Well, this is not the post I thought I’d be making today when I got up this morning but… I didn’t make it. I just had a conversation with my editor (who is one of the loveliest people I know and I’m not just saying that because she reads my blog!) and we agreed it would be best if I take a little longer to get it to where it needs to be before I send it to her.
I’m pretty disappointed with myself, because for all my screaming and tooth-gnashing I really did think I was going to make it, and I was SO looking forward to being forced to leave it alone for a bit while someone else was working on it. But it’s not all bad news. Having this deadline made me work my butt off and stop procrastinating (well, almost) and I got a lot further a lot faster than I would have otherwise. Honestly, if I hadn’t been so exhausted and overwrought today, I probably would have made it. But taking a little longer means that I can ease up on myself (because, egads, the crying) and even let it sit for a day or two and do a final read-through before I send it off.
If nothing else, this book has been a tremendous learning experience for me. There is so much that I know to do differently next time – I feel like I’ve made about five books’ worth of mistakes with it, and I’ve learned from all of them. No matter what happens with this book, I plan to write a lot more of them and, well, maybe this is jinxing it, but I’m pretty sure none of them will ever be quite this hard.
We’re still on track for the February/March release I want. This is okay. A giant bummer, to be honest, but okay.
Thanks for staying tuned. I have loads of ideas for posts I can do about the writing, editing and publishing processes, but I recognise that this blog has been a bit light on content lately so I appreciate you sticking around.