Friday, October 08, 2021

Writing: Don't Hurry

 One of the hardest lessons for me its the admonition that I first hear from my agent years ago--don't be in a hurry to publish your manuscript. Whether it's indie-published or submitted to an agent or publisher, the reflex in all of us is to hurry it along for submission. I don't know when it soaked in--maybe it never has--but the lesson is really true. I used to grind my teeth when I'd hear someone recommend that we leave a manuscript for several days or several weeks, look at it again, perhaps rewrite (yet again) it, before submitting it. It's done. Let's get on with it!

But eventually, we learn. How many authors have we heard express that they wish they had done thus-and-such in their manuscript before submission? All of us know the drudgery of reading and correcting galleys. And if you are involved in an audio version, you may have to hear it again. We're all tired of hearing/seeing our words, but maybe it would be good to make those corrections while the book is still in the pre-publication form.

What's the couplet? "Backward, turn backward, oh time in thy flight. I thought of the words that fled from me last night."


Priscilla Bettis said...

I think it’s very wise to let a ms set before you look at it again and make revisions! I am in Ft Worth today, beautiful weather you all have out here!

Richard Mabry said...

Glad you're enjoying it. And glad you've learned to let a ms "rest" for awhile--took me quite a while to learn that.

Patricia Bradley said...

Read and reread and reread...that's why I've never read one of my books after they were published. lol

Sound advice, Richard! I am so thankful my first book wasn't published any earlier than it was. :-)

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I've heard that sentiment from lots of authors. Thanks for adding your voice.