Ready or Not, Make a Decision and Go

View ImageAah, the joys of self-publishing.

I sit at the computer, nails tapping on the desk, thinking about book #2 in my series. It’s now at the printer, and pretty soon, at the point of no return.

Two minutes later, I sit at the computer, nails tapping on the keyboard. Book #1 has finally made its way onto—a year and a half after it was introduced. What took so long? Happily, school visits, book signings and fairs. But now, I wait the 10 day grace period, waiting for an email telling me how many thousands of books Amazon would like to order.

A minute later, my mind wanders back to book #2.  Am I printing the right quantity? Will history repeat itself? Will it be grander? Will the economy take history off course? My nails raised to my mouth, I try not to bite them, as I ponder the decision not to put a spine on a paperback once again. Actually, not really a voluntary decision. I fully expected to give the book a little backbone, so it could sit upon more bookstore and library shelves with ease. But after a commitment to myself and my ISBN number, to keep the second book priced as the first, I had no choice. Giving the book a spine doubled the production costs.  So, I now see why hardbacks and picture books are priced as they are. I now understand why authors charge what they do for school visits. Keeping the profits up is hard when keeping the prices down and the quality up.

So, three minutes later, I sit at the computer, nails in my mouth, hoping there are no production snags; hoping the books come off the press, into their shrink-wrapped blankets and into my warehouse, all in time for September school visits. Then my mind wanders off to the recent commitment I made for the next school year—free school visits within the region; nominal costs outside the region. Was that a smart commitment? With book #2 being almost double the page count, printing costs are up—even if the book does not have a spine. Profit margins are less, but there will now be two books, more familiarity and some repeat visits.

Two minutes later, I sit at the computer, thinking about the Doris Day song that comes to me whenever my mind spins endlessly around Monday-morning quarterbacking issues—Que sera, sera. At each point along the way, you are faced with decisions. You look at the facts–look at the options—weigh the info and make, what is hopefully an intelligent decision. Then, you sit back and let the cards fall where they may. Que sera, sera—what will be will be. 

A minute later, I sit at the computer, look at my nails and make an executive decision— what needs to be at this very moment is probably a manicure.  Aah, the joys of self-publishing.


Chrysa Smith


  1. August 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Save your nails! This new book in the series is so funny, endearing and dog-gone appealing, it will bring a passel of new pooches into the Posse!

  2. August 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Decisions, decisions, decisions! Once taken, better forgotten.
    Now your future is in the paws of your poodles. So relax, your future is in good paws.

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