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What to Do?

Permanent Linkby Badgersoph on Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:14 am

I haven't been on ASC for a while, largely because I get distracted and then I forget that I have art accounts other than on Deviantart. Yet the only times I get requests from publishers for permission to publish, it comes from here, not Deviantart (because, I suspect, many people get turned off by that "Deviant" part). For sure there are some pretty deviant characters on Deviantart (one guy who favorited a couple of my pieces is a bona fide Satan worshipper. Made me slightly queasy, and that's not easy to do).

Wow, that was a digression in the first paragraph: a blogging triumph for me.

So in the past 8 months, I wrote a book. My very first book. I would be excited, but the preparation of this volume has left me somewhat excited and I am now on pins and needles because I'm fretting about what my editor will say when she gets it (which should be today). I don't know if anyone is going to read this, but if any of you have been published, you will know what I'm talking about when I say that producing 23 paintings (mostly 18 X 24") in that period of time was the EASY part. The hardest part was assembling everything the publisher wanted (which, in this case was marketing information, publications I thought would do reviews, etc.) This was followed by getting the book itself written: even though I am what people call a "good" writer, there were points where I thought the process would never end.

Then, abruptly, it ended. My Editorial Conspiracy made their final remarks; I formatted the manuscript according to the publisher's guidelines; I collected the original shots of the the artwork (45 pieces all together); I downloaded all of that onto a thumb drive and put all the printed out material together, put the whole thing into a big padded envelope and sent it on its way. Then I went home.

There was my handwritten manuscript on the dining room table: it is about 3 inches high, but now it is ready to be put away. My paint kit had been packed up because I had finished the paintings and needed to focus on the manuscript. It looked like I had nothing to do but mundane things like laundry and house cleaning.

I have to say, it was kind of depressing.

AND my eyes were mega-strained. I would tell people that "I had crossed my "t"'s and dotted my "i"'s, and now my eyes were crossed".

I sat on the couch for two days, only stirring to eat or attend to basic needs.

I'm now at the point where I wonder what I should do next. I have some commissioned work that needs doing and I still feel like I'm in the groove, but what else? I'll keep you posted.

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