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Carolyn’s blog for November 2019.


It seems like it has taken forty forevers to get to this point, but it has really only been a year.  I am told that nine months is the average to give birth to either a human baby or a print baby, and that does not include the time it takes to compose and write the book. 

I am finally into the final FINAL process of getting my latest amazing creation, THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS IN AMERICA, on the public market. The Advance Reader Copies for endorsers were delivered today, and the available to public date is tentatively set for November 15.  

From the time a publisher accepts your manuscript, begins final proofing, and gets it on their print schedule until you see the final product is usually about nine months. My first publisher did it in three months on WHO’S YOUR DADDY? and I enjoyed working with him before he decided to go out of business. However, it can take much longer. I know one author who has several excellent books in print. She decided to go with a new publisher who accepted her manuscript three years ago.  Still no book.

So, because I wanted to be sure to have my books in hand before I leave this earth, I decided to become an Indie Publisher. This is my third experience, but my first with this IngramSpark  (IS) company, and it has been quite a learning opportunity. Indie Pub means a good size financial investment. First, you have to buy a program such as Adobe InDesign to create a book. Hire a cover designer, hire a beta reader, a line editor, a final editor, and sometimes, a layout and design artist. For Ingram I had to purchase a new Adobe Acrobat Pro DC capable of creating a special preflight pdf that imbeds the type and does other magical things.

Once I-S Publishing accepted the formatted digital pdf, it went through the printing and binding process, moves to the shipping and handling department, and finally is in my arms. 

The Labor was tedious and painful, Delivery was a new experience, and Recovery will be delightful!  (If the baby is acceptable.)