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July 15, 2008

The Logistics of Love

I'm not at ICRS this week because I just got back from our oldest son's wedding in Colorado. At 9,200 feet, it was definitely a high point for our family this year. Stephen is the last of our four children to get married. He and Kristen are a great couple and very much in love. But after having been father of the groom three times and father of the bride once, I have come to the conclusion that weddings are not about romance. They are about logistics.

Transportation to meals, events, housing and the airport for dozens of family and friends. Schedules to make sure the right people are in the right locations at the right times for rehearsals, pictures, fittings, hair appointments and, oh yes, the wedding. Arranging for invitations, music, flowers, tuxes, returning tuxes, programs, locations for rehearsal suppers, receptions and, oh yes, the wedding.

Robert Fulghum once wrote, "Weddings are high state occasions run by amateurs under pressure." He got that right.
While you don't want the logistics to crush out the romance, however, good logistics can create the environment that allows the romance to bloom.

There's a lot of romance about publishing--dreams of literary fame and bestseller status, elegant meals full of sophisticated conversation and interviews on PBS. Even without these dreams being fulfilled, there is an aura that surrounds publishing that is found in few other endeavors. But bad logistics can crush the romance right out of any publishing venture.

If you can't be on time with the right copyediting, with the right publicity for the right people, with the right ads, with printing and shipping the book to the right places in the right quantities, then the luster of publishing can shine as brightly as a black hole.

By all means, celebrate the love. But every so often, celebrate the logistics too.

Posted by Andy Le Peau at July 15, 2008 1:48 PM Bookmark and Share


PS. And today is the anniversary of not one, but two of our children. Three years ago today our daughter Susan tied the knot with John and two years ago today our son David got hitched with Christe. It's been more than logistics, kids. It's been a blast!

Comment by: Andy at July 15, 2008 1:58 PM

Yay for the logistics!!! It's all I do!

Comment by: Taryn at July 15, 2008 2:03 PM

Ah, logistics. Planning the ICRS Author Dinner seemed to mirror quite a lot of what I just did for my own wedding.

Comment by: Helen at July 15, 2008 2:13 PM

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