You ever feel the need to slow the hell down?

Well, I do, but don’t. Sigh…

I should plaster the phrase “Slow Down” in every room of my house! Slow down road sign

Maybe that would help me avoid a lot of problems.

Three weeks ago, I fell into a dark parking lot. I was rushing and not aware of an obstacle in my path. Result, my front teeth were damaged and I’m gonna be out of a butt-load of money.

Last week I released the e-book for my third children’s picture book, A Reluctant Little Prince. Yay, good so far.

Next, release the print version. I was ready, or so I thought.  Seemed as if it was taking forever. I wanted to get this thing out before the holidays.

I checked the online proof. Looked for glaring issues like typos and margins. What I didn’t catch, all the pictures were in B&W!

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Thank God I decided to wait for a physical proof to arrive before hitting the final publish button.

Now, I’m waiting on Createspace to let me change the set-up. Ugh! If only I’d been a bit more cautious going through the set-up phase, I wouldn’t have to redo the entire thing. If only I’d been a bit more cautious in that dark parking lot, I wouldn’t be looking at thousands of dollars in dental work.

Patience is not one of my virtues.

Okay, enough bellyaching. Deep breaths and work on a new project while I wait for Createspace to help me fix this mistake.

One thing I know for sure, being an Indie is not for the faint of heart.

I’ll let y’all know when the print versions of A Reluctant Little Prince is available.

Interesting links at the bottom. Keep reading.

What about you? Have you made costly publication mistakes?

Did it cost time or dollars?

Or maybe you’re a very patient writer?

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9 thoughts on “You ever feel the need to slow the hell down?

  1. Wow Jean, I’m so sorry to hear about your awful fall. Glad you still have your spirit back, I’m still feeling your pain, both for the fall and the dental bill. Wishing you much success with the book and hoping you sort it out soon. 🙂

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  2. Jean, your description of your fall and its aftermath were horrible. I am so sorry! In addition to the financial burden, I’m sure you were in pain. As you know, I loved your book. Review coming today. I had (still do) three deadlines this week and was short-circuiting myself. (Sound familiar?) Please take care.

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  3. Ooooh! Sorry to hear this! Sounds like a nasty fall, hope you are not in too much discomfort. Books-wise, I also feel your pain. It seems as if, in looking over every tiny detail, it’s so easy to miss something big and obvious. I enjoyed your Reluctant Princess book and posted a review this week on my blog, GR and Amazon. If you are still looking for reviewers for the new book let me know. Get well soon!

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    1. That’s me, after looking at the manuscript a gazillion times the mistake didn’t click. Sigh. Oh well another lesson learned. Until next time. LOL
      Did you not get my email? I sent you the info so you could review my book. If not email me where I can resend. 🙂


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