Thursday, 11 November 2010

A pause for breath

Setting up Rosa Mira Books has been such an adventure. The work and learning  of the last year have stretched and heartened me, flattened and firmed me up inwardly, given me nightmares and days of quiet exaltation. I've met and consulted and worked with exceptional, generous, encouraging people all the way. No one has told me I'm a fool for doing this. I keep finding in the web community fantastically open-handed people sharing what they've learned and giving practical advice.

I'd hoped to launch at the start of December.

Coral wrote the other week that she tells her publishing students that every publisher's middle name might be 'slippage'. That was strangely heartening if (as I contend) slippage is part and parcel of publishing and not necessarily of the publisher's personality.

For various reasons, most to do with human capacity vs hours available in the week, not to mention the Christmas/year's end/holiday change of gears, I'm delaying the launch of Rosa Mira and The Glass Harmonica until late January. By then our Slightly Peculiar Love Stories should be well into production, all nearly all wrinkles ironed out, and those involved rested, eager, savvy and ready to roll.


Tim Jones said...

When I'm not writing, I work in the IT industry (it pays the bills!), and one thing I tell clients is "never launch your new website on a Friday afternoon" - something always goes wrong, and the consequence is a bad weekend for all concerned.

Launching in December is a bit like launching on Friday afternoon, so I think it's a very wise move to wait until next year, when there isn't so much time pressure and everyone is raring to go.

Penelope said...

Yeah, good advice, Tim. I weighed it and hemmed and hawed and now I'm plain glad we're waiting.