Well, it’s finally happening: My book Spree comes out—if all goes well—the middle of next month.
It’s hard to describe what I’m going through. It’s exciting and hectic and I find myself loving every minute of it. Tacky as it sounds, I’ve had a couple nights where I had trouble getting to sleep. The first one was the night I found out when it was being published. I signed my contract back in January, and I knew it would be a while before publication happened. But, of course, this being my first, I spent an anxious year waiting for Duke Pennell, my editor, to give me the good news. He kept me updated as often as he could, but his company, Pen-L Publishing, has been growing its stable of authors quite rapidly this past year. It’s a good thing to have happen.
The next time I had trouble sleeping was when Casey Cowan, creative director of Oghma Creative Media (yes, I’m shamelessly plugging these folks, and with good reason) brought me the concept for my cover design, which I’m helpfully—and proudly—including below. This isn’t the final version, of course (you’ll see it though, have no fear), but it gives you a good idea of what this company is capable of.
Just to extend those plugs a bit further, Pen-L Publishing is an independent publisher made up of writers. I’ve known Duke and his wife Kimberly for some time now, and they formed this publishing venture a year or more ago, and it’s really taken off, from what I can see. He’s published books from members of my writers group as well as authors from across the country, including Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Duke appreciates good writing, and it’s nice to have my editor right there as I read new projects in group. Saves a lot of time in the editing process.
As for Oghma, they too are made up of members of my writers group. Velda Brotherton, one of the group leaders, had been using some of our meetings to educate us about how to promote our books in this electronic age, and these three started talking about putting that into practice. They offer a wide range of services, from book covers to professional editing to promotional materials of all kinds.
Again, a company of writers doing services for writers. And they’re not some faraway New York company made up of faceless businessmen whose only concern is the bottom line. Both companies work with new authors, and we can use all the help we can get.
Over the next few weeks, leading up to publication and beyond, I’ll be posting about the process and where I’m at in it. I know it’s something of a mysterious process for unpublished writers. I mean, we read up and educate ourselves about how to get published, but as to what happens after acceptance…well, I’ve not seen many articles about that. So I thought I’d shine some light on my experiences, hoping it’ll help somebody else out there know what to expect.
So stay tuned. The journey’s just getting started….