Momentum Lost & Gained Again
The driving power, push and energy taking Lebensborn to the next step is stolen by our ten-day trip to Chicago. An interview for a military collectibles article was put on hold. Weeks later the necessary information and the writing of the article is again side-tracked by the arrival of spring and outdoor projects.
A delay has been announced by the publisher. “Please understand,” says Georgie, “Currently we have been forced to place a hold on new productions for two to three weeks. Please be assured that this is a temporary situation and one that we do implement from time to time so there is nothing to be concerned about. Your manuscript will go into text block production in two to three weeks at which time I will contact you with the print Manager who will be handling the layout of your book. If you feel that three weeks has passed and you have not heard from me, please do not hesitate to e-mail me.”
Georgie finally sends details.
Ellen Green, press department, and Kira Robbins, art department, send e-mails: “We want to get started on your cover and marketing materials. Please fill in the attached form. It is our pleasure to work with you on cover design, including back cover text, and to promote your book when it is ready.”
E-mailing their form was a nightmare. Kim wrote, “Looks like everything after the genre question is coming through blank.” “Okay Kim,” I write back, “What last bit did the computer swallow?”
They both forward another form, a word attachment. I breathed a sigh of relief when a fully-completed document went through. “Got it,” says Kim. “Thanks for your patience and diligence.”
The genres I’ve chosen to list Lebensborn are: fiction/historical, fiction/war & military, and drama/European and Continental. Another suggested third: fiction/action & adventure if the drama idea isn’t appropriate.
The large and small synopses of the book were written, along with a lengthy listing of the main characters, fifty or so.
The writing questions: motivation for the book, themes of messages, setting. The questions that concerned writing were fun. They wanted to know why and when I write, my day job. When did I realize I wanted to be a writer? They asked about my writing schedule, obstacles to writing, influence of life experience, writer’s block, and inspiration.
Where did I grow up? “In Iowa,” I said, “where the tall corn really does grow and where some natives do get restless and move west.” To answer where I live now, I said, “I make my home at the base of a mountain in Eastern Washington State five miles from Trail, British Columbia, where my husband and I have created a rustic bed and breakfast called the Lazy Bee.”
I’ll hear more from the art and press departments. The really big step is the print-block phase. No one ever said writing would be an easy career. Every job has challenges!
My main obstacle: “Living the mountain lifestyle, while at the same time keeping the ranch supplied, cleaned, planted and landscape in pristine condition for possible B&B guests. I think I’ll find a little cabin by a river and do like Marjorie Kinnen Rallings. She found a cook/housekeeper and sat on the porch and wrote.