In the middle of summer, I never fully appreciate just how busy I am during the school year. Teaching is a job and a half. The 10 or so hours I spend on campus is only the “first shift.” Then I come home, eat dinner, and begin the “second shift” of grading and planning the next day’s lessons. I go to bed, wake up at 5:15 a.m., and it starts all over again. And this schedule doesn’t let up until the last day of school in June. I do enjoy my work, though; if I didn’t enjoy it so much I would have quit long ago.
My “day (and evening) job,” though, poses serious problems for me as I prepare to publish Juvenilia — but it isn’t just the delay in publishing that has me worried. Once the novel is released, I’m going to have to commit some significant time in promoting it, and I don’t know where that time is going to come from.
I had intended to publish Juvenilia this fall. I’ve already added the “Copyright 2013 by J.M. Reep” notice to the final draft of the novel, and it will be so disappointing to change that “3″ to a “4.” But it might make sense to do just that. I don’t like the idea of publishing in the middle of the holiday season, when the last thing anyone is interested in is the latest novel by some obscure indie author.
Another issue that has slowed me down is that I still haven’t reached a decision about how I’m going to publish the book. I’m leaning towards Amazon’s CreateSpace for the printed version of the book, but I’m not yet sure how I want to handle the ebook version.
I’ve also spent the better part of the last two months finishing another writing project I began last spring: a collection of original poetry that I’ve published as a chapbook. I published it privately through Lulu. It’s not something I’m going to sell or make available for the public (nobody ever buys poetry), but I do intend to try to get some of the individual poems published in some literary magazines — another project!
But back to Juvenilia. Rasha gave me a kick in the pants yesterday and wanted to know when Juvenilia will be published, so I’ve decided to offer a free preview. Below, is a link to a PDF file of the first 46 pages of the novel. Enjoy! More is on the way, I promise.
One thing that especially concerns me when I imagine strangers opening this book, cold, for the first time, is that I imagine them reading the first few pages and thinking, “Jeez, this is complete crap — what a terrible writer this J.M. Reep is!” without understanding what they are seeing in the opening pages. My advice, then, to anyone who downloads this preview is to at least read through page 13 or so. By that point, it should be completely clear what I am trying to do in this novel, and if at that point you still think it’s a pile of crap, then feel free to stop reading.
I’m still proofreading. If anyone spots some errors, let me know. ;)
P.S.: And if there is anything more frustrating than trying to set up page numbers for a book, I don’t know what it is. Inserting them manually, one at a time, would take less time than this.