Last night, I sent the final line edits on Bitter Cold to Echelon Press. It looks like Once Upon a Clockwork Tale will probably be releasing very soon. Before I tell you more about that, I have to share a story that is both embarrassing to me, and possibly encouraging to someone else.
Back in the middle of January, I changed web hosting companies. I’ve done that a number of times. I am, in fact, a web professional. For a few years, I built websites from the ground up. So it’s not like I’m a total noob when it comes to hosting and domains. In the process of moving this site and getting www.katinafrench.com set up on the new host, I forgot one small, yet-ever-so-crucial detail.
I forgot to re-forward the only email address I’d provided my publisher.
In an attempt to seem more professional a few years ago, I’d created an @thatdarnkat.com email account, which I’d forwarded to my usual Gmail account. To be fair, I had at least actually recreated that email account on the new host. I just hadn’t remembered to set up the forward.
So as the previously-planned launch date for Once Upon a Clockwork Tale neared, I got increasingly nervous as I heard nothing whatsoever from my publisher.
I sent out an email, full of pride and excitement, to my beta readers for Bitter Cold, announcing that I was publishing a short story prequel, and offering them a free copy. When none of them responded, I assumed they were bored with the project, and tired of hearing from me about it.
When February came and went and I still hadn’t heard anything from Echelon, I sent a couple of emails. When I didn’t get any response to those, I started to get angry.
Then a couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Jay Kelly at Social Media Explorer, asking if something was up. He’d sent an email to my @thatdarnkat.com address and hadn’t heard back. It wasn’t the first email he’d sent to that address that had gone unanswered, but since he knew I’d just started a pretty challenging new job, he assumed I was just swamped.
Suddenly, light dawned.
I went to my hosting account. There, in the webmail I’d never checked, were all the emails sent to that address for the last six weeks. Including excited responses from my beta readers, and an email from my publisher explaining that she’d had a serious health situation, and was pushing back the release.
I felt like the worst person on Earth.
The takeaway? Give people a little more credit. Don’t assume that just because you have a lot of experience doing something, that you can’t still make a dopey mistake. When you make a dopey mistake, brush yourself off, forgive yourself, and move on.
So… in short:
- Yes, Once Upon a Clockwork Tale has been delayed, for reasons that aren’t anyone’s fault.
- It should be released VERY SOON.
- As soon as I know an exact date, I’ll tell everyone.
- Beta readers: I suck. You rock. If you don’t have a free copy of Big Teeth, let me know. I’ll send you one in the appropriate format for your eReader.