It’s Monday again, and things are piling up already. Somehow, obviously due to bad planning or wildly over-estimating my juggling abilities, I have two books coming out. The first, the reprint edition of my first book – The Dilemma of Arnulf of Lisieux – should arrive today in its final proof form. When I say OK, it automatically goes into production and appears for sale on Amazon within hours.
That’s good, right? Well, maybe! But as I keep trying to tell new authors – and myself – once the book is finished, the work is just beginning. It will need promotion and marketing. This book has an admittedly limited audience, so I can’t hope that it will just reach out and grab readers. I’m going to be very busy letting the small community of medieval historians and art historians know that it is now available again after having been put on a back shelf by a press that did not have the personnel or resources to keep promoting it.
And at the same time, my newest effort, The Road to Frogmore, is entering its final pre-publication phase. I’ve finished revising and polishing the front matter and back matter at the suggestion of my beta readers. And I’m doing that all-important final read-through. I’m up to Chapter 13 out of 50 –with still a long way to go and a lot of spelling and punctuation to check. It goes to print just as soon as the last photo arrives from its archival source.
In between proofing chapters, I’m chatting with the very talented woman who is creating the Frogmore book trailer. It’s looking gorgeous, and I’m dying to put it out there on YouTube for everyone to see, but we both want it to be perfect first. And in a related issue, I’m trying to visualize a way to design a bookmark that will echo the appearance of both the book cover and the trailer—no easy task!
There are promotional matters to think about in connection with Frogmore, too. The story is set in a very specific spot in South Carolina, and it is so tied to the history of that region that I need to do some major marketing there. So I’m also juggling plans to be in South Carolina in early November. Buy that only comes after two other required trips –one to Tampa for a Lions meeting in September, and then just a week later, to Ohio for the Military Writers Society of America Conference, where I’m scheduled to participate in two panel discussions and present two other seminars – all before the Awards Banquet where I have two nominations in contention.
Lesson of the day: Think before you say, “Sure! I can do that. No problem!”