With just over a week until I leave for New York to launch my new book, combined with shooting a new book on lavender, it’s shaping up to be a busy summer.
If you’ve never published a book, it’s hard to imagine how much work goes into a project. Once the photos and manuscript are completed, there is the edit and design phase, followed by printing. Some authors refer to the process as akin to birthing a baby.
Right now, the biggest anxiety for me lies with getting books in hand for the preview party, which is followed by a nursery book signing and back-to-back talks. Books are due in the warehouse on Monday, and will not be in the general pipeline yet.
Timing a book launch is tricky. You have to plan everything out–reserving venues, setting up media–months in advance, while hoping that the books will actually arrive from the printer exactly when you need them. Since most books are printed and shipped from Asia, that process is even trickier. If events are planned too early, books won’t be available. Too late, and the initial buzz will have worn off. I am hoping and crossing my fingers for “just right.”
I have been posting regular entries about my book on my new Facebook page at this address: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saratoga-in-Bloom/125086587505147