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Monday, 27 February 2012

The Publishing Iceberg ... Never Trust a Creative with a Timeline

"So when can we buy your book?"

July 2011

November 2011

January 2012

February 2012

March 2012

My book is finally ready for online publishing, my dear and patient friends.  

Despite a number of false starts, and a book trailer that has been watched by 885 people (as of today) that states it will be ready for purchase eight months ago.

And of course, when I say finally ready, I mean it will be available to purchase in the next 14 days ... it has been written, has had numerous edits (by myself and others), has a cover (as seen above), has a theme song, and has even more book trailers... something tells me I just like making book trailers.

Naturally, now I have to think about such things like a website, a Facebook page, and how to take it from one in a million books, to THE one in a million book.  I came up with that just as I write.  Thanks.  I know.  Brilliant, right?

So when I said last week this is when my journey starts, what I REALLY meant to say is THIS is where my journey starts.

Publishing Iceberg.
But I guess the lesson here is that it takes much, much longer than you expect to get a project off the ground like this - ESPECIALLY when you're taking the world on yourself, and not got a whole paid publishing and marketing team behind you.  There are just so many things to do in the unseen (FYI self-publishers).

My publishing team is me.  And my marketing team is my readers who are obsessed with like my book and tell others about it.  (Kind of like my blog.)

(And creatives are, well, creative with expected timelines, too.  That's why publishers set the release dates and not authors, I guess.)

Anyway, I am just so so so excited about the release, I thought I'd drop you a line.

Oh, and by the way, if you like my book cover above, check out the graphic designing team that created it and their 'off-the-chart' creativity at: www.neverlandstudio.com.au

Sunday, 12 February 2012

I'm breaking out of the 9-5 cubicle and burning my monkey suit... it's time to follow my dream!


Yes.  It is exciting, and frightening, and everything in between.  I have finally broken free of the rat race, and am ready to take on the brave new world of big dreams.

My dream is to be a full-time storyteller.  That is a novelist, script writer, animator, etc.  And today I took the biggest step of all... I quit my safety blanket job.  What's more, I've bought tickets to go overseas - I need to get out of my comfort zone a little to grow and keep my writing inspired.  

There is no going back.  This is it.  If you'd like to hear how I go, follow my blog, because I plan to keep you, my friend, in the loop on all things "Project Dreaming".  I'll let you know of every little success, and every little embarrassing failure.

Peace.  Yours truly.  Live long and prosper.