Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Publication progress

It's only Tuesday evening, but this has been a comparatively exciting week.  Yesterday, my book was assigned an ISBN, and today I was contacted with questions about the contents page, the indexer, and the colour of the cover.  

I get to choose the colour!  Okay, I'm a truly sad individual to be so excited about something so superficial.  I've chosen a colour to match my business cards.  My CPD23 friends would be proud of me, to be taking my 'brand' so seriously!

But to get back to the ISBN- it doesn't yet come up on Amazon or Google, so forgive me for not sharing it yet.  I want to wait until it's nearer to being a 'real book' before I start telling people that.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Pining for my imaginary friends

Well, there was all the excitement of March and April - all those talks and lectures and getting the book manuscript ready to be sent off.  

Then came the sense of anticlimax - almost a vacuum.  I didn't know what to do with myself.  I wrote up one of the talks for my professional journal, and that helped. 

But now I'm getting withdrawal symptoms.  Not writing now seems to be more painful than writing/editing to a deadline.  In my spare time, I wrote a set of limericks for every instrument in the orchestra, working my way down the score.  It was fun and entertaining, but really no more satisfying than a bowl of popcorn when you actually need a meal!

There are days when my job is absorbing, and days when I feel I've made a difference, but in all honestly, being a librarian is often just a question of getting your head down and concentrating on minutiae.  But it doesn't necessarily satisfy my creative urge.  I need another research project!  (Shh, don't tell anyone ....)

Meanwhile, I'm waiting to hear how the book manuscript was received.  I got it into the best shape I could, but I'm a novice book author, so I've no idea how much more work is ahead of me!