35 Days to 35: Say it with me…. (2 more days)

…..why not.

My book file came back with a few errors. The Create Space team ‘suggested’ I add a blank page to the beginning of my book and re-upload. For reasons. Because why not. From everything I can tell, it is not an essential change.

So, I am choosing not to follow this advice, because I know the way this goes. If I risk re-uploading, there is a nearly 100% chance of further errors, and I’m just ready to be done.

The second error involved the cover. The top quote was close to being completely cut off. It wasn’t, but it was within a millimeter and looked really bad. Since I’ve gone to so much trouble to make sure my ‘first impression’ was a good one, I automatically I clicked to change it.

A message then popped up essentially saying that if I decided to make a change, any change, even a small one like the cover, the file would have to go through the review process all over again, which would take up to another 24 hours.


I sat there and stared at it for a while, trying to decide if I was willing to live with the cover error in order to move forward. I knew that I wasn’t, but it took considerable internal debate to settle. I thought about it, and even if I decided to publish right now, I am still facing the 3-5 days for the Amazon store to set up. That said, either way, it looks like I’m going to miss my deadline.

I thought of the verse, “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.” (Proverbs 22:29, NKJV)

While I don’t have an expectation of meeting royalty, I do want to do the absolute best job I can.  And just because I’m tired of the book and ready to move on, doesn’t mean it deserves less than my absolute best.

I clicked the button to make the change.

I fixed the cover, re-uploaded, and now have to wait for them to approve me (again.)

Honestly, does anybody else feel like this has been as much of a roller coaster ride as I do?  :-/

Right at 35 days before my 35th birthday, Rachael and I found out that a book we wrote about our experience making our first film “No Lost Cause,” was being returned to us by the publisher after a year of waiting for it to be printed. Instead of wallowing in our collective misery, I committed to blogging every day while I searched for ways to overcome this perceived rejection and obstacle to our goal. I currently also have about three other projects brewing at the same time, and write about the progress of each of them. This is part of that series.

Read the first entry here: https://ashleyraymerbrown.com/2015/01/23/35-days-to-35-dealing-with-rejection/

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