This month on the Christian Writers blog chain, we’re talking about the word “savor” and its many possibilities. What have I been savoring lately? Oh, that’s an easy one – I’m savoring the experience of being a published writer.
It started earlier this week, when I uploaded Chantal’s Call to Amazon as a Kindle e-book. I was expecting 12 hours or so to elapse before the book went live, so I went to bed that night at my usual time, around 10:30. Four hours later, I woke up needing a bathroom visit. When I returned to my room, I thought, Wonder if the book is live yet?
So much for sleep.
I spent the next three hours on Facebook, here and anywhere else I had an account, announcing my baby’s birth to cyberspace. Even tried to notify my entire Yahoo address book via an email BCCed to everyone, but Yahoo would have none of that – its spam police “detected suspicious activity” on my account and blocked the message from going out. What, I can’t tell everyone I’ve ever exchanged emails with about my book? How rude…
So now, I’m savoring the feeling of being in freefall as I monitor book sales (yes, I’ve sold a few copies in the two days it’s been available), look for ways to increase distribution, discover my mistakes (why didn’t I just use Smashwords instead of separate uploads to Amazon and B&N?), reacquaint myself with the formatting needs of a print book (oops, forgot the page numbers; gotta fix that before CreateSpace can release the POD edition), and even consider creating a business for my hobbies turned kudzu. I have no idea where I’ll land, but I’m skydiving in tandem with God, so I know I’ll survive and even enjoy the fall.
While I have you here, let me bounce an idea off you: I’m thinking about incorporating as Bonney Enterprises LLC, with Bonney Designs (my Etsy shop) and JTH Publishing as divisions. Any thoughts?
I can hear you now – what’s JTH? That’s Jumping Through Hoops, my friends. I even have a logo idea in mind…
One last thought: Yesterday’s Cryptoquote puzzle offered a bit of wisdom I found especially well timed as I continue making small steps into publication: “The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.” – Charles de Lint
May you savor the road you’re on as you journey toward your goals.
Update 3/31: The Nook version went live this morning! Now Mom’s co-workers who’ve been waiting three days can download it.