It’s less than two weeks away. On December 19, you can hold my book in your hot little hands…well, the kindle version. You can order a print copy that day, but you won’t get it until a few days later. Maybe in time for Christmas? I honestly do not know.
Working with a publisher is definitely different than working by myself, though. One of the biggest differences is the lack of control I have over things. I want to do things my way, put the book out when I’m ready to do so, things like that. I’ve never been good at relinquishing control of things. Trusting someone else with the story I’ve been working on for over a decade? It’s tough.
But those are just my hang ups. Working with Royal James Publishing should ultimately be pretty rewarding. They’ve been a big help so far with helping set up the marketing and all that. The cover turned out great, even if they didn’t go with my original idea (I figure they’ve got actual experience designing covers and things, whereas I do not, so I’m gonna trust they know what they’re doing. Besides, I really do like the cover a lot). I have to trust my partners in this. They want this book to be successful as much as I do. I mean, for me, it’s a passion project, but not my only source of income. Not even my primary source of income. Hell, maybe not even my secondary source of income (we’re talking tertiary, behind my day job and driving for Uber, largely because I’ve made a grand total of $0 off the book so far). I mostly just want folks to read and enjoy my book. The publisher wants it to be financially successful.
So, yeah, hard as it is for me to give up control of things, as hard as it is for me to let someone else take responsibility for aspects of my work, I don’t really have a choice at the moment. And that’s okay. Learning to let go can be a liberating experience.