Yesterday I was busy with a lot of housekeeping details. No, not the kind where I have to use a vacuum cleaner or a mop, that always turns out badly, but housekeeping details as far as the publishing end of things.
The first order of the day was to contact my brilliant cover artist, Elizabeth Mackey, and have her format the paperback cover for Fresh Out Of Mojo, which came out a while back in e-book format. Elizabeth always does an amazing job and has super quick turnaround, and a few hours later, she sent it to me. I submitted the cover and formatted content to Amazon, now it’s just a case of waiting for the printed version of the book to go live.
With that out of the way, I did some promotion work on my new Tinder Street book, Boom And Bust, sending out notices to several blogs that promote new books. I always tell new authors that writing the book is the easy part. The promotion afterward is what takes most of your time and effort.
Then I wrote three new blogs to be posted later when our kids come to visit in two weeks so I will not have to take time away from our family time to do that every day. I will still have some occasional new blogs while they are here, updating you on the visit, but they are my priority.
I was also waiting on an Amazon delivery to come with a new Kodak PixPro WPZ2 waterproof digital camera. Since I’m a klutz, I don’t like taking my phone on my kayak to take pictures because I’m always afraid I’ll drop it overboard. This small, inexpensive 16-megapixel camera is waterproof down to 15 meters (almost 50 feet), and comes with some nice bells and whistles.
I also ordered this floating wrist band for it since even though the camera is waterproof, it doesn’t float.
Everything I read about the camera seemed positive, and I was excited to get it. But when it arrived, I was disappointed to discover that the battery was swollen so badly that the paper label was peeling off of it, and I could not insert it into the camera. I tried to call Kodak’s customer service number, but they were closed for the weekend, so I sent them an e-mail, hoping to hear back on Monday. Don’t you hate it when you get a new toy and it’s broken on arrival?
To Kodak’s credit, I was really surprised that within less than an hour I received a call from one of their customer service managers, who said she happened to check e-mail as she was leaving the office. She apologized for the problem and told me she would put a new, fully charged battery in the mail to me today by Priority Mail. She also added that once I get the battery, if I am not happy with the camera for any reason, she will send me a brand-new replacement. That’s pretty darned good customer service if you ask me!
While I was doing all that, Terry was busy with some bookkeeping and research on her computer. She is still trying to decide which new computer to go with, but I think she’s narrowing it down. She’s got a birthday coming up soon, and I wish she would tell me so I can buy it for her birthday. Actually, she can get anything she wants any time she wants, but she always says there’s nothing she needs. I keep telling her it’s not about what she needs (though she really does need a new computer) it’s about what she wants. Oh, and did I mention the delicious batch of oatmeal, raisin, nut, chocolate chip cookies she made yesterday? Now, I won’t lie to you, I didn’t need them, but I wanted those!
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – I am a multitasker. I can listen, ignore, and forget all at the same time.