What do you do, when everything you try seems to be working against you? I guess you do like Ardie does, in ‘Ardie’s Big Secret’, you just try…try …try again. Remember Murphy's Rule? Well, I'm really familiar.
This latest book, ‘Ardie’s Big Secret’, has been a real challenge getting out. The first delay was, of course, I just couldn’t get the book to read the way I wanted. Then, when I finally got it to a reasonable point and thought it was ready, I requested a proof copy of the hardcover. But, the distributor, Ingram Spark, printed the pages so light that the color looked really washed out. I nearly cried.
Still, I noticed from the proof that I had some changes to make. I made them and ordered an updated proof copy. On that one, someone autocorrected my zip code and it ended up at the wrong Post Office. It was fun tracking that down.
This proof copy seemed better, but I still had to make some changes. Of course, that required another proof copy to be delivered. After waiting almost two weeks, I received tracking notification that the book was delivered to an individual at my address. That was interesting since I was waiting and no one delivered anything.
The carrier swore that he delivered it to the proper address. He was actually not our regular carrier. After trying to convince the local Post Office that the package was not delivered, I talked with my regular carrier. When I asked him about it, his body language indicated that he was not surprised that the other guy had made an error.
After convincing the management that nothing was handed to me, the carrier changed his story and said that he surely delivered it and handed it to someone who drove up in a gold car. No one at the address the package was supposed to be delivered to drives a gold car. But, I went house to house talking to neighbors to see if the package had been mistakenly delivered. When no one had the package, I went back to the Post Office and was told that the carrier absolutely remembers the package and he placed it in the mailbox. Cool, except the package was twice the size of the mail box and would not fit!
Finally, the Post Office representative told me to go back to Ingram Spark, who sent the package, and ask them to resend it. Of course, Ingram Spark waited a week to tell me that I had selected the wrong option and was not guaranteed delivery.
Luckily, my regular carrier found the package. It had been delivered about a half mile away to the wrong house on the wrong street. Since he knew I was looking for it, he immediately rang my bell to deliver it personally to me. I thanked him profusely and also called his management to let them know how much I appreciated him going the extra mile (no pun intended).
Moving forward, I have submitted Ardie to a couple of reviewers. And, in a weak moment of insanity, I entered the book into a Reader’s Favorite book contest. I knew better, but for some reason I submitted it anyhow.
Still, God willing, I finally have the book scheduled for release on June 1st. Maybe I shouldn’t say that out loud, don’t want to jinx it. Oh, should I mention that I ordered 50 copies and just received notification from UPS that there was a traffic accident that may affect the delivery of my books?!!!