Publication Day?

BtF_coveridea_01a_600You’d think it would be exciting: I finished all the editing and formatting and have submitted my third novel to Amazon for vetting and publishing. Instead, I feel … tired.

My class this session is heavy lifting about ethics and law and requires a 5-7 page paper on a weekly basis, on top of class participation and tests. Work has been intense, and I think the whole world is suffering under the miscommunication inherent in the Mercury Retrograde experience.

So releasing a book in the midst of that feels fraught. Especially in light of conflicting reports I’ve read about fair use of old lyrics. I’ve done my due diligence. My quotes contain key hints about character and plot development–in other words, the story doesn’t make sense without that scene (it came to me in a dream so I’m doubly loath to redact), and it doesn’t make sense with any other artist or lyrics. According to Bernard Star, this falls under fair use. Then there’s everyone else, who’ve shared horror stories about being charged thousands of dollars in licensing fees.

So I’ve tried to get in touch with the copyright owner. I’ve gone through several iterations of research. They apparently don’t want to talk to me.

I’m going to say at this point that silence is implicit approval.


We’ll see whether publication changes that.

Now, it’s on to finish my formatting tasks and keep up with blogging and schoolwork, and I will have accomplished almost everything I set out to do at the beginning of this round of ROW80. Check out how my fellow ROW80 participants are keeping up with their goals.

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4 thoughts on “Publication Day?

  1. Tonya,

    Your reaction makes sense to me. Transitions,even those I’m really looking forward to, bring new and shifting energies, and that can be undettling…and it seems that you have a lotof other things going on, as well.

    Congratulations on the completion. I hope you will be gentle with yourself while you adjust.

    1. Thanks, guys. I know the recommendation is to have a 10-year plan with publishing. I think the real problem is… these moments of pausing give you a chance to step back and notice that you really are trying to eat an elephant… It’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the volume of writing, editing, and other work necessary to maintain the pace for the full 10 years. Tomorrow is always another day, though. 😉

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