Only a couple of weeks after it should have been on sale, I have ordered the first physical copy of "Olverston Grange ...and Other Stories"
This book is the culmination of ten years of trial runs, education, and spectacular failures and has given birth to the book I am proudest of.
Once I have okayed the print edition, my online shops at both www.esskayebooks.com and www.mleonsmith.com will go live! After a frustrating, delay-ridden pregnancy, Esskaye Books will be fully born, along with its younger sibling www.mleonsmith.com!
More unexpected and unwelcome news today but this time mixed with positivity and potential. I am holding on to the positive and disregarding the negative.
More delays with printer but I honestly remember which goof is mine and which theirs now lol But the delay should have been considered and planned for so that is most definitely my fault. Always build some spare time into any plan! lol
Make some time to visit the site I have linked - it belongs to a writer pal of mine (who I worked for/with on Dead Guns Press)
I can't recommend his trilogy-in-progress enough! Excellent story telling and an exciting tale.
Ten? Wow! The pre-launch rambles were never meant to to be a thing for so long. The reasons for the delay in the site's launch are many but tomorrow the last reason will be (hopefully) put to rest.
With this final problem overcome, I will be able to move onto the final stage before stock is brought in and sales can begin and mleonsmith.com and esskayebooks.com can finally fully open.
In the background of a global pandemic, death in my family, and my own battle with disability, I have been able to fulfil my life-long dreams then what is stopping you?
The problem with suffering from anxiety is everything seems to go tar-slow at times. I am waiting for work to be finished at my printer's end and have hit the expected delays caused by Easter. Totally expected but enough to send my anxiety into overdrive. I am still making small changes to the site and have a big overhaul of www.esskayebooks.com planned too but my mind is screaming "You should be..."
The list of jobs I invent is endless and the delays make it appear nothing is happening. Trust me, it is...
So it's April Fools Day but I am finding very little to laugh at. Due to technical issues (largely not my fault) the book and store will be launching late. Annoying but not insurmountable. On the more positive side, I've started planning the first of the 120 short stories and the rules dictating their creation.
So... my printers have had a technical issue. They have fixed it but my deadline is getting very close and I can worry about anything lol
When I started writing I didn't realise I would also need to be an editor, proof-reader, web designer, accountant, marketer, etc, etc...
Moving from being a self-published author to an independent publishing house has taken so much time I no longer consider myself a writer at times. That will change with the beginning of a new project. I have a book with 120 story prompts and the genre they should be written in...
So, that's 120 dark short stories from me! I'll leave the romantic fiction to those who know how to write it.
I find myself stymied again and unable to launch the site until my book is finalised with the printer. Not long now, though. The next major change will be the removal of the blocks to the store and I will be live! Exciting times )
My plans were rudely interrupted by some terrible family news. The harder I try, the more the Universe tries to hurt me and mine it would seem.
Work is continuing - this time of the Store section of the site. Work is going slowly because my MS is reacting against my new schedule, Hopefully in a few days IO will have reset to working through the day. As always the site is far from finished but thanks for stopping by :)