Discovering the Inner Control Freak

Posted on September 8, 2014. Filed under: Cancer |

Self-publishing my first book of poems and paintings, Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd has revealed my inner control freak. True to control freak nature, I decided to self-publish because I published two books in the 1990s through publishers and would prefer a bigger piece of the pie. Since I have the resources to design and lay out a book, what can a publisher offer me? OK, maybe if a publisher is super respected, my book would magically fly off the shelves at Barnes & Noble, but that’s a long shot and frankly, I don’t have time to keep sending it out before someone says “yes.” I’m getting old. Plus, this spring I received a grant from the City of Chicago to produce the book.

I reveled in assembling the manuscript and working with designers to come up with a great cover, which is often out of your control when working with a publisher. seemed like a cool place to send my files. emilydeskSo far, they’ve been fine to work with. They’re able to get me a coveted ISBN number and the book should be available through all the usual avenues, such as Amazon and others. They’ll also create a mobile version.

After about seven rounds of proofing, I decided I better just let go and wait for the one proof copy to arrive. By then, I’ll have fresh eyes for one last and final round of changes. I’m sure I’ll find something!

 WhooHoo! My poetry manuscript is in production. Now it’s time to clean my desk! Stay tuned.

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keep us posted.

So happy for you. This is great news!

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Congrats! Can’t wait!

That is so great! Please lete know when it’s available to buy.

Yeah!!!!! Now, in your categories add poetry and self-publishing and paintings and even the name of your book as well as other appropriate tags that will reach a wide audience!

Congrats Emily, cannot wait!!

So excited to follow you on this new journey…so much more fun than cancer! ; D

Wonderful News!!! I can’t wait to read it.

Imagine when it first arrives in the box and opening and being
ecstatic beyond
what you imagined !!!

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