It’s been an adventure, especially over the past couple of weeks. The Christmas crafting projects have gone well, and the final one is in progress, so that’s on track. It’s the book that’s been the adventure. You might have seen that she published her latest tome titled Joy on the Journey – Walking With the Holy Spirit Every Day on Friday (November 10). Mommy actually started as a Christian/inspirational writer, but switched to fiction when that market dried up for her. She was surprised when she got an idea for another inspirational book, but decided to run with it. So we helped her get it finalized and submitted to PublishAmerica, the publisher who published her first book, Battleground Earth – Living by Faith in a Pagan World.
It bounced back. So did another message to one of her contacts. She did some digging and learned that PublishAmerica shut their doors last summer and “revamped” as a book promotion company. And she was never notified, or returned rights to the book. There are lawsuits all over the place for this. She decided that, since Battleground Earth isn’t really selling and her fiction is, to let others fight that fight, and self publish Joy on the Journey. So we went back through it to remove any references to imply that it’s a sequel to Battleground Earth, just to cover herself in case somebody gets their own butthurt over it (people being sued usually lash out at others so they can feel better about themselves – but how do you query a publisher who isn’t there anymore?), and we hit the “publish” button with her while she was off for Veteran’s Day last Friday. Since then, it’s been updating things and promotion. If you’re interested in it, you can take a look at the blurb at Dark Mirrors and get it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and iBooks (you have go get it through your app on your Apple device). She’s not doing the paperback option, because she hasn’t sold a paperback book since 2012.
So that’s been our adventure over the past couple of weeks. A bit frustrating, but in the end she got to self publish it like she preferred, got over the frustration to have some fun with the process, and it’s out there now, just in time for the holidays and prime book-selling season (which is October – January). Now we’ve settled back in for her to finish this final small cross stitch project, and keeping things flowing in all areas of life as we head into the whirlwind that is the holiday season.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great rest of the week!