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Why publishing is awesome


images-3In the past two years, we have helped about 70 people self-publish. It is such a delicious part of what we do because we are walking along side some body while he or she brings a story to life.

I tell people that the best parts are watching the book come together, the anticipation when we hit ‘send’ to the printer and that sweet moment when we open the box of freshly minted books. For a split second, we pray that everything is as it should be, that it looks like a book and there is nothing glaringly incorrect in the text or on the cover. It will be. Better yet is the look on the author’s face when he or she holds the book in hand.

But the most heart fluttering moment for me is when I’m at a book launch and I watch the author signing books and soaking it all up. It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve done it, every time it feels like it’s my book. We’ve helped someone give birth to a special being.

There are so many aspects to publishing a book that make it awesome. The first is having a seed of an idea and planning it out into a book. This is where you get to be creative. It doesn’t matter whether it is a business book, novel or book of poetry. Each has it own grade of expression. This is the place to insert YOU into it.

The writing of the book will be different for everyone. For some, this is the easy part, for many it will be torture, just like any form of self-expression! Once the content is ready (and expertly edited), the fun begins with shaping it into the physical form. What should the cover look like, what font should we use? The choices are endless and sometimes a little daunting but we know what we’re doing and hold people’s hands if need be.

When the time comes to hit ‘send’ to the printer, there can sometimes be a little hesitation because this is where the creator is holding up their being into the world. Sometimes we have to say, ‘it is ready’.

It is quite an achievement to publish a book. For those who haven’t done it, it’s hard to explain what it’s like. It can be all consuming, scary, fun, exciting, challenging and life changing. I don’t say life changing as a throw away. I have seen it create gorgeous, life changing ripples in people’s lives. I’ve seen people grow and learn so much about themselves.


Write it down

10915280_10205676058651047_6488602173050825869_nI wanted this blog to be awesome because I needed some grand gesture. I wanted to write something that would honour someone very special to me. I wrote it over and over in my head until I realised that nothing I say will convey what I want. Sometimes it happens like that. Maybe it’s too soon. Maybe time is needed to process things in order to be able to give it substance.

Or maybe humans have this overwhelming need to make sense of things. Of life. Do we make it  more complicated?

All I know is that we have lost our beloved dog, Bella, and we feel bereft. If you aren’t a dog lover you may roll your eyes but if you are, you will get me. In the few days of life without her, I have marvelled at the fact that this creature wasn’t a whiner or a barker and yet the house is so quiet without her. We are unmoored.

I know that I will be able to use this experience in my writing at some stage. It is too soon now. But to be an artist we need to allow ourselves to feel these experiences in order to be able to use them in our craft. This is what writing is for me, a way of making sense of the world.

In the meantime, I will do what I always do when I feel pain: write it down. These musings won’t be for anyone else but myself, in my journal. They will help me order my feelings, smooth them out, find somewhere to store them.

For now, I have no grand gestures. I can look at this photo of her and see her smiling at me  and simply feel thankful for having had her in my life for a short time.