Several years ago, a stranger offered advice as we waited for our haircuts. We were talking about life and the problems we were encountering. Then, as his name was called, he turned to me and said, "I discovered there is always silver lining. The fun is finding it." To this day, I can recall the memory and his advice.
For me, 2022 has been an interesting and challenging year, both professionally and personally. So in April, I started encountering problems with my book distributor, which only compounded my stress. The company stopped paying royalties, books disappeared, and readers didn't receive their orders.
After weeks of researching a solution, I realized the only way to solve the problem was to change distributors and republish all my poetry collections. All reviews and work I had done would disappear. However, I knew continuing with the distributor would only make matters worse.
The advice I received so long ago kept looping in my mind, telling me to search for the silver lining. Finally, weeks passed, and I knew I had to take a chance and change distributors. The best part of this transition was being introduced to a brilliant new editor and book designer. Little did I know, she would be my silver lining. Thinking back, I never thought I would say, "I am glad" the previous distributor created so much stress and then failed to correct the problem, but I am. Because if I had not made the change, I would not have met my new editor.
Taking risks isn't easy because we are unsure of the future, the unknown. Listening to the advice I received, I searched for the silver lining. I glazed across the ocean of possibilities and imagined a better path. So often, we become caught up and trapped by the drama of the problem that we miss the silver lining.
Even as a writer, I struggle to think of the words or phrases that could describe the transformation that occurred working with my new editor - she has helped me become a better writer and is now an invaluable part of my writing process.
I am excited about the new editions: To Be Human - Always and Insatiable Consumption of Being. The books also honor my editor's artistic skills as a book designer.
Both books include new content, design, and editing. In addition, new flash fiction stories were added to Insatiable Consumption of Being.
The first editions of my poetry books have been removed from the market, and Proper Grey Areas will not be re-released as a second edition. So instead, I am writing a new book focusing on fiction and dystopian short stories.
To Be Human - Always Second Edition is available now from Itasca and will soon be available at independent bookstores and Barnes and Noble.
May you always find a silver lining,