A New Job

The contract is signed and the manuscript has arrived at my publisher.

“Guess that is that.”

And then the email questions start to come: who would you like to write the blurbs for the book, where will we send your ARCs, who do you want to do some book reviews? And I’m thrown into a near panic. ARCs? I don’t even know what an ARC is. Blurbs? Umm. I don’t know. Book Reviews? Oh, bother.And this is what I find out: I have a new job. And I really don’t have a job description. And, oh, BTW your job starts yesterday.

And so I begin to study the whole idea of the publication process. Of all the books I’ve read, one of my favorites is What To Do Before Your Book Launch by M.J. Rose and Randy Susan Meyers.

I begin to make a list on a sheet of loose leaf paper.

It takes about one minute for me to see the necessity to find a notebook instead: college ruled and thick.

  1. Read Contract ✓
  2. Sign Contract ✓
  3. Line edit manuscript ✓
  4. Print out ms ✓
  5. Send ms to Autumn House, snail mail ✓
  6. Send ms to Autumn House, email ✓
  7. Learn about blurbs
  8. Learn about book reviews
  9. What the heck is an ARC?

I work on it half and hour and have a hundred items on my new to-do-list.

Looks like the new job and I are on a roll. Looks like it’s going to take awhile. Six of the things on the list have check marks. Only ninety-three to go.

Jill Kandel
  • Gianna
    Posted at 11:44h, 17 September Reply

    Funny thing how we make lists and lists and lists OF lists all since we started doing, and then suddenly there’s a list makes you so happy, you didn’t know such a thing existed. Maybe, yeah?

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 09:10h, 25 September Reply

      I agree. Some lists are just a burden and way too full. Others make you smile even though they are a lot of work. Somehow it is Happy Work.

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