Up and Down and Merrily Around

So I got the email this morning from Kindle saying “yeah, we’re gonna publish the book”… “BUT”…

“Please allow 48 hours for the system to populate your link for purchase.”

HUH?

Meanwhile it’s still in the “publishing” stage on the site, and I can’t even add in the cover I made for it.  Yeah, I probably should have done that FIRST, but you guys know me.  I never do anything the easy way.

The good news from yesterday is that I finally got my stickers from VistaPrint, so I can start putting together Con Swag.  *twirls finger*  Wooo.  I’m so excited.

About the con, yes.  About the swag, not so much.

I’ve already made three dozen of these silly little bookmarks… now I have to attach them to card stock and add stickers for color.  The only problem is that the bookmarks are longer than the card stock.  So now I have to figure out some cute, artsy way to attach them and not come off looking like the special-needs author.

Bookmarks for an e-book author… doesn’t make much sense, does it?  But again… I don’t do anything easily.

Really, the big challenge for the con is going to be figuring out how to market myself.  I’d thought about having a T-shirt made that says “I’m Pregnant.  Buy my book and help pay for my kid”….. but I didn’t think that would go over too well.  I’d also thought about just being myself, but that might scare people off.

I’ll put my foot in my mouth at least once that weekend, say something extremely stupid in front of the wrong person, and end up looking like a fool.  I know it’s coming, and I’m not really worried about it.  I look at it this way:  If people like me enough to buy my stuff, great!  If not, meh…I’ll try again next time, whenever that may be.

There was some discussion about the possibility of me showing up at MysticCon next year, but that would require me to take a one-month-old out in the middle of February.  And have the money to go.  And have the energy to make the drive and face people at the Con.

I’ll look into it, and as it gets closer to time then maybe I’ll sign up.

Moving on again.

I spent a good portion of yesterday looking at literary agencies.  I’ve set the romance/erotica stuff to the side for a bit (I’m just NOT inspired right now), and I’ve picked up Neverland Wars again.    I started writing it last year in Allen Wold’s writing workshop at ConCarolinas, and I do have a particular soft spot for it.  In my scattered little brain, it has the potential to do well… I’ve not believed in something of mine like this for a long time.

Once it’s finished and polished, it’s definitely going to be used to hook an agent.  Preferably one that works both the Sci-Fi/Fantasy angle AND the Romance side, because I am all over the place.  Yeah, it w0uld take a whole lot longer to get something sold and in print, but the fact remains that it would more than likely be in print, and there are few things I want more than to be able to hold a book in my hands that has my name on it.

It’s not about the money, or the potential for fame, or even the bragging rights.  It’s about being able to have something tangible in my hands that I can look at and tell myself “I did it.”  A major accomplishment and a personal milestone… it would be a way of proving to myself that I’ve reached my goals for myself.

And on another, totally random note…

I sent off the information last night to take a Medical Transcription class.  I figure that I need something to fall back on until the writing is enough to support me (please? maybe?), and when I go out in January, I really don’t want to have to come back to a full-time desk job.  I’d much rather work from home and take care of the kids the old-fashioned way.

And with that, I’m out.  Talk to you tomorrow, kids.

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One response to “Up and Down and Merrily Around

  1. You’re not going to say something stupid. That’s MY job. I generally just try to go with it.

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