When things don’t go as planned

There was supposed to be a post this morning. Instead, my darling husband was taking me off to the chiropractor, who took one look at me limping in and said, “Put your back out again?”

Oops. I’ll be better soon.

There was supposed to be an announcement of a new book published… but even though the dashboard show Shattered Under Midnight as live, and I can get to the product page via KDP dashboard links, it’s not searchable on amazon.com under title, author name, or ASIN. It is on all the international amazon pages…

Sigh. Email in to KDP support.

Peter’s been working flat-out for the last 7 months, between writing three books, editing all three as a continuous arc, publishing two and getting the third ready, and editing and publishing my book, as well as life outside of that. He’s exhausted, and doesn’t have the energy left to throw into promotion at the upcoming convention.

Shrug. So, we make it a vacation instead of a working weekend. Sure, we have a couple panels and a couple meetings, but instead of trying to promote or sell anything, it’s going to be a low-key weekend for friends.

Life is not always under our control. In fact, it’s often not under our control, but at least we have the ability to control how we react to it. Instead of stressing out for any of the above, we’re going to roll with it, and just adjust and keep on going. Remember this: in the indie world, your books don’t go out of print unless you choose to remove them. So no misstep is forever, no setback is fatal to your career. You can pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again.

So take it easy on yourself, okay?

 

20 comments

  1. I was able to find Shattered Under Midnight by seaching your name out of the IOS Kindle app. Woo-hoo! I’ve been waiting for it… I hope your back recovers quickly.

    1. Yay! They fixed it while I was writing this, then. That’s awesome. Hope you enjoy! And thanks – I ought to be right as rain in time to spend 16 hours on the road, but we’re probably going to take a few extra stretching breaks on the way to the con just in case. 🙂

      1. Seems fixed for me, regular browser search, I see the kindle edition, and the preview comes up.

    1. Yay! They fixed it! Bet I’ll get home from work to find a bland form-email note from KDP help… or nothing at all, since it’s fixed.

  2. I woke up around 230 this morning with a charlie horse in left calf. Got that stretched out and back to sleep only to wake up at 6 with my right thigh aching like no tomorrow. I’m obviously deficient in something.Hoo-boy.

    1. I used to wake up nights on occasion with charley horses in my legs. Found out that supplementing with calcium and magnesium vastly reduced that. Then I did something pulling weeds, and triggered a rather persistent tendency towards cramps in my upper back and neck.

      I’ve been rather better about diligently taking my mineral supplements, and I’m in much better shape.

      Overdoing the magnesium can cause the runs. Some of the powder electrolite drinks have minerals, and might be a gentler test run.

  3. “If you want to hear G-d laugh, tell Him your plans for the day.” Variations found in almost every faith system I can think of.

    1. Fortunately I have wonderful coworkers who are ignoring the “Okay, I just lie down on the floor now for a moment” and the “I just need to stand for a while.” I also have a husband who loves me, ibuprofen, and a follow-up Monday. And a nice hot bath with Epsom salt when I get home. Life is good!

      1. That’s an impressive amount of lemonade to make out of your weekend lemons!

        Fortunately I don’t have to do that. I’ve got a new book to read! (Yes, they’ve fixed it. When you get a chance, be sure to go forth and announce that it’s live.)

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