Happy New Year!! It's been a really rough couple months - ups, downs, happy, sad, exciting, frustrating, all in one. I don't even know where to begin... the book is finally printed - it's REAL! Here's a photo of myself with the book, taken by my pal Lilia (from Lilia Photography) at the launch party.
The launch party was at WAG Hotels back in December, and there were more than 200 people and 85 dogs in attendance. It was insane and amazing!! The line for the book signing was out the door and everyone got a goodie bag filled with fun doggie stuff. I was kray and rented a fashion runway for the dogs to walk down during a live book reading - it was awesome... LOL, had to see it to believe it. Surprisingly, 85 dogs and no dog fights, lol, everyone got along... super well-behaved!
Overall though, I am pleased with the book and most people's response has been very good too. Looking back, it is quite an accomplishment that I found all of the dogs let alone finished the book, raised the $ and got the thing printed. I should've hired a photographer to shoot the event, UGH!
The books ended up being delivered late, so I missed holiday shipment. I can't get into it now, but long story short it really ruined my entire master plan. People waited, I couldn't market the book... it was horrible. I lost alot of $ and opportunity. I never imagined this happening. Dealing with this was not easy, not when there were literally hundreds of people waiting. Terrible.
You know that I'm a perfectionist and type-A. What could possibly be worse to me after all of the production drama to discover a few typos. People's disappointment in me is worse than any delay. It does not make things fun. My timeline was insanely tight, I stretched myself and my editor to the limit, and looking back, I can't say that I wasted a second of time. This book has been my life for the past year, and I know that I put every single ounce of energy, effort, and oomph into it - just disappointing. And thanks to 10 years of catholic school, the guilt will live with me forever. Ugh!
So now I know what I have to do to make sure that the next "project" is smooth and semi-stress free!!