Keeping Faith is now in the hands of “the big boys and girls of publishing.” The final edit is complete, the fonts and paper weight/texture selected and all the other loose ends tied. Like a parent watching a kid leave for college, I have mixed emotions. On one hand I am much relieved and glad to get it off and gone, but at the same time I’m a bit sad. There is a certain void and a sense of loss, because after all, it took with it a part of my heart and soul, not to mention loads of sweat and a few tears, plus an insurmountable amount of my time.
Yet in a few weeks it, like a boomerang kid, will be back in final draft/publication form begging for more attention. I will be very happy to see it arrive. And then I will be happy for it to leave again because shortly thereafter, maybe by late November, the BOOK will be welcomed at my house with an abundance of cheers and celebration! Perhaps, a toast or two will be in order.
I know the release date is foggy and vague, and more than anyone, I would love to have specifics and share them with you. There is, however, no exact way to tell how long it will take to transition through each publication phase. Amazon is saying, however, that once it is “print ready,” for me, it will take another two to three weeks to be available. Therefore, a good estimate is that it can probably be ordered in late November/early December. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, but as one who last year went through house renovations and then repairs after Hurricane Dolly, I know to expect the unexpected.