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Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, this encouraging blog hop rocks! All writers welcome!
Optional Question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?
My short answer: Rushing any part of the process isn't worth it.
Be the tortoise, not the hare.
If a bump in the process happens, take the time you need to traverse that bump, even if it means changing a book release schedule.
My real life pitfall:
I created an unrealistic self-publishing deadline for my first novel, then I had a PC failure and lost my entire, beautifully copy-edited, proofed manuscript. Instead of changing my home-made blog book tour, I spent some sleepless nights attempting to bring my "almost" final draft to the level it needed to be. Afterwards, a friend found nearly 200 mistakes . . . 200! I felt so foolish and embarrassed. Yes, I've fixed them since then, but I didn't have the awesome book celebration I had hoped. I made myself ill with sleepless nights and then suffered the shame of not being prepared.
I did a bit better on the next two books in the trilogy, but I still pushed too hard in the months before my book releases (ones that I planned).
So, please, take your time. Even if you have years' worth of manuscripts just cooling their heels on your PC and in your file folder, just make sure you're ready.
My current way of handling my "hurry, hurry" problem:
I have at five partial-to-full projects cooling their heels.
My experimental hint fiction series Ashes Burn is 95% ready to go (proofed, edited, formatted for e-book and for tiny paperback), but I'm fiddling with the cover and I'm giving myself another few months to finalize everything. It's a quirky project in a way (more than 200 hint and micro-fiction episodes create the whole story), but the genre is kingdom fantasy with a man on the run from his past, an evil king bent on war, and a sword-wielding princess who's tracking down her man.
I hope to finalize my cover in the next two weeks, then I'll just sit on it and make sure it's ready.
Self-pub release date: October 8th.
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The 2018 IWSG Anthology Contest is Coming Soon!
This year's genre and more information will be released in September!
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