Friday John Ku – AKA – TGIF



Another Friday has rolled around. I hope you are ready for the weekend. Maybe I should say I hope the weekend is coming at a good time.

I have been waiting for my proof of Circumstances of Childhood that shipped on September 4th. I found out UPS is having service issues and sent it back to Amazon. It will be reshipped to arrive by the 18th. Once I the proof is in my hand it takes me several hours to review The setup. If there are any changes, then Amazon takes 24 hours to check to make sure the book is printable. The second proof takes five days to reach me.

So, now I have to do the math to see if I can make an October 1 launch for the print version. I can certainly do Kindle. Let’s see. The proof reaches me on the 18th. I submit changes on the 18th. Amazon takes until the 19th to verify the changes can work. I order the second proof which arrives on the 25th. Assuming no changes, I can hit publish and make it. YAY. Β I cannot have any further delays though. Today’s John Ku talks about best-laid plans.

Best Laid Plans By John W. Howell

The well thought out plans,

Always finish perfectly. . .

Unless they go wrong.


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    I love today’s John Ku. Some things we can’t control – even with contingency plans. Whenever Circumstances is launched, we will celebrate with you. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Gwen. πŸ˜€

  2. I hope everything goes on schedule for you, John. I’m having satellite problems with my Google server here in India. This is the third day and it’s improved a little. In the paper, it said there were sun storms causing satellite problems. It’s always something. I love the dog up top. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. We are having trouble with our cell service. We have no internet or phone. Cell is the only way to connect to the internet.

  3. Hope you get the proof soon. Maybe doing the eBook on October 1st and the paperback a little later isn’t a bad thing. You can make two ‘Book is Live’ promos or create some suspense. (I might not be very good at finding a silver lining here.)

    Enjoy your weekend. πŸ˜€

    1. I coud also do a week of pre-order. I like your silver lining.

      1. Good idea. Forgot about the pre-order option.

  4. Waiting for that proof is like waiting for a baby to arrive. I’ve done both, and both are stress-producing…! Best of luck – your haiku says it all.

    1. Thank you, Pamela. You have one up on me on the baby waiting. πŸ˜€

  5. Such a true JohnKu! If anyone can get it done, it’s you! Happy Friday!

    1. Thank you, Jill. πŸ™‚

  6. Everything in its own time, John.

    1. Thank you, Jan. Well said.

  7. Good luck with all that, John… I really don’t like the self-publishing process. Enjoy your weekend, good sir!

  8. Very apt Johnku – what would we do without online storage/cloud technology these days… πŸ™‚ Although acts of God like Harvey and Irma will still wreak havoc somewhere along the physical line no matter how much we try to prepare. Hope your publication schedule doesn’t get any more interruptions now! ❀

    1. Amazon sent the replacement copy by UPS. Guess what? UPS is not operational yet. *sigh* Thanks, Jan.

  9. Neither rain, nor snow, nor Harvey will stop John W. Howell. πŸ˜€
    I agree with the dog meme — Yehaw! It’s Friday!!! Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. I’m sure it will get done somehow. πŸ˜€

  10. Cheering you on, John! Hope everything works out as expected. Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Natalie.

  11. The Serenity Haiku. πŸ˜‰

    1. Ha ha ha. Part of the twelve step planning process.

  12. Yikes, sorry, John. I guess your books aren’t the only things containing nail-biting twists!

  13. Cutting it close, but my bet is on you, John! Best wishes for much success with this one — from what you’ve already told us, it sounds interesting.

  14. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Unless they go wrong… Perfectly said! I have to go with the weekend has come at the perfect time. Waiting for that proof… Days seem to move a bit slower πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

    1. Most weekends arrive at the perfect time. Thanks, DL

  15. Good Johnku. It is certainly a tight schedule but hopefully you can make it on time.

    1. With spotty internet I’m not sure.

  16. Seems there’s plenty of time. Love the haiku, John. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Thank you, Audrey.

  17. Hope it all works out, John – but it’s always good to have a backup plan.

    1. My wife said this morning, “How many authors who were swept up in Hurricane Harvey are trying to publish a book on time?” Her answer, “One. You.”

  18. it takes even longer for proof copies to get to Spain!

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