Struggle, Joy, Insight…
May 25, 2012
Beware : Blatant Self Promotion
(But Dobie is giving away another copy of Lies of Convenience)
Post redux, as they say…
Lies of Convenience has just been released in paper and eBook. That’s the JOY part! Getting to this point was the STRUGGLE, and what I’m now thinking about the whole process–is the INSIGHT.
After deciding to write this blog about the release, my second thought was–who would be interested in reading the back-story about it? The darned book was finally out, so what the heck? My third consideration, though, was to remember the blog tour I’d just finished, and as a writer and reader, how much I enjoyed hearing how other writers did their thing–from research, through process, through characters and setting–through publication–including even their office environments. So, along with saying YAHOO! my latest book is finally out, thought I’d add a couple comments. Starting with the best part–
JOY! There is nothing like the feeling of holding your latest, touching the paper, smelling the book, looking at the words (even seeing the e-file is a good feeling–though not quite the same) All the words I can think to describe the feeling are superlative and over the top–but oh, so true. And the thought someone can now read your words, see the mental pictures you see, enjoy your stories–feels sooooooo good.
STRUGGLE! Finished Lies of Convenience last fall–only completing the publishing “get to market” process recently–and that’s a really long story more apropos for sharing over a glass of wine at a conference! “It wasn’t easy” about sums it up. And as to editing–you’d think I’d be better at it by now–I’ve had to fix “gremlin” screw-ups even in an already well edited manuscript, and continually through each proof, including the final paper proof. Some examples? Some of the less horrendous things I didn’t see are–question marks missing, question marks that should be there, articles that shouldn’t be there, and ones that are missing, unneeded “that-s,” a wrong character name even… Endless. And I only edited the manuscript–maybe 50 times? Well, sure seems like it…
So, dear readers, those errors you still find, someone else put them there. I usually blame Buster, or sometimes Tempe (smile). Truth is, if it weren’t for my agent and editor extraordinaire, even in my FINAL proof, there would still be multitudinous snafus. Thank you, Kitty Kladstrup!
The INSIGHT in all this? Indeed, sometimes I wonder why I keep going through the “publishing” hell. The answers are obvious–I Love to write–and I Love for a reader to say, I enjoyed your work! And like I mentioned earlier, having the book in hand is truly wonderful–but bringing joy to readers trumps everything–and well worth the hassle of getting my words out into the world for others to enjoy.
I still remember my own joy of escaping into wonderful fictional worlds of other authors as a young girl…
Sure hope you enjoy my latest…
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