Something happened within the industry of publishing services that left many people in a slump throughout much of this year. At the beginning of 2017, more than ever, my mailbox began getting flooded with designers, editors, illustrators, marketing agents and ebook converters looking for work. They had none, I had none. Then came September, and suddenly I received three consecutive manuscripts and am, once again, working several hours each day. I’m not sure what happened but am glad that it was only temporary. The “down time” was rejuvenating. I bounced back with fire — designed two books, cover to cover, totaling 350 pages in approximately twenty-five hours — and I filled with deep gratitude, not only for the poets who put coffee in my cup in exchange for my visual creative talents, but also for the fact that my work, my “job” is essentially sitting at this computer, designing and proofing books, and listening to my favorite music. That thought fills me with joy! We have what we need to survive in this chaotic world, and I’m most grateful for the poets, new and repeat clients, who keep me busy doing what I enjoy doing.
“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, therein lies your vocation.” –Aristotle
(Middle Island Press: we publish poetry and short stories.)