I was also debating using the term ‘Divine Energy’, but it also felt a little bit too floaty ‘out there’ for the general public. So in the end, after a lot of praying and debating, I settled on the term ‘GodJuice’. Not everyone likes it, I know, but it’s the best I could do at the time.
The reason I’m telling you this is because GodJuice just got accepted by the Urban Dictionary, and is now an officially ‘cool, in-use’ term. You can see the full definition here. I know it’s a little strange, the way outreach attempts go, but we’ve hit such a strange time in our collective history, that even getting the term ‘GodJuice’ into the Urban Dictionary I feel must count for something. Hopefully.
In the meantime, I’m still hoping and praying that the book itself will be ready for its publication date, at the end of January. It’s a post for another time, but the number of obstacles I’ve had getting the thing out in print would fill an Encyclopedia. I almost gave up again last week, when my 3rd (!) book designer hit the dust.
The first one told me it would take a month to do, but then apparently got ‘sick’ and never even began my project, so then I had to find another designer, who was initially amazing, brilliant, wonderful.
Until they literally had a nervous breakdown when my project was 90% done, and told me they wouldn’t be able to work for another 2 months. So then, I had to find another designer to take over part-way through, which they apparently hate to do.
Then – a miracle! A book design company that sounded so professional and nice, and promised me the best service at the most cost-effective prices. They took four times as long as promised, didn’t know how to turn my manuscript into an e-book after all (after initially telling me it would take them 24 hours to get it done…) and the crowning insult, got the margins and guttering so stuffed up on the final PDF that even Createspace refused to print a proof.
For the non-book publishers out there, when I self-published ‘The Happy Workshop’ via Createspace by uploading my own word doc with zero professional design, I had no problems getting it published. And here, I’d spent a fortune and still couldn’t even get a proof copy out.
I nearly gave up.
But then, God told me to give it one my try, so now I’m hoping the nice designer in India is as good as she sounds. If not – I don’t know what will be. But one thing I can tell you, is that writing the book was the easy part.