Starting a new business is similar to writing a book. LazyDay Publishing is one of four businesses we own. But I have to say, that it has quickly become our favorite (Shhh…don’t tell the other businesses). Starting a business from scratch is a lot of stress, work, sleepless nights and a whole lot of fun. It becomes your passion and consumes your every thought. I’m sure many authors can relate.
I often use my experiences with LazyDay to have some insight on what an author is experiencing with their manuscript. I understand how special their creation is to them. I understand how anxious they are to see their manuscript become a book. An author’s book is as important to them as LazyDay Publishing is to me. I am a self proclaimed control freak and I need to have my hand in every aspect of the business. So I understand when an author wants the same involvement in the creation of their book. I respect all the fellow control freaks and truly understand them. It definitely takes one to know one.
The best part of LazyDay Publishing so far, is the excitement we get when we offer a contract to an author. The feeling is like no other. The author is excited, we are excited and the dynamic is amazing! We are embracing their art as they are embracing us. That very first moment of joining forces for a common goal is truly what makes LazyDay so special to me.
There are days that everything seems to be happening so fast that I feel caught in a whirlwind of e-mails, submissions, questions, phone calls and so on. I’m not surprised by the amount of work and knew what to expect since it isn’t the first time we have started a business. But I am surprised with the amount of interest we are getting in such a short time. It has definitely turned up the heat faster than planned.
But one thing I am trying to focus on and I hope all of our authors do the same, is taking a step back and truly enjoying and relishing in each achievement or success. I am trying to take mental pictures of LazyDay’s formation so I can remember this special time. I want to be able to look back at these moments with fond memories. I want to be able to enjoy each step of the way. I want to remember our first submission, our first contract and our first group of authors. We are so excited for the future of LazyDay Publishing and the future of storytelling. Although I am taking special steps so that I can always remember the past as well.
*EDIT - the website for LazyDay publishing is: www.lazydaypub.com