Saturday, May 12, 2012

Day 949

This is not actually me ... but it is so close to being me that I might claim it anyway. Image borrowed from  Google Images
I don't like starting my weekend with anxiety. The weekend is for relaxation and calm.

I am not calm right now.  I am frustrated beyond belief.  I got up early on this wintry Saturday to do business with the USA for (a) my original book and (b) my new product line.  Things with (b) are going extraordinarily well. The only frustration there is that I am too darn excited and I wish I was launched already.

Things with (a) continue to fascinate me. My US based publisher could well be in breech of contract in regards to marketing, E Book, audio book and provision of sales reports, and I still haven't received the box of books I ordered AND PAID FOR seven months ago.  Seven months! Seven God damn freaking months ...



I feel this uncontrollable urge to get on the next plane to NYC, with my lawyer (if I had one), and physically attack my publisher (definitely need my lawyer).

I'm a peace loving girl.  I prefer to give people the benefit of the doubt.  I try not to make assumptions.  I do my best to be patient.  I understand that shit happens and that not all situations are within our control.

But the gloss has well and truly gone from my publishing journey.  I have sent many many emails which started off being lovely, then moved to inquisitive, went to mild pleading, became frustrated and angry, and my most recent email was simply, matter-of-fact and to the point.  I have followed up with phone calls which the poor receptionist is trying to field.  On these calls I am pleasant and friendly and non-threatening.

Inside my head I am screaming I JUST WANT ANSWERS! Please give me answers ...

And that's where I'm at. Having just made yet another Canberra to New York phone call I am sitting here now awaiting the email she suggested was on its way.  I should get it in 20 minutes she said ....

Cue finger nail tapping, jiggling right foot and frustrated grunts. I am far from relaxed ...

Edit: The email arrived. Well written, calm and very professional directly from the Mr Publisher himself.  Apologetic, taking action and offering an extra promotional package.  I am grateful for sure, but not fully appeased ... 

2 comments :

  1. Hopefully Mr Publisher will actually do what he has said. Now take some deep breaths and relax.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  2. Done! Took my frustrations out at PT this arvo and got spoiled with a new parka from Costco. Will keep my frustrations at bay until Monday. Then it's "no more Mr nice guy!". Nah, that's bullshit. I'll probably be very civilised ...

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