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Road to Publication #16: Tchotchkes… Huh? Is that a typo? What the heck is my publisher sending me?

Okay, let’s just get this part out of the way… since it’s an obvious question:

tchotch·ke/ˈCHäCHkə/Noun: 1.A small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; a trinket.

(Typically pronounced “CHACH-kee”)

Honestly, I had no idea what this was either.  I even had to look up the pronunciation.  I did see a mention of this odd word in my marketing plan, but I didn’t want to sound stupid and ask back then.

When the email arrived from my publisher, I stared at it.  Should I open it?  Is it Spam?  Was their email hijacked by some foreign based worm?  Honestly, I was worried.

But you know what?  Today is my Birthday, and it ended up being a big fat fun present!  Just For me!

Well, not really.  All the Make Believe authors got it, but it’s still like a present, dernit!

Inside was the artwork for a whole bunch of neat marketing pieces.

1.       Email signature tag

2.       Bookmarks

3.       Posters

4.       Trading cards/postcards

5.       Desktop art (for your computer)

Oh!  Oodles of good stuff.  This is the front of the bookmark.  Pretty cool, huh?

This is all so neat!  I can’t wait to figure out how to slap that signature-thingy into my email.  Good fun!

Oh, you know what?  Yesterday was my three-hundredth Post.  How wacky is that?  Who knew I’d ever have this much to say?

Hob-Nobbing: Having the chance to speak with other authors

A neat thing happened the other day.  I was included, with a long list of others, in an email from a multiple-published author that I have done very moderate social networking with.

The email itself is not important.  What was neat is I looked over the list of other people who were copied.  Hmmm… She’s an author.  Oh, I read their book last year.  That name sounds familiar…

Wait?  Was I just included in an author string?

It was kind of cool… like being elevated from the “wanna be” status to being included as a published author.  It’s like the nerdy kid getting invited to sit with the cheerleaders.  I know, ***stupid***, but I thought it was pretty neat.

For the most part, I interact with people who are not published.  Being included in a conversation, and exchanging opinions with a group of published authors was pretty special.  I feel like I’ve graduated or something.

Now I just need to work my tail off to make sure I don’t end up back in school again.  On that happy note… back to my current WIP!