Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September IWSG--Calmer Emotions With Better Perspective

Last week I ran away with my family for a cruise. Getting away--no phones, no internet, no one needing anything from me, and sadly no writing either--was exactly what I needed. I didn't even get to read that much. The experience helped me get my perspective back though. 

I had been creating my own emotional turmoil because I was falling behind my goals. For some reason, I'd forgotten I was in charge of MY GOALS! Timelines can change if they need to. Especially when there hasn't been adequate time to work on a project and no one else is demanding it be finished. No matter how much I want to release it by Christmas, it will be much better to wait and put the time in that it needs to solve the problems with the plot and some major pacing issues.

This was confirmed by a few comments from a beta reader Sunday. I was lucky enough to have another author agree to read for me. Better yet, he'll be the first man to read this mess of a story. I miss having men in writer's group! He's only been through a few chapters and he's seen things that once mentioned are obvious. Sadly, they were not to my female mind. 

Funny how a few simple comments can put a mind at ease. I knew something was off, that's why I couldn't finish the story, but I couldn't figure out what it was. Now that I have a direction to work, I feel so much better. And, I'm fine not publishing this book until next year.

It'll be worth the wait, I promise! 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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The September question: What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

My first novels were traditionally published because I had no idea what I was doing. I'm glad I went that route. It allowed me time to learn and grow while a team of people helped me get started. It was a smaller publisher though. This simply means they put the money up front into the cover, editing, typesetting, put the books on Amazon and moved on. There was no marketing and no timely reporting to let me know if my marketing efforts were getting results. I eventually made the move to get my rights back for those books.

All my books are now self-published. I've found that the control freak in me likes being able to access stats any time I want. If I'm running a promotion or ad, I can watch in real time to see what works and what doesn't. No more wasting time or money. Plus, I love searching for the perfect cover and having more control over that first impression. Now if something's not working, I know it's my fault and I fix it. It's quite liberating.