I am struggling to grasp this. I imagine other writers have gone through the same thing. I am often comforted (and disappointed) to find that most of my reactions to absolutely everything are quite normal, despite being a little bizarre.
Anyway, here I sit. I have written this novel and my work is done. I have handed it out to a few very carefully selected and trusted individuals, and for now the ball is in their court. But here on my side of the court, I am struggling and ball-less. I don’t know what to do without the ball… (Okay time to change metaphors!)
My work is done. At least for now. So now I wait? It seems mad!! And it is taking every last ounce of self control not to constantly poke my “editors” and beg them for feedback. Maybe they are avoiding me because they hate it?
None of this is the point! I don’t know why I wrote any of that actually…. Clearly I have gone mad.
The point is that I plan to publish my new book through Katalina Publishing and I’m quite excited about it because I think it’s fitting that my own book be the first book published by the company that myself and Derrick Spies have been putting together.
Anyway – I’m so dumb at the brain stuff. I know nothing about how to turn Word Docs into some sort of document that could be printed as a book. Or how to make sure everything is aligned properly. Or where to go to find out about ISBN numbers. These are the things that are left to do though! How frustrating! I have to wait for someone else to do them! My OCD is not coping.
So… At the moment I am trying to occupy my mind with ideas for the cover. Now I am not artistically creative. I have tried painting. And drawing. And photography. And photoshopping. And… Scrapbooking!!! I suck at all of them. I have ideas – but actually being able to make them real is a bit beyond my abilities.
The point of all this? I am thinking of perhaps running a competition for the design of the cover for my book. I know that my fabulous friend Lana Breedt is quite capable of coming up with something fantastic! And she will no doubt be around for a very long time designing tons of things for us, as well as illustrating some children’s books for me. But I’m very much growing fond of the idea of putting the cover of this particular book out into the world and seeing what comes back…
Does a competition sound like a completely stupid thing to do? I think it’s a kind of kick ass idea – but these days (and yes, I may be paranoid) people seem to look at me as though I have lost my head. I just think it’s a way to make the whole process a little more fun, as well as a great way to learn about the skills of others – skills that may be of use later when Katalina becomes bigger and we need more designers/illustrators etc (it’s a wild dream of mine to help the authors of children’s books find the perfect illustrator!)
Feedback would be much much appreciated!! If only to make me feel like I’ve still got control of the reigns and I’m not just sitting around waiting for something to fall on my head…