Launch Jitters


It may take an author several months or several years to write a manuscript of  book. I typically require 8 to 14 months to finish the manuscript for book. I may revise the manuscript up to 5 times to come up with the final form of the story. Each revision takes more months. Finally the day comes when every author must decide the manuscript is in its final form for better or worse. Otherwise, most authors would never publish anything because there is always the temptation to make yet another change or to put the manuscript back in the form before the last change was made.

It is now time to turn the manuscript over to my proofreader and editor while I search for a market. Again this takes more time, but whether I self publish or find a publisher, more time is consumed in the process of editing, book design, cover design and eventually arrangements for printing. Each stage requires inspection of the work and approvals. Typically a book is released about a year after a publisher accepts my manuscript.

Wait, wait ,wait. The day finally comes when the proof copy arrives in the mail. My proofreader and I scour the book for fatal errors. No, we do not look for typos, but it is important that the book not have a chapter missing, a page inverted or chapters mis-numbered.

I have given my final approval and wait for production and distribution of the book, Stoned for His Faith. Typically this calls for celebrations. The launch is imminent. If I lived in a large city, I might schedule a launch party for my friends and some potential readers, but in the small, rural city where I live the crowd would probably be little more than a few friends and the librarian. On my last book, I tried to hold a virtual launch party, but there were technical problems that messed things up. I have not made up my mind if I will try another virtual launch party. When launch day comes, I think I will celebrate by donating a signed copy of my book to the local library.

In the meantime I have been busy setting up advertising. I posted this new book in the store of my website, ReynoldConger.com for pre-release orders. Until release date, I will sell the book at a discount. I have in my possession a small box of pre-release copies and another small box is on the way. Perhaps another way to celebrate the launch would be to begin filling the pre-release orders.

Each book sold from my website will be signed. All books to US addresses will be shipped for free.

I ask my readers to at least look at my website. I hope it will inspire you to make a purchase either of Stoned for His Faith or one of my earlier books.

Drop me a line if you think I should hold a virtual launch party. The launch is supposed to be sometime in December. There is a contact page on the website.

While this book is a thriller with action, danger, and courage, the book also demonstrates faith and forgiveness. Of course, I also added several romantic subplots just because they add a little spice to the story.

Just as added incentive, I have included a bee page in my website. This is a page with pictures of my bees and a few paragraphs about bees. In fact I have interviewed some of my bees about what their favorite flower is. Visit my bee page for some fun.

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About Reynold Conger

Reynold Conger is a retired scientist, engineer and teacher. Now writing fiction. His books are CHASED ACROSS AUSTRALIA, MY KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR and REDUCING MEDICAL COSTS (AT THE COST OF HEALTH). He has also started a series of novelas called THE RICHARD TRACY SERIES. Residence: New Mexico, USA Hobbies: gardening, animals and running. website www.ReynoldConger.com
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