This is where I get to suck it up and eat crow. This is my new paperback proof! It is finally here!
All hope is not lost after all. CreateSpace, after my Customer Service call to them, fast-forwarded their process to get my proof to me ASAP. While they had a slight oversight and failed to note that I had requested four extra proofs be sent, they are sending those overnight delivery today. They should be here by October 1st.
What’s that you say? You thought I had an October 1st deadline with the contest? You are right. And Charles Yallowitz, I owe you one…you were right too. There WAS a way to work it out.
I called the prize contest coordinators in NYC, and they tell me to go ahead and send overnight to them, as they have items trickling in all week d/t mail and such, so they are not excruciatingly strict.
I do not expect to win the contest, but at least it is a way to get the book read, perhaps by some who could be influential in promotions. An honorable mention would be delightful, but it isn’t an expected outcome. Being able to follow through on my reader’s groups’ expectations of me, and get this book entered at all is the accomplishment. I am very happy today.