Rachel Field and Spriggin, courtesy of Portland Public Library Special Collections and Archives
My “author tip sheet” for The Field House is due for submission in five days, almost done. In addition to basic info (author/title/price/size), you need a 60-word sales hook, a 200-word description, key selling points, audience targets, author bio, social media handles, comparative titles, publicity highlights, keywords, blurbs, and BISACS (“book industry standards and communications” codes).
Crazy, right? As with so many ventures I’ve plunged into, I am grateful that I didn’t appreciate what I was getting into when I decided to write a book. I may have never begun. I’m learning a ton, once I push past the overwhelm.
Also on my grateful list is the model of my husband, a man undaunted by challenges if ever an exciting plan emerges in his head. My tendency is to see obstacles and say “oh never mind,” “It’s too hard,” or at best, “whatever. This is good enough.” But Jonathan’s voice in my head says, “It’s not that big a deal. Do it right.”
Okay, okay. I’m doing it, and I’ll do my best. But sheesh.
Rachel, I’m getting there. Thanks for waiting.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 227: 182 words, TOTAL = 37,013; 22,987 remaining
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Robin Clifford Wood is an award-winning author, poet, and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her children, grandchildren, and granddogs.