Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Perfectionism is a Curse and a Blessing

Edits are done on the Wayfarer series.  I've spent the last couple of weeks working on editing the novels already published.

This started because I reread them and found errors.  My impression was there were so many errors, I had to redo them.  I started the process and in doing so discovered there really weren't that many errors or errors that were so drastic they need fixing.

My next step is to analyze the errors and decide if it is worth the time and effort to republish.  The perfectionist in me is saying HELL YES!!!  But the realist in me is saying, let's be reasonable.  Time is a precious commodity.  I've done the editing now are those errors really so important I need to republish?

Part of this is me needing to make sure I'm producing a quality product.  One side benefit from doing these edits, Wayfarer eight seemed to pop out of my head and onto the pages so is now in the rough draft stage.  Wayfarer nine has been started.

I'm planning some vacation time at the end of the month.  I'm staying home to write.  I'm hoping in that time I'll finish Wayfarer nine and the Defenders series.  I am about halfway through the third book and keep getting distracted from finishing it.

I also need to get some crocheting done.  I'm going to try to get some of that done this weekend but I'll have to see how it goes.  When I want to write, there is little else I can do.  I write or my head explodes (or feels like it will).

I've not been hitting the marketing aspect of my author business so I need to get back at that.  I feel like I never have enough time for this (and the other hats I wear).  I'm hoping to have another book out by the first part of next month.  If I can finish the Defenders series while I'm on vacation, I'll try to get that one out in August.  Then I turn my attention to either new novels and non-fiction or I look at the sequels to other series waiting in the wings.

So much to do and so little time to get it all done.  I keep reminding myself I'm one person capable of doing one thing at a time (unless I'm doing three or four).  I'm trying to keep my to do list realistic as well as my own expectations.

This is why I'm hoping to let go of the need to correct the minor errors I found in my books.  It helps to see books done by professional publishing companies have errors in them.  As I read the JD Robb series, I kept finding errors.  She is a long standing author, who is published through a traditional publisher, with the use of a professional editor.  Still her books have errors.  It helps me realize I need to let go of the desire to be PERFECT in my work.  Missing commas are not going to show up on a report somewhere.  Though I could see a missing commas department somewhere investigating ... wait I digress...

Next step, decide how many of the books need republishing and how many I can let go.  After that I'll move on to the next task.  Writing, marketing, publishing, and the list is never ending...

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