I had the publishing firm choices narrowed down to two options before the Kickstarter Campaign ended on November 14. While I waited the past 2 weeks for Kickstarter to release the funds that were pledged to the Recovery Reflections Journal project, I've been researching those choices, and negotiating with them to get the best possible combination of editing and layout support, distribution management and marketing guidance.
Well, the funds hit my account this morning and I signed a publishing contract with Friesen Press today!
Why Friesen Press?
Great question! I'm glad you asked. It shows me that you're thinking.
My contact at Friesen Press, Bret (he's marvelous BTW) was the only one of the publishing firm representatives that didn't make me feel like they just wanted me to spend money. Every time I asked him a question or voiced a concern, he was patient and took a lot of care in making sure not only that I understood what he was telling me, but also that he had answered every one of my questions before moving on. He made me feel confident with every part of the process leading up to my final decision. He even anticipated some things that I may not have been aware would happen in the publishing process, and advised me to do some more research on them before making a decision on which firm to go with.
Add to that, the fact that Friesen Press is a Canadian company. This helps me to feel more patriotic, of course, but it also ensures that they would be able to anticipate what I might need in terms of Canadian tax laws, ISBN numbers and international sales stuff that I really have only started to learn. PLUS, I don't have to worry about currency conversion when the book goes to print.
And guess what?? One of the Friesen Press Printers is practically my neighbour! I had no idea that the Printing Facility in a small town close to mine services such a large Publishing Company. Only a 2.5 hour drive from my house. And that will translate into a quicker turn around time for getting books shipped to my marvellous Kickstarter Backers. I'll be able to pick up their journals hot off the press and take it straight to the post office, shaving about two weeks off the time it takes to get their goodies into their hands, where they belong.
When it feels right, it feels right
This journey has felt out of reach at several points in the process already. There have been numerous times that I've felt "in over my head". But, and I say without hesitation, there has been someone (usually several someones) at every point that I've doubted myself who has been equipped, prepared and willing to offer me the support that I need to keep on moving forward.
The universe has a remarkable way of making sure that we have what we need to keep on going. I believe with all of my heart that Friesen Press is just what I need for this next part of my journey.