English: Cover of the 2009 print of Time Will Run Back by Henry Hazlitt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It seems the best laid plans go awry- I do love that word. I had got it all worked out, I booked in the print run with the printer for the beginning of October and once the proofs were approved it would be ‘bobs-your-uncle’ done. Well it seems what I thought was ‘booked in for the beginning of October’ really meant ‘any time in October’! So as of last Wednesday they still haven’t started? I can only apologise profusely to anyone who is waiting patiently….I am assured it is still scheduled to print for October. Once the process starts it takes about a week to arrive at the finished bound book.
I was even more disconcerted when I received an email from the printer on Tuesday to say that they were expecting a brand new super -duper litho press at the end of October (it turns out that meant the very last day of October) and that my book would be perfect to print on that, would I mind putting it back a couple of weeks? Errrr yes? It was a bit short notice to ask me that with orders placed and after asking , I found that it is super- duper fast but only very marginally better in finish so I stayed in the queue I was in. It’s a bit like queueing in a bank or a Post Office, should I join the shortest queue or the one that is moving (it appears) faster? The tortoise and the hare dilemma. I opted for staying put, as I pointed out, as with most machines it will need bedding in, wrinkles ironed out etc. so two weeks delay could stretch to three and then it still has to be printed and bound looking more like the end of November. Time vanished fast into a black hole.
עברית: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I shouldn’t be surprised as the whole journey from writing a book to consequently getting it published has many hiccoughs and hurdles along the way, I’m telling myself this is just another kink in the road. Chillax. At least I’m not having it printed on one of those printers, it would take months!!!!
This blogsite is all about my journey from writing ‘Androula’s Kitchen’ my first effort, to getting published. It is a journey so many have done before me and so many are doing as I write. The easy part is writing and putting together the whole package of presentation, a really fun part, but then the path ahead becomes a little hazy and confusing. There are so many hopeful writers out there and so many paths to choose from once you have written. Do you get an agent or dive straight in and find a publisher? I started looking for a publisher in Cyprus for two reasons really, one, I thought they would be more sympathetic to the material of the book and two I thought this might be simpler as there is much less choice. Indeed as far as I am aware there is only one publishing house functioning in the manner that we would expect in the U.K. the norm is more on a self publishing basis. It is a very small country the market is much smaller and so therefore are the profits I guess.
I was hopeful, as very early on the one publisher showed a keen interest in ‘Androula’s Kitchen’ and I couldn’t believe my luck, they were negotiating a book distribution deal in the UK at the time of me approaching them, a vital part of the deal for both of us. Sadly a few months further down the line this deal fell through and they were unable to secure another. So this left me with the rather more difficult task of wading in and finding an agent in the U.K. Or should that be a publisher??? For better or worse I’ve started with a search for an agent purely because there are fewer of them to choose from. The list of publishers and their requirements is a daunting one which I might yet have to work my way through. At the moment I have taken advice from a writer’s web site and started with a list of 10 agents to whom, a few at a time, I’m sending an enquiry with link. It will be a slow process as they all get many submissions a week and have a respond time of between 6 and 8 weeks, but it’s better than doing nothing and sticking all that work in the metaphorical drawer and forgetting about it so I can move on to the next project. I’ll just have to grit my teeth and get on with it however long it takes.
It is a task though, I have to admit ,I find every excuse to avoid, and time seems to march on inexorably. As I look out of the window the daffodils are nodding and the sun is out beckoning but my head must be forced to bend over the keyboard and plough on. Ahh publisher, publisher, wherefore art thou…..?