In the 14 months since opening our doors, I have signed 19 contracts with authors. Allison Rimm is our newest author, and the first author to suggest signing the contract in person. It helps that we happen to live in the same town, but we have signed other Boston area authors. More significant is that Allison, as part of her workshops, hands out buttons that say “Got Joy?”
When the contract negotiations were finished, she asked me to come over to sign in person and celebrate with a glass of champagne. We like to meet authors face to face before signing them. We work closely, even if at a distance, for at least a year, and it helps to have a face to go with a name and voice. We are, after all, partners in the production and marketing of a book. And we take contract negotiations seriously. But signing the contract is just a formality and easily done via email or regular mail, and that’s what we’d done before.
Now I’m looking forward to reading Allison’s manuscript for The Joy of Strategy: A Business Plan for Life (fall 2013.) And to the next contract signing.
And to celebrating more of what might seem like little events. Because committing to a book project is a big event, and the beginning of an exciting journey, and I’m very glad Allison helped mark it in a joyful way, on a beautiful spring evening.