Saturday, June 4, 2011

Heaven and Hell

Publishing is Heaven for editors and Hell for writers.

Well, maybe it's not Heaven for editors.  I wouldn't know.  Never been an editor.  But I am a writer, and I can state from my experience that PUBLISHING IS HELL.

I have been fighting to publish Heart of Stone.  Fighting.  I fired my cover artist who held me up for 4 months and hired Peter Ratcliffe who produced a cover in . . . lessee . . . first contact was 15 May 2011 . . . approved cover delivered 28 May 2011 . . .  thirteen days. 

Rob Siders, whom I hired to format Heart of Stone, recommended Peter.  I have been pleased to work with Rob and Amy Siders.  Every exchange has been pleasant.  He delivered when he said he would.  For ebook formatting, I strongly recommend Rob.

So if I have had outstanding positive experiences with Rob and Peter, why am I so pyssed off?

Because those have been my only positive experiences.  Everything else sucks.  Sucks, sucks, sucks.

I know me.  I know the way I work.  I am goal-oriented and single-minded.  When I want some goal done, I will drop other tasks until that goal is achieved.  Heart of Stone is the only dymned thing on my DayTimer now.  Nothing else is happening.

In the month of May, I wrote 1,500 words.  1,500 words in a month!?  I can write 1,500 words in a morning.  And so far in June, none, zilch, nada.

I have a short story, Flight Out, ready to go.  Okay, needs to have the cover stuck in, but then it can be uploaded to Amazon.  I have not looked at it in three weeks.

I know in my bones what Joe Konrath means when he says he would pay an agent's fee -- 15% -- to have someone take the manuscript and publish the book for him.

And now I understand why Hemingway drank so much.  08.20 AM and I have already finished my first glass of wine.  I wonder if I'll make it to noon before I break into the 18-year-old Glenfiddich.

Gonna be a helluva teatime today, boys and girls.

1 comment:

  1. It is what it is.

    You need two minds. When the nitpicky details start getting to you, you just shut down the mind that has to deal with them and fire up the mind that deals with creative stuff. :P

    That said, I'm on my 2.5th glass of wine. However, it's nearly 9 pm here.