During the last lap of the editing process, my editor invited me to submit endorsements and/or foreword straight away. Not familiar with what was expected, I scrambled to better understand the principles involved for both. I learned that a foreword primarily consists of at least two or more paragraphs and be written by a professional who knows something about the author and the subject matter so as to provide merit to both the book and the author. An endorsement can be shorter and written by someone with first-hand knowledge of the topic mentioned in the book, thereby convincing the reader to read the book. With that in mind, I approached my Pastor for a foreword, and a long-standing friend/mentor for the endorsement. They readily agreed, providing me with top-quality material realizing all of my expectations and more.
My manuscript was now at a point where it was being cleaned up and formatted into book form. When completed at the publisher’s end, it came back for my approval. They not only encouraged but emphasized heavily how critical the need was for precise proofreading. This meant re-reading the manuscript once again and making note of anything that was inaccurate or unsuitable before sending back. Once sent, the editor would implement any changes and move my manuscript to the design department where the next course of action would transform my manuscript into a bonafide book. Up to this point, I was only able to visualize my work as a little manuscript, but now, I had entered the final stretch and was able
to envision a genuine published book!
While the publishers were working at their end, I was considering which multimedia option I wanted. After carefully considering, I chose an 'extremely' short book trailer TV Commercial
which when broadcast would appear in the middle of the night. Hm, could there be a big audience at 3 am? Oh well, go figure! I then selected a website created by my publisher since I knew absolutely zilch on how to create my own website. Soon after, I heard from the graphic artist with ideas for the front cover via four designs and my approval. They were equally well thought out, but my eyes were drawn to two in particular. It was difficult, but one turned out to be my favorite and final choice.
It was raining when I received a bound book proof with front and back cover attached. With elation and pride I gazed at the name, my name, on the cover. It suddenly hit me, I was a published author! All I could say was "wow!" With the book came instructions indicating that I should find a comfortable, quiet corner with red pen in hand so that I could scrutinize the proof from front to back, with attention to detail, marking misspelled words, typos, and such. This meant; you guessed right; I had to read through the book again! I knew this was the final round to get it right, so I had to put my thinking cap on and began marking, marking, and more marking. When genuinely satisfied, I signed the final approval and shipped the proof back for finalization so it could move on to printing.
It was about the same time that I began thinking about marketing. This meant searching the internet for printing companies that made promotional items for a reasonable price. I was quite satisfied when my 'pleasing to the eye' bookmarks and business cards arrived. Soon after, word came from my marketing representative that my book was in the queue for printing, and this was the time to pre-order copies to sell at any scheduled events. The estimated time from printing to door would be roughly five weeks, so the order was quickly placed for enough books and a few posters to get started and that's when it hit me that this venture of mine came with work and cost. My next thought was that I should be thinking about possible venues for book signings.
Keep on smiling,
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.