Have you ever felt as though you are almost at the finish line, but you still have a long way to go? Using the analogy of running a marathon, since I have run three Brighton marathons. The last three miles feel as though they are never going to end, even though you can see the finish line in the distance, as you run along the seafront. You feel energised by the spectators who shout enthusiastically “you’re almost there” to spur you on. But this is not enough because you have to keep running. You want it all to end so you can stop running, rest awhile, and start celebrating your accomplishment. This is how I feel right now.
Let me tell you why. I submitted my manuscript to Edwin Mellen Press in September this year. After a delay with agreeing the title – Black Women Prison Employees: The Intersectionality of Race and Gender, and a couple of hiccups with the front page and personal portrait. The manuscript has finally gone to print. However, until I have a copy of my book in my hand and it is available to purchase, I am still nearly there.
I have started thinking about my next steps. For example, how can I promote my book, but until I have an actual date when copies will be available, it’s a bit difficult to put my plans into motion.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have started raising my profile. I have set up my website: www.black-woman-amazons.com, my second academic article entitled: The Psychosocial Impact of Prison Culture on Black Women Employees, was published in the Psychosocial Journal, October 2018, and I have printed new business cards. So I have taken some steps, and I have a few ideas about how I want to launch my book.
But for now, the frustration remains because I am almost there.