My new book, FOREVER, has been submitted to the publisher as of today (Friday, January 18, 2013) and should go to the production department Monday. I must say itâ€™s exciting and a little daunting to face once again the work process which goes into publishing a book. I really thought after having one manuscript published I would be an old pro at it, but no matter how organized you think you are, something goes awry.
Getting an email with a book Submission Form attached should have been an easy thing to do. The form came to me in a read only file. To those of you who donâ€™t know what that means, itâ€™s simply this: I could only read the file, not work with it or write on it at all.Â With no luck trying to save it to something that would work, I finally gave up. My submission consultant, Joan, asked the questions over the phone and filled in the blanks for me. Iâ€™m thinking to myself, smooth sailing the rest of the way. WRONG!!!!
Next, Author House tells me I need to send my picture and logo; they canâ€™t find the ones they had on file.Â I mean, really! Are they kidding me?? At this point Iâ€™m trying real hard not to ask the question, â€œWhat could possibly go wrong next.â€ Iâ€™ve learned from experience if you ask, youâ€™re in for bigger trouble.
I found the author picture in my files and my daughter saved the day with the logo pictures. Thank you, Lisa.Â Buttttttttt, perhaps unconsciously the no-no question swirled in my brain becauseâ€¦
â€¦a black window with white lettering pops up on my screen. It wonâ€™t leave, no matter what I do and tells me â€œnot connected to your wireless. Please push wireless button to turn back on.â€ First, I didnâ€™t know I had a wireless button and secondly, if I did I sure didnâ€™t know where to find it.
By this time my head hurts, my neck is having spasms, Iâ€™m trying my best to meet a deadline and I canâ€™t get rid of the dreaded black box.Â After wasting what seemed like thirty minutes, but in reality most likely was ten, trying to make the black box go away, I brought in the expert, my husband, Bill. He sits down at my desk, takes a fleeting glance, at least it seemed fleeting to me, and voilÃ , the box is gone. â€œWhat did you do,â€ I asked. â€œPushed the wireless button,â€ he said. I was sure he had waved a magic wand or something.Â â€œWhere the heck is the button?â€ I wanted to know.Â Trying not to smile, he told me.Â I thanked him profusely and sat back down at my desk.
Iâ€™m sure once FOREVER gets to production there will be more drama but for now, my wireless is up and running, my manuscript has been uploaded to the publishing house. YEA!!!