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Working with Lightning Source

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

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So I received a call from Tennessee (Lightning Source’s headquarters) and the faxed documents that I sent in (see earlier post) were all set except for one.  My W-9.  Apparently it was not legible enough for them to read it.  So they asked if I could resend it again.  Well instead of faxing it.  I scanned it, and sent it via email.

Well boys and girls, that did that trick and effective yesterday Aug 22nd, 2013.  My account is live and I’m ready to go!  Soon my book will be available at retail, and even at libraries.  The vision is slowly coming to pass, and I’m excited.

As some of you know my book is currently available for pre-order at Amazon. and I am excited to have approved my first pre-order! I have not done a big promotional push yet, but it’s amazing that the word is slowly getting out that an order (from somewhere in Indiana) was placed.  It’s definitely an exciting feeling.

In other updates, my editor is almost done, and soon I’ll have the edited manuscript in hand and can begin to upload the files so the printer can send me a proof to approve.  I’m hoping to have that all done by the end of the first week in September, well see.  I’m shooting for a Sept 24 publication date.

Here’s a copy of the Limited edition cover I am thinking of doing.

THE THIRD HEAVEN BOOK COVER

Some of the comments from my editor on the story who is reading it for the first time…

“I must confess that I became so engrossed in your story that I stopped editing so I could read it. I love it! You are an excellent writer.”

“It so gooooood! You have given depth, although fiction, to biblical events and words. I love it. It is one of those stories that the reader hates to put down! It also keeps me wanting to read more. I hope you are making plans to market this story.”

In any event, it’s nice to receive such praise.  I think its time to make another trailer.  Wink.

D

Ever thought about having your books in airport bookstores? Here’s how!

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Authors have to think of various ways to market and to get their books into the market place. Here in the book shepherd Dr. Judith Briles has given some brief pointers on how to do just that!

Enjoy the post!

http://thebookshepherd.com/getting-your-book-into-the-friendly-skies.html#!

Lightning Source it is!

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm

ls_logo Ok so after much thought, I decided to go with Lightning Source as my printer and NOT Createspace. Lightning source allows me to get on the Ingram database which allows me to get into the brick and mortar stores.  I wanted to see my book in hardback which Createspace can’t do. Here’s what I’ve learned so far in working with them.  Lightning source has a steep learning curve. So after I filled out the online application I discovered that I missed digitally signing some documents.  Apparently multiple browser windows opened up, and I needed to sign each one. (I thought I only needed to do one.) Well it turns out after messing that step up I had to print out hard copies of the several pieces of paperwork and fax them into Lightning source for approval. I did this, got a nice email indicating they received my fax, but guess what.  I apparently missed a signature, so I had to fax it again.  This time with the all the correct signatures. It’s a hassle but hey, for a great quality printed work I figure it’s worth it. So as it stands right now my application is pending.  Waiting for them to receive and approve my paperwork which I expect sometime to occur in the next day or two. I’ll keep you posted as things progress.

6 expectations I’m learning to accept: Control is a myth.

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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Today as I blog I want to talk a bit about expectation two.  That I have control over situations and the things that happen to me.

I like a degree of order in my life.  I like things done a certain way.  This need and desire to do things a certain way became evident when I lived with roommates, and got married.  We all have them.  Habits and a view of how things are supposed to be.  Then someone or something breaks up the illusion that we had that we would live in a un interrupted state of doing what we like to do.

Perhaps we thought because we exercised we could stave off cancer.

That by doing everything we are supposed to as Christians good things exclusively would be our lot in life?

Perhaps someone hurt us and we experienced helpless due to a broken relationship, illness or violence.  Perhaps we thought by working with our company for the number of years we have, that we would be immune to the cut back.

What I have come to accept is that I am NOT in control.  I recently thought about the passengers who were on that train that crashed in Spain.  None of them were in control of what happened to them.  A conductor that most if not all didn’t know made a decision that ended their lives.

I’m a good driver.  But I can’t control the multitude of drivers who seek to barge in and out of traffic during rush hour.  I was at a public event recently, and I realized that I was suspect to many a germ due to the habits of others.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we can’t influence or yes even control some things.  Nor am I saying that we should be afraid of what we can’t control.  Only that we live soberly in the reality that we live in a world of interdepence where we rely on others for simple things.

Electricity, food, the well-being of our employers to maintain their companies and a host of other relationships for us to function.

It’s been said that life is 90% of what happens to me and 10% of how I react to it.

How much of our life do we spend trying to manipulate the circumstances around us, of friends, family and others all so that they might conform to the illusion of how we think they should be?  Control can be a fatiguing thing when we are always trying to manipulate the environment and others to conform to what we want.  When Jesus says take my yoke upon you perhaps he’s talking to all of us who like to strive so hard to tame the uncontrollable in our lives?

I think one of the best scriptures that capture this is James 4:14

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

What control does a vapour have?

Something to think about.