The road to publication it seems is never smooth, it's full of pot holes, cones and diversion signs. Plus my vehicle seems to have got a puncture and my AA membership has run out! That about sums up the last couple of days in the rusty van that is my effort to get published.
Sunday morning saw me excited as a box of frogs on caffeine as I sent my novel off for formatting. My joy was short lived. I realise my life is supposed to be one long rollercoaster with someone behind me throwing up every now and then. I'm surprised I haven't died of heart failure during this process. If I do maybe my book will sell better. Too morbid? sorry. Welcome to the highs and lows of this adventure.
My formatter wasn't overjoyed that I'd used 'word' to write my book in and had it laid out in A4 size too. Who knew that isn't how to layout a book. I thought I'd done so well. Long and short - he is too unwell to format it now, though he did provide a link to company where I should be able to get it done. I see another lump of my savings swallowed up.
On the good news front. I've heard from Bertram's and they have accepted my account. Woohoo! I'm open for business with Waterstones. Next stop back to Waterstones. I only hope I have a printed book in my hand by then, the timing is looking very tight now . I'm wondering what type of delay the new formatters will offer, especially when I was expecting to go to print next week!
I'm reminded of that old song ' three wheels on my wagon'. I'll start panicking a bit more when its down to two. Watch this space.