So I have a new marketing team helping me to make the most of my meager advertising budget. One of them told me I should be as controversial as possible in my press releases because that would attract more free publicity. So I'm thinking - geez, I'm just a gay HIV+ athiest Republican who writes gay books marketed at teenagers. What is there about me that could possibly be controversial? I'll work on it.
I'm sitting and waiting for my galleys of the new edition of Orphan's Quest to come in. These times where I have to wait for stuff remind me how much work I still have to do on being patient. I'm pretty low key and easy-going most of the time, but once I get involved in a project, the type A in me emerges. I want everything done yesterday. Of course, in publishing, absolutely nothing happens quickly. Even owning my own publishing house, I have to depend on my cover artist, my distributors, reviewers, marketers and, of course, customers, all of whom have schedules of their own. I really need to just chill out and do what I said I was going to do during these down times: catch up on my reading. I finished one book and have started two others. There's no excuse for me not to finish them. And yet I find myself climbing the walls instead waiting for galleys to be printed and for June to come so that I can move on to the next phase of the publication and publicity process (good alliteration, huh?). I should just stop it (and stop bitching about it) and open one of those books back up. Once I start Numen's Trust (book three of my trilogy) in earnest, I won't be able to read anything until it's finished, so I really have to make the most of this time.
Why should any of you care about any of this? Well, unless you're interested in the writing and publishing process, you probably don't. However, as I haven't posted a real journal entry here in some time, I thought I'd catch you up on what's going through my fevered brain.
At least the weather has been beautiful these last few days. In Maine, you have to appreciate what little moderate weather you get. Most of the year sucks. I can't wait to move to Chicago later this summer (see, there I go being impatient again).
Hope everyone has a nice spring and summer.
Ciao for now!