Like a yo-yo

They say women have mood swings. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a woman or because I’m depressed, but those swings lately are getting worse. As soon as I get up again, another thing hits me. Sigh. IΒ  guess that’s life in these hard times of financial distress and whatnot, but it’s wearying me out.

One day I meet with a supportive friend and feel better, the day after I encounter unexpected difficulties in this brand new world of publishing – either in Italy or in the US. Makes me want to whine about it, but I won’t. Or at least I’ll try not to! πŸ˜‰ I know I’m on a new roadΒ  and I don’t have anyone to “copy from” or follow, so I can only grind my teeth and keep going.

I have been asked by an Italian publisher why don’t I go to people like him. I wanted to tell him “What do you offer that I can’t do myself?” (considering also he admitted he put out less e-books than me this year). I kept my mouth shut because I know he charges his authors like most small publishers of his caliber… I just said “and let you have a percentage of my royalties?” and changed subject.

I’m currently attending a book fair (link is in Italian, sorry) here in Roma to see if I can figure out how to start my own business, but the first day didn’t go well (mood swing again…). I’ll update you on Saturday (the book fair is until Sunday, so I might write another post about it next week), as some people I needed to talk to weren’t present on the first day (yesterday).

Tomorrow I have a sort of appointment with a publisher/bookseller friend who is a Templars expert to read him bits of my historical novel for accuracy, so I better re-read it and see what it’s like after three months of not touching it! πŸ˜‰ Hopefully I’ll go up again, excited at the prospect of this story…

I’ve also been working on the paper versions of most e-books issued in the second half of the year. I was kind of behind with my Lulu account, but hopefully soon you’ll have print versions of BoI – Water, Ether and Earth and TSK1 & 2. Back to work…

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  1. The say all artists are temperamental, so I guess it goes with the territory πŸ˜‰

    good luck with setting up your business!


  2. nikaleeanne

     /  08/12/2011

    I certainly understand the mood swings, Barb. I definitely get that way – with me it’s PMS and probably because I don’t exercise enough and also tiredness is a factor. Not sure with you, but I do know how you feel. AS long as you understand it’s a mood and it will pass, you will get through!

    All the best with your meeting with your Templars expert friend! πŸ™‚


  3. Viv

     /  08/12/2011

    I get moodswings all the time. All it takes to tip me down is something small. Today I had a negative comment on my pre-Christmas post and even though I don’t mind if people disagree with me, being called a Scrooge even in a veiled way is somewhat hurtful!!
    As far as publishing is concerned, nothing is fixed, everything is in flux and NO-ONE knows what will happen next. Remember, nothing is fixed, set in stone or complete. It makes it harder to go with the flow, but it is worth remembering because any “wrong” move we make may be a right move in six monhths.


  4. Back from today’s book fair I found all those comments… thank you thank you thank you! πŸ™‚ You really made my day
    *hugs everybody up there and hops off to write a post in Italian because she discovered things that need to be told!* πŸ˜€
    p.s. Viv, I’m Scrooge too re:Christmas (and you know because I “liked” that post of yours” so double hug to you! πŸ™‚


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