This damn trying to get a book published is a very strange dance.
It goes like this.
Just a jump to the right: I email off submission to company, being ultra careful to follow the rules.
A step to the left: I follow company on social media (author rumour tells me this is OK).
Hands on hips: Publisher of said company follows me on social media.
Bring your knees in tight: I follow publisher person.
A step to the ????? : Buggered if I know!
Do I say “Hi, thanks for the follow” or “Oh, I’m so excited you followed me!” or nothing at all? Yes, well, we all know the middle option isn’t exactly my style, don’t we?
Then I wonder about the actual dance floor. Some of the other dancers cause me to raise my eyebrows: not sure how my dress would look next to theirs.
Do I even publish this musing nonsense? What if I insult the new follower? What if that person is thinking “YES! Found my 2013 best seller” and I frighten said person away? Oh, well, if person is THAT easy to frighten, will never handle the book anyway.
Then there is the beta reader feedback. One would like more photos. Done! Another wants a section compressed, but yet another doesn’t want same section compressed.
Compress, don’t compress. *Tears hair out*
Yes, folks – this publishing dance IS a Rocky Horror show sometimes.
This article is dedicated to my fellow author and internet buddy, MJ Cache. She knows who she is and why this is for her!