Thursday, August 2, 2018

#IWSG August 2018 Be the Tortoise, Not the Hare

FOR THOSE WHO READ MY PREVIOUS POST: My husband is out of the hospital and is doing okay. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement!

Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, this encouraging blog hop rocks! All writers welcome!
Co-hosts this month: Lee Lowery, Erika Beebe,  Susan Gourley, and Sandra Hoover.

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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Em-Musing said...

Oh boy...I really enjoyed your post. I have been suffering trying to self-publish with a deadline that I put on myself. I am very close, but you're so right...there have been many bumps and had I pushed too hard...I would not have been proud of the final effort,

Natalie Aguirre said...

Rushing to publish or submit or putting too much pressure on yourself is not good. I also submitted too early when I got a request from a publisher very early in my writing career. Later I realized that it needed a lot of work.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Losing that copy sounds awful!
How is your husband?

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't think I've ever been accused of being the "hare." My writing and I are all tortoise, all the way. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Emily - glad you liked it!

Natalie - lessons learned can be tough but definitely memorable.

Alex - he is much better and should be released from the hospital today.

Madeline - you are wiser than me. 😊

Lee Lowery said...

Exellent advice. Too many authors rush to publish with less than stellar results. Good luck with your project!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

As they say, take your time and do it right.

I have terrors thinking about losing a big file like that. I back up everything several times a day on an external hard drive that goes with me everywhere.

Patricia Lynne said...

Okay, now I really don't feel bad about the mistakes found in my new release.

Juneta Key said...

Congrats on the coming release. Great advice about taking your time. I made a note and will remember that.

Heather R. Holden said...

So glad to hear your husband is doing better!

And oh, wow, your first novel's release sounds so incredibly stressful. How horrible that you lost the copy-edited version like that!

Also, I'm so excited to hear that news about Ashes Burn. Love that series so much!

Loni Townsend said...

Yeah, rushing when unprepared can lead to severe health issues. It's a problem I deal with regularly as a constant procrastinator.

Glad your husband's improved!

Suzanne Furness said...

I hope your husband is OK, Tyrean. Have been having similar health issues here but thankfully all seems well now. Worrying times though, my thoughts are with you and your family. Taking your time, yes I agree with this. Writing and publishing is a long game usually. Best wishes.

Lori L MacLaughlin said...

Glad to hear your husband is doing okay. I cringed when I read about your losing your manuscript. I'm so paranoid about that happening I have several back up copies, one of which goes everywhere I go. And I definitely agree about being the tortoise. Rushing things is always a bad idea.