I know, it's been a while since I've had anything to say. I've actually been working on getting my book re-released. After my friend, writer Jane Kirkpatrick, read my book and made the comment that she was disappointed I hadn't told the story of how my husband Dennis was woven into the fabric of my Sacred Place I decided to add the chapter.
If Jane wasn't so busy all the time writing Novels and doing speaking engagements she could have read my book before I published and pointed this out. But no, she was too busy with her own writing to critique my work. I say that lightly, I didn't ask her to read it in advance. Hmm...maybe that would have been a good idea.
Anyway, I wrote the requested missing chapter then contacted the publisher to find out how to go about adding it. I figured I could just upload the new chapter and tell them where to insert it and all would be good. No it didn't work out that way. The adviser told me I needed to upload a complete new file. I thought that seemed strange and a lot of added work because they would have to reformat the entire book and basically start from scratch. But on the other hand it allowed me to correct some mistakes that were missed, like five times, in editing. While I was at it, I thought it would be a great opportunity to add a few things that I should have included the first time.
And so I began, not paying any attention to what or where I made changes because I was submitting a brand new file. After weeks of waiting for a new digital proof I discovered that the file was corrupt. I had recently gotten a new computer with updated software and things were hinky. Panicked, I called Abduar, one of my advisers. Abduar quickly realized that I had been given the incorrect information about having to upload a complete new file. Only the changes should have been uploaded, not the entire file. Well that's what I thought in the first place. Due to the fact that I had no idea what or where I had made changes we had to start all over and re-upload the complete file...again. After a waiting period of two weeks I finally received the digital proof. I skimmed through it seeing multiple mistakes, totally stressed out, I knew I was going to have to print out all the pages and go over the entire book again with a fine tooth comb.
After printing all 279 pages I realized that this was the same digital proof that I had recently received just weeks ago, but with minor changes. Again I panicked. Had I messed up my entire file? Did I upload the wrong file, did I download the wrong file? I searched every where on my computer and couldn't even find the new downloaded file so back to the phone I went and called the adviser. She quickly realized that they had resent me the old corrupted file. She assured me that they would get it taken care of promptly. And the new file appeared to be just fine.
So now each day I impatiently wait for an e-mail telling me to review my digital proof, for the fourth time. I hope and pray that it is perfect and all I have to do it hit the "accept" button. I had no idea when I added the one tiny little chapter about my husband, that it would cause me so much grief. I'm beginning to tire of this story.
Sherrie Gant is a writer, photographer, and