Wednesday, April 13, 2011

An exploding brain

It is 7 a.m. and i have already had a half hour discussion with Dave about the design of my posters for my Waterstone’s events. He is creative and adventurous with design. I am conservative and have too many other things to think about.

A good friend emailed me yesterday to say she loved the cover of my book, and told me other news, and I found myself writing back - “I’m sorry to be so brief, but I don’t email for pleasure any more.” What a poser I sounded.

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What I meant was - “My brain is frazzled with trying to organise so many different things at once and trying to contact so many different people about so many different things” –

    • working out how to upload an image of the book to the entry on Amazon;
    • persuading the wholesalers to stock it;
    • amending the book details on Nielsen (the definitive books database. Nielsen are in charge of ISBNs);
    • emailing radio stations and journalists;
    • writing begging letters to famous people, asking them to read my book and give me a plug for the cover;
    • posting pre-release copies to people who actually want them;
    • etc;
    • etc;
    • etc;   

I am a writer, and not a natural publicist, office manager, accounts clerk, publisher, or techie.  But then, three years ago I couldn’t play the saxophone, or balance on a slackline, could I?

I love the book, I believe in the book, and I will do my damnedest to sell it.



lyn said...

Take a deep breath Sue & everything will work out, I'm sure. Even loading the cover picture on Amazon. You've done the important bit, writing the book. Now you can concentrate on getting it out to your readers. I'm looking forward to reading it. Good Luck!

Sue Hepworth said...

Thanks, Lyn. I crossed a lot off my list today (as in accomplished them) and have just reminded my saxophone who I am, and now I feel better.