Sunday, September 12, 2010

Waiting

If there is one virtue everyone will admit I lack it is patience. I am waiting with baited breath for my book to arrive from the press. Fairytales Are Fragile should be on my doorstop just in time for two booksignings this upcoming weekend. With author Tish Cook, I will be set up in Petersburg for their fall festival on September 18th and on Sunday, September 19th at Engels on Edwards in Springfield, Illinois. The problem is, the wait, the interminable, long week ahead! My mother always said, "The best things come to those who wait" so I guess I will take heed.

5 comments:

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Waiting is part of being an author.

Good luck at your book event.

And everyone,please sign your name on your blog as the automatic name is just too small to read.

Marilyn

Beverly said...

Ah, yes, waiting can be difficult. Last February I was scheduled to lead a workshop (about 40 individuals had registered)and I planned to sell copies of "In Franklin's House." Unfortunately, two days before the workshop, my book order still hadn't arrived, but, fortunately, my novel was available through Amazon. Thus, an enterprising woman--workshop organizer--ordered an overnight shipment of six books. At least, I had those to display/sell, and I could promote the use of buying books online. That experience, however, made the actual delivery of my books, doubly exciting.

Here's to much success at your event.

Kit Sloane said...

I agree with Marilyn who said that she schedules events after the books arrive. I recall, with morbid memories of frustration, the ordeal of my 7th book (not with Billie) that was promised and promised to arrive on time for a big event, but could the publisher help it when the PRINTER went out of business halfway through MY print run! I exploded, but after that, I've relaxed and, as Billie suggests in her latest newsletter, concentrated on doing other things. When the books arrive, GREAT! But I'm not organizing anything dependent on exact timing. Live and learn.

Either way, Cindy, it will work out!

Kit

Sunny Frazier said...
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Sunny Frazier said...

Careful what you wish for!

Once you have books and are in selling mode, things start swamping you. Enjoy the down time while you have it. Always spend some of your sales on new stock. With POD technology, books come faster. It's a matter of assessing what you need and planning ahead.

And remember--patience is a virtue. Often a necessity.