Holiday Weekends Give Birth To Books
September 3, 2010 by rtwsenior
Here it is, Labor Day Weekend already and I’m about to make a run to the beach to enjoy this very beautiful weather. I can’t take this ability to run around lightly any more, since things were buttoned up very tightly around here for about two weeks this month when my son became very sick. I needed to be right here, 24/7 and even a quick run to the grocery store had to be planned in advance. This meant that not a whole lot of life’s usual duties, such as this blog or the book production activities could move along as they usually do.
But now he is better and life is back to normal. So, I shall run out to the beach before the holiday crowds come in tomorrow.
In spite of the setback, my third book, And Yet A Little While, will be ready to send to the printers right after everybody returns to work from the long weekend. My sister, Ann Sargent, just finished the copy editing process last week and I have taken her advice and fixed things as she saw fit. Now, my recovered son, Randy, is giving the manuscript one last critical read-through. The cover design is in the hands of Creative Graphics, a firm right here in Dunedin and, I ran over there yesterday to check the work at the midway point. I love what they have done and everything is coming along swiftly and beautifully. It’s great not to have to plan a cover with a company in Argentina (my first book) or in Denver (my second book) but just a mile away.
I just realized that it was over the 4th of July holiday that I was submitting my material to Lightning Source Printers in Tennessee, when In Secret Diffusion was finally ready to go. And now, two months later, also a major national holiday, I’m about to finalize another book for publication.
What’s the next three-day weekend I can aim at for book #4? I don’t know, but I’m sure to land on it…. Thanksgiving? Christmas? I have that next manuscript (The Insatiable Sea ) halfway done already and the cover art is finished, so it could very well be possible. Someday maybe I’ll slow down on the cranking out of books and start marketing them. But since I can’t walk and chew gum at the same time or toot my own horn while I’m trying to think, I choose the important stuff. Get these books into life and worry about the small stuff later.