Friday, January 08, 2021

Not Yet

At one time, I never gave a thought to when my publisher was going to release my next book (except to wish it could be sooner). However, one of the things "hybrid" or "indie" authors learn is that pretty much everything is up to them--writing, revising, publication, marketing, the whole bag. And that includes choosing a time for release of the work. 

We're always told to "wait until it's ready." But that's a hard lesson to learn. Like most authors, I felt that my first book (and those that followed) was ready for release as soon as it was written. But I finally learned that editing will improve the book--even though it takes time.

Not a Christmas novel or novella? I can live with that. Enjoy the fruits of my colleagues labors and celebrate the season. How about right after the new year? No, it's best to wait until at least mid-January, and maybe later. After twelve novels, seven novellas, and one non-fiction book, I've finally learned to wait. Maybe I've become smarter in my old age. Then again...

So, you'll see my next one when it's ready (I'm hoping for late spring or early summer). And in the meantime...wait.



Priscilla Bettis said...

I think timing is indeed important.:-)

Richard Mabry said...

As the Pennsylvania Dutch saying goes--We get too soon old and too late smart.
But we get there.

Patricia Bradley said...

Great quote from the Pennsylvania Dutch! It is hard to wait, and like you, I was sure my first novel was perfect when my publisher bought it...then the edits. I was soon thinking, "But I thought you liked it!"

I'm looking forward to reading it when it's ready, Richard!

Richard Mabry said...

Took me quite a while to realize that it takes many, many drafts and some additional editing for what we think of as "perfect" to become "publishable."