Writing a book is like a never ending treasure hunt… you think you follow the map, dig deep and unlock the box only to discover another clue… and so on and so on… While I was under the impression that I was making fairly good progress I didn’t know that the “Author’s Guide” provided with my contract in July 2015 became obsolete in September 2016 – but nobody let this author know. Yes, I could have gone to the publisher’s website (for information for authors) but I did not have the correct link which was finally provided a couple of days ago.
I am slightly frustrated but am not looking for sympathy. (The fault is entirely mine for not working more diligently on the manuscript and “putting this project to bed” earlier.) Among other “things” I have to review all the images I already processed and change the size designation – a little surprise I wish I had known about from the start.
But the biggest hurdle I have yet to navigate (and recently found) is the fact that I must conduct and submit a Market Survey before the manuscript will even be considered. This means I must provide people’s and business’ names and contacts that may be interested in reviewing the upcoming Kantha book, might promote it to their groups, guilds and friends.
I have spent nearly two days filling in the lengthy computer form and finally had a light bulb moment! I am appealing to you, the follower of this blog, former Kantha student, friend, textile artist and hand stitcher: Please send me an idea, local book store address, guild info with contact or any other person or your ideas about who might be interested in providing a review once the book is out and/or those who would help in promoting the book. Please send me a personal email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible – the deadline is fast approaching!
Well, it’s not all bad – other than that I feel I have not accomplished much so far. All files remain active, I have not been able to close any of them and give myself some satisfaction or feeling of accomplishment. 12 solid days of working on the computer leave me cross-eyed and exhausted every evening. I was less tired when I taught 15 high impact aerobics classes in the 80s… The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel will appear when I have received the last outstanding Kantha pieces for photography and inclusion in the gallery chapter. They will be on their way to me next week.
Meanwhile… I will go back to the Marketing survey. Please consider providing me with ideas of who to contact if you have no specific names or businesses and guilds to share. Enjoy your weekend!