Turns out, it's terrifying to face your fears. At least, it is for me. That's part of the news about where we are today. I realized that the closer we got to the finish line, the more fearful I was of making a mistake.
After I printed the test copy, I went into emotional paralysis. Admitting it was the first step, so now that I'm aware, I'm walking through the fear. In the end, all I can do is my best.
I contacted the designers today to knock out the last few steps:
- Adding "Pro Bene Publishing, 1712 E Riverside Dr #201, Austin, TX 78741" to the credits page
- Adding an ISBN (need to find out if I have to buy it or if the printer will assign it)
- Desaturating the artwork - it's too vibrant for how sad the story is
As you can see, that remaining punch list is really, really short, so that's good news.
Even better news: I selected a printing company! They will send me all the information next week for setting up the artwork for their machines. I'll also find out if I need to supply an ISBN or if they will provide one (step two, above).
I also hired a research assistant to find contact information for the various national veterinary offices, veterinary associations, pet stores, online communities, and pet grief organizations. I need to know if any of them want copies before I go to press. *Important note: I will not delay the process. I will simply add their numbers to the order if they submit them in time.*
As always, thank you for your support. Your patience has not gone unnoticed and I'm going to make sure it is rewarded with the best book possible. And remember, this is the only time I'll do this myself, so it will become collectible the instant it reaches your hands.
Benny's Person, John
p.s. if you want to update your mailing address, payment information, or order, you can do so at http://backerkit.com. You can also download your rough draft copy of the eBook there!
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