Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Awaiting the Proof Copy


Writing a book is a long but exciting process. It is really quite amazing how much time, effort and dedication is required in order to produce a polished final product. After weeks of reading, re-reading, editing and even some re-writing, my latest book is ready for the next proof copy. I have just received notification that the proof copy has been shipped. That is really impressive given that it had to be printed first and I only ordered the proof about 6 hours before hearing it has been shipped. Publishing of today has advanced in so many ways.

In addition to editing my book, I am in the process of obtaining letters of approbation. I have received a very positive comment from a Beta Reader and my first letter of approbation arrived yesterday. It is such a wonderful feeling to receive recognition to hard work. A copy of the book was mailed this morning to a doctor in the USA. Very exciting developments! However, with all the excitement there is need for a healthy dose of patience.

So now begins the wait for the second proof copy to arrive. No time to sit back though, there is plenty to do in the meantime. One of my challenges is tracking down the author or the story behind the poem: "I saw a child" by John Anthony Davies. I have seen it come up on a number of blogs and have emailed RDA but thus far I am still waiting for comments, answers and who this interesting author is / was. Do you know about Riding for the Disabled? Have you heard of or read the poem? Do you know anything about it, when it was written, if the author is still alive? If you do, please be in touch. 

Thank you so much for your help

I look forward to letting you know the next development in the process to bringing my book into print and making it available to others to read and enjoy.  

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Kallah Teacher
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Artist, Photographer and Author


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Some of the Business Side of Self-Publishing


Over the past few days (and for a few more days to come), the fun side of bringing my next book to print has been put on hold and it is down to some serious business. The topic at hand is copyright. Quite a major topic and I have 6 articles and a chapter of a book to read through followed by a podcast to listen to. Doing this properly certainly does mean there is much work to be done. The best part of reading this material thus far is a healthy reminder as to why I did not become a lawyer. I admire anyone who completely understands all the material, jargon etc and the one who enjoys it and prepared such documents, well you get even more admiration. As for me, I prefer being creative and being an OT.

Reality is though, that since the first children came into being, that would be Cain and Abel, jealousy has been a part of human life. So, despite not enjoying this aspect of book writing, I'm doing the responsible thing and wading through the info. 

Always something to learn and some business to take care of. I am so looking forward to getting back to the book itself.

If you don't see any posts for a few days, you now know what is occupying my time. I do very much hope that reading the info is all that will be required.

I hope your day is spent with nicer tasks than reading legal texts.

Have a blessed day

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Author, Artist and Photographer

Monday, 1 August 2016

Enjoying the Journey!


I am having so much fun through the process of bringing this book to print. While reading an article related to one section of the book I found a colleague who is aware of a different area that I am currently researching. I have struggled for a while to find good references to read. Thanks to this new contact I now have 5 articles on my things to do list, a great start towards gaining the information that I required.

In researching to clarify some facts for another section, I came to meet a very interesting person. I have just completed a rich and fascinating Skype conversation. 

It's amazing what doors begin to open when you embark on the path to not just write a book but to make sure that it comes to print. Of course, my book is now becoming a little bigger than it had been, but I hope that will be appreciated in the long run.

With that little intermission, it's back to the final edit of my proof copy. I am so looking forward to the next phase of this process, but enjoying this phase too. What an adventure.

Have a blessed day

Shoshanah Shear
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