Friday, February 19, 2010

I’m Getting Published

By Patricia Gulley

I think. Do I actually have the contract, sign sealed and delivered, in my hand? No. But I have had several emails from editors and art director talking like it’s a done deal. I even have a publishing date of April 1. So, I’m going ahead and announcing it.

I’M E-PUBLISHED and, yes, there will be a paper POD book, Print on Demand, not Publish on Demand.

The title is DOWNSIZED TO DEATH and is about the branch manager of a nationwide travel company facing downsizing and office closure. If that isn’t stressful enough, her state supervisor is murdered, the agent in her office fired by that supervisor is missing, and the company fears bad publicity over an ex-employee going postal. What’s a woman to do? Find the killer? Isn’t that the cop’s job? No! Find the missing agent and prove her innocent-see head office, no postal ex-employee. Like it can be that easy!



So, I’ve been editing and fixing, and have started looking for reviews. Boy is that daunting for eBooks. I know it is hard enough for new authors with traditionally published books, especially if the publishing house doesn’t search those reviewers out for you. It’s an experience. Then get on Facebook—Yeeeee Uck. Was that an experience best left untalked about. Does that thing work? Does Twitter or My Space? And I’ve found an ad place that doesn’t sound to difficult or expensive.

So here I am, fellow stiffs, a soon to be published author. Somehow I thought it would feel different. Not yet. What do you think?

12 comments:

Joyce said...

Congratulations, Pat! Very nice cover, too!

Jennie Bentley said...

Yes, Pat, huge congrats and hugs coming your way. I agree with Joyce; the cover is outstanding, and the story sounds fun. I spent a few years working in tourism and travel, some of the time in a travel agency.

You know, my third book is coming in two weeks. I have two more scheduled for this year and two under contract for next year. I'm (gulp) multi-published. I'm also (double gulp) nationally best-selling. (No, not NYT or USA Today; just in stores.) I still don't feel different. I keep waiting, but I'm not holding my breath.

Gina said...

Jeez, Jennie, no wonder it's so hard for some of us to get published! You're writing all the books! Just kidding. And big congratulations to Pat.

Norma said...

Pat, that is a great cover! They do get things done fast at Wings (the cover, I mean).

ramona said...

Congratulations, Pat! I wish you and the book lots of happy readers.

Patg said...

Thanks everyone, I'm doing another edit.
Patg

Dale Ivan Smith said...

Way to go, Pat! That's great news. Nice cover, too!

Wilfred Bereswill said...

Congrats Pat. Now the real work begins.

Laurie said...

Congratulations, Pat! What a unique setting for your book.

Jemi Fraser said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a great story & I love the cover :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Pat! Your cover reflects high energery as does your writing! And your marketing skills will put you on the top! You are a lesson to all of us. Now I can say I "knew you when!" :)

Jo P.

Zond said...

I got my contract a year ago, and my first novel is coming out in May. (It's www.fortunathebook.com if you're interested.) I'm *stunned* at how much work I have to do besides write the book! I just spent two hours with a blog problem. But... I'm convinced that the real leverage for authors is on the net, not in bricks-and-mortar stores. -- Mike Stevens