Hey, That’s Not Me!

Today’s post will be short, though probably not sweet. In order to make it sweet, I’d have to bring chocolate. The chocolate I have hidden in the back of my fridge. And that’s not going to happen.

As most of you know, my novel comes out in September, either on the first or the fifteenth, but unlike those restrictive Ten Commandments, release dates are not set in stone.

Image credit Microsoft Clip Art

So now comes the time to dish—both about the book and the process behind it. But how to do so without alienating those who don’t give a poo, while appeasing those who do?

As always, I’ll follow the houseguest and fish rule. I’ve mentioned this tenet before. You know, the one that says houseguests are like fish? After three days they both start to stink.

Therefore, after today’s post, I’ll publish three entries:

1)      My book blurb and cover art.

2)      A condensed chronicle of my eight-year writing journey, or what I like to call: “What took so long?”

3)      What happened after signing with the publisher, especially as relates to the editing process.

And that will be it. I promise. At least until the post announcing the book’s release. And the post on marketing anxiety. And the post on my fear of book reviews. And the post on…

But before I go, let me leave you with the following pictorial representation of my latest humiliation. These photos I took are of my publisher’s website, the page that lists upcoming releases. Look at the third book down in the September section. I’ve included a zoomed-in image for my fellow myopics.

See that? The Seneca Scourge? Yep, that’s my book.

But who the hell is Connie Rubin?!

Lovely. As if my self-confidence as a writer wasn’t low enough. Thank you, Sir, may I have another?…

The Animal House paddling. Image credit: www.theblaze.com

163 Responses to “Hey, That’s Not Me!”

  1. annewoodman

    Connie, I always love your posts. ; ) How exciting that the publishing date is almost here!!!!!

    And FYI… I am one of the bunch who would love more publishing/writing/marketing posts. I won’t be alienated, no sir.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Oh, good, because I suspect there are more of those posts to come. But Connie enjoys the mindless stuff, too, so there’ll probably be plenty of that as well.
      😉

      Thanks for stopping by, Anne. As always, I appreciate it.
      :)

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  2. butimbeautiful

    I hope your publisher changes it – that’s very annoying! There will come a time when they know your name and fear it! Btw, are you going to be published online as well?

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Hopefully they’ll get it changed. Both my editor and I have sent off an email. Don’t want to be known as “Connie” in their files.
      :)

      My book will mostly be e-book format. There will be a POD option, though I suspect the print format may come a couple weeks after the e-book release. I’m still not clear on the details.

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  3. norfolknovelist

    Congratulations on being published – such good news. I’m looking forward to the posts about your journey already, whoever they’re written by.:-)

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  4. char

    I’m so happy for you, Connie! This is a major, awesome accomplishment that gives me warm fuzzies and am happy to have found your post. Ha ha ha! I couldn’t resist. AFter writing your wrong name (which made me boo and hiss at those proofreaders falling asleep on their job), I went into spam-arama mode or poor English speaking automaton. I’ve read too many spam comments. I’m starting to sound like them now. But seriously, Connie, I’m excited for upcoming book posts. At least they spelled your book name correct.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Yes, the spammers have been out in full force lately, haven’t they? I keep getting spam for designer shoes, which is weird considering how boring my footwear is. But on second thought, maybe it’s Connie that wears the fancy shoes. Sounds like a Connie to me.
      :)

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  5. Chris Biscuits

    I don’t wish to give you needless doubts, but are you absolutely certain that there isn’t someone out there called Connie Rubin who might have stolen your manuscript and masqueraded as you to earn what is rightfully your publishing contract?
    If I was going to get your name wrong, I’d at least do it with some panache. Congratulations, Reuben!

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  6. Valentine Logar

    I am going to bet that Connie is someone’s Wife or Mother-in-Law and they just had a fight. That is not really a Typo but rather a Freudian Slip. It will be corrected, just beat them over the head with your request to remain Carrie.

    Congrats on the publishing date, it is so close! You have earned bragging rights, so brag all you like we all want to hear the travails and trials. Someday some of might want to follow in your footsteps.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! Nice to hear.
      :)

      As for the whole Connie thing, I’m thinking the person who typed it probably has horrible vision like me and just didn’t have their reading glasses on.
      😉

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  7. Joanna Aislinn

    You never fail to make me lol, Carrie–or is it Connie? Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to the ‘detailed’ posts to come!

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  8. acflory

    This is brilliant Carrie! Congratulations on getting a /publisher/! Congratulations on /being/ published and congratulations on the upcoming launch. You are living the dream girl and you can talk about it as much as you want. I for one won’t be bored.😀

    One thing though – with that typo? Don’t just shrug it off. It may just be a typo or it may be something wrong deep in their database. If you don’t query it you may have to change your name to ‘Connie’ by deed poll when you book hits the bestseller lists. Get them to fix it now!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! For both the encouragement and the nice words. Much appreciated. And yes, I’ve contacted them, and hopefully it will get changed, though I haven’t heard back yet. I really don’t want to change my name to Connie.
      :)

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  9. Ann Marquez

    OH NOOooooo!!! Typos everywhere these dats … I mean days😉 I’ll bet it’ll be smooth sailing from here on out!!! I’m so excited for you. Seriously! Wow just a few more weeks😀

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