During this time my publisher kept telling me I would receive copies of my books within two weeks. Those two weeks past without any books, I sent a not so pleasant email, and I was told I would receive the books in two weeks. Another fourteen days past, I sent more unpleasant note, and I was told the books would be sent to me in another two weeks. Another half a month past, and ...
Well, you see the pattern. In the latest communication, I was told that a copy of my book would be mailed early enough in order for me to promote it with much joy and pride in this very column. The mailbox was empty on Saturday, I had a glorious pity party -- sorry I didn't invite you, and my confidence was at an all time low.
My loving wife, who has been my largest supporter since I took on this writing endeavor, saw the pain I was in and took me to breakfast after most of the guests had left my depression dance. She sat me down, shoved a bacon and cheddar panini in front of me, and told me in no uncertain terms to forget what was going on with Paradise Not Quite Lost and move on to my other writing projects.
And that is what I'm going to do. I can no longer let the machinations of my publisher and Paradise Not Quite Lost prevent me from working on my other projects, including the first self-published book under my imprint -- Wooden Pants Publishing. Sure, I may not have my first novel available at the Northern Colorado Writers conference but I'll certainly have a story to tell. And, if everything goes as scheduled, I'll have another book to promote while there.
What lesson does my tale of woe promote? Basically, don't put all of your oval chicken products into one wicker holding container with a handle. Don't wait by the mailbox for your completed book to appear. Put it on the back burner and start on your next task. Trust me, you won't need to hold a pity party if you're busy.
Oh, and my next project? Stay tuned to find out.
Have you had a pity party about a recent publication?
UPDATE: Karma once again prevails. Mere hours after I posted this column I receive a copy Paradise Not Quite Lost in the mail. Now, we wait to see how long until its actual release.