Book Publishing Operations: Back in the Saddle Again

1 Dec

So, then, one day you look up and realize, geez, only one blog in the past two months! It’s not like there hasn’t been plenty going on: working the NCWE convention in October as well as the Texas Book Festival in November with Lindsey and Grace, getting three different wind energy projects in the works, steadily picking up more and more orders through our e-commerce site and Baker & Taylor, having both the end-of-semester publishing interns reception and an appreciation luncheon for instructors of DORI 0100 (the school’s freshman orientation class), and getting our first offset print run of 2,000 copies of the biomed TechCareers book. Plus, this week Lindsey and I are headed out again, this time to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the ACTE convention in and amongst everyone trying to wrap up the semester before the winter break.

But, hopefully, I’ll do a better job of posting regular given how my daily/weekly schedule is shaping up.

Basically, ever since September I’ve been continually scrambling to stay caught up on even the most regular day-to-day tasks as I was spending three afternoons a week doing cardiac rehab at the Getterman Wellness Center here in Waco. Not that I’m complaining about that. It was a great experience—with the exception of the Stairmaster . . . that thing is just wrong—as I went from being on the treadmill for 20 minutes and then having to take a two hour nap to where I was getting a thorough workout on a variety of machines for over an hour and a half. In particular, the staff—Chris, Jenny, Colby, Donna, and Poppy–were very helpful and offered all kinds of great support. On average I was probably 20-30 years younger than most of the other rehab patients there and on occasion I told folks the atmosphere was a bit relentlessly upbeat in a Driving Miss Daisy meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest kind of way . . . but that has more to do with me being a smart aleck as opposed to what was going on there on a regular basis.

Losing those three afternoons a week with its 12 hours did make it harder to post on a regular basis. Like I said, there’s still been plenty going on here in particular—and in the world of publishing in general—that I look forward to getting back to adding my two cents worth.

Mark

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