Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Did I say deadlines?

I'm staying up 'til 2 AM and every day I find one more detail that needs to be addressed. Just when I thought I was closing in on my final 'to do' list and getting my manuscript ready for the editors. I'm not complaining, just frustrated.

Looks like I've secured more photos of Leroy Cooper with Ray Charles from the olden days that will definitely add value and credibility to the context of Leroy's memoir. They're worth waiting for. In addition, I finally made contact with Cynthia Scott, a former Raelet, who just returned from Japan. I'll be doing an interview with her on Monday.

As if that's not enough, and it's not, I will also be interviewing renowned baritone sax player Howard Johnson who played with Charlie Mingus, Hank Crawford, Miles David, Taj Mahal and other jazz greats. Sharing their love of the baritone, he and Leroy were close so I can't leave him out.

View Cynthia Scott's Official website and listen to current music:

View Howard Johnson's Official website, sit baack and listen:


Kevin said...

Uhmm wow! Well at least it's evident that your still in love with the project, which means the sleepless nights will be worth it once it's done. Sooo what kind of coffee do you prefer?

Jai Joshi said...

I know just what you mean. Marketing and publishing one's book is a job that's never finished. You can look forward to several sleepless nights still to come. But that's the fun of it. When it's over, you can look back on your success and say: "I did that." It's your work and dedication that will show through in every moment and every page. That's what makes it worth it.


Susan Cross said...

Ah, but when it's done will I sleep for a month or not be able to sleep at all?

Jai Joshi said...

Believe me, you'll sleep for a month. You'll sleep so much your family won't know you. It'll be part exhaustion, part relief, and part withdrawal from all the excitement. Then you'll yawn, stretch, get out of bed, take a shower, and start writing the next one. Don't forget to make a cake too to cheer you up from the withdrawal.