On Friday, I took the first of many plunges in the self-publishing process, which was sending my info to Amazon's CreateSpace. The last time I shook that much, I was getting ready to read Shadow Walker aloud during my senior capstone. There was a quick turnaround in communication, and I was mentally preparing myself for talking to one of the staff on Tuesday (tomorrow). So what did I do in the meantime? I went out with friends that day to partake in the Sixth Gun festivities hosted by the Jean Cocteau Cinema (a comic book that almost turned into a tv show). When I went to grab some lunch, I noticed a few unread e-mails as well as a missed call. Naturally, I'm wondering what in the world was going on. Next thing I knew, my phone was ringing again, and it was none other than the publishing consultant that was assigned to me. Amazon, you get two major thumbs up for having a staff who makes sure they are there to help you and prep for the biggest event of a writer's life.
Despite my overenthusiastic self during the conversation, I am set to speak to my publishing consultant tomorrow and go over everything I need to know/talk about the services I will need for getting Child of Blackwen out to the world. Woo-hoo!
Also, Santa Fe had a major power outage that day. Thunderstorms in Santa Fe can often result in a blackout (especially downtown, where I live), and it was rather interesting to spend a few hours in an emergency lit Jean Cocteau Cinema. At least the show went on, and those of us who stayed behind after the Q&A session with the Sixth Gun creators and team eventually got rewarded with finally watching the pilot of the tv show that did not get picked up by NBC. Too bad...I would have loved to watch more.
I also took a major step this weekend of getting copyrights for Child of Blackwen (as if things weren't official enough, right?). It'll take about 3-5 months for me to receive my certificate, but it works considering the self-publishing process will take about the same amount of time. I really will be having a busy summer (apologies to all who are around me during this time...Jittery Mel mixed with Workaholic Mel is a whacky combination).
I still have a lot of other work to do as well. I have some bios to work on, some marketing research (no such thing as too much research, after all), and the most important thing of all: maintaining my zen. While it's fun to dance around the house in excitement and carry the largest grin that would put Podrick Payne from Game of Thrones to shame, I need my calm to return.
Before I'm off, I just have to say thanks to the fallen (and current) members of the military. "Happy Memorial Day" just sounds...off. I think "We Remember" sounds better.
Until next week for more updates!