Today is August 10th and the original, proposed release date of PIOUS, my first novel. In the past few months, I’ve learned so much about the publishing industry and how intricate its workings are. To think that all I wanted to do was write stories and assume it was that simple. Silly me.
The release date of PIOUS had been moved to August 31 but yesterday, my publisher told me that this is a pre-order date and inventory is not likely be in stores or available for immediate shipping yet. To be frank, this news depressed me because I’ve been swelling with anxiety to share my creation with you.
A female friend of mine who has experienced childbirth said that my anxiety is similar to a woman in labor who just wants the baby “out of her.” I’m comfortable enough in my masculinity to accept what she was really trying to say but all the same, I’m saddened that I must wait a bit longer for my “baby” to be born.
Furthermore, PIOUS was to debut September 3 at the Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the nation. With yesterday’s news, I may not have my own inventory by then. I hope that I’m wrong.
I share all of this with you, my loyal reader, to be both transparent and human. I know that a couple of months from now, this inconvenience will be a dim recollection and PIOUS will already be with you and thousands of other happy readers. So a little bit longer we must wait while today PIOUS remains unreleased.