Friday, October 26, 2007

Still Waiting

"So much of human life is lost in waiting." –Emerson 1841

Okay, so maybe that quote is a little over dramatic. After all, it’s only been seven months since I signed the contract with ArcheBooks. I added ‘only’ to make myself feel better, but it doesn’t help. It still feels more like seven years.

I utter sage words like, “Quit thinking about it. When it happens, it happens. A watched pot never boils,” and so on, but I can’t seem to heed my own advice.

I’ve poured over the ArcheBooks web site, looking for insights into the publishing world, and although there are certainly many helpful and interesting articles in the Author’s Writing Corner,, nothing really addresses my burning question, “When is The Ride going to be released?”

ArcheBooks has released a new book this month. Prudy Taylor Board’s, A Grave Injustice. I really enjoyed her last book, Murder a la Carte, so I’m looking forward to reading this one. But, one of the first things that crossed my mind when I saw the release was, “Oh, good, that’s one less book the publisher has to work on so maybe now I’ll hear something about mine.” A bit selfish, but…hey, I’m being honest here.

The logical side of me understands there’s more to the editing process than finding mistakes and making revisions. There’s formatting, proofing, something called a book block, cover design, dust jackets and a spine stamp. So deep down, I guess I know why every process of publishing a book drags on for an eternity, but it doesn’t make it easier to accept.

Now I’m going to try to get through another week without checking my e-mail or phone every two minutes to see if there’s a message from my editor. If I make it without driving myself insane, I’ll see you next week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jane Kennedy Sutton
Author of The Ride (soon to be released by ArcheBooks Publishing)

Tags: The Ride, Archebooks, Prudy Taylor Board, A Grave Injustice, Murder a la Carte

1 comment:

Sandy Lender said...

Waiting for you is a lonely business; what more can I do? I could be here until Christmas.

-- from Duran Duran's Lonely Business

Ah, Jane, thank you for the opportunity to quote Duran lyrics while I, too, wait impatiently...wait impatiently for the release of the new Duran album November 13. ;)

Sandy L.

Jane's Ride - Novelist Jane Kennedy Sutton's journey through the ups and downs of the writing, publishing and marketing world