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I'm screwed...

Last weekend I got the wild notion that I need to publish something agan, right away. So, I spent the weekend working on my ill-fated novella, the one I blithely thought I could write in five days and get it published. The novella that knocked me back down firmly to earth with the realization that I'm not Superwoman.

I worked on the novella all weekend, changing it so that it wasn't so ill-advised. I sent it off to my beta reader, and then let it sit for the whole week. Yesterday I looked at it again, and made some tweaks. I was pretty pleased with it. I'm still waiting for the beta reader, but I realized I can wait. I don't want to rush it this time.

Then today I went to look at Good Reads, and Promises and Lies has a new reader rating. It's a 3 star rating, and that makes two 3 star ratings in the past several days. Trust me, I'm not complaining. A 3 star rating is much better than the slew of 1 star ratings that The King's Tale racks up on Good Reads. Interestingly enough, the two 3 star ratings also have written reviews.

After I read one of them, I lost all steam on my novella again. I can already forsee the handwriting on the wall, and this novella will get the same criticism as this reader offered. The criticism that they can't see into the character's minds.

So, I opened the last chapter I completed for my sequel to The King's Tale and immersed myself into the richness of that story. The depth of emotion displayed by the characters, the insight into why they are the way they are. Guh, it's a beautiful story (in my head anyway).

I feel like the "little old lady who swallowed a fly"...I'm impatient to publish something new. I was impatient when I rushed through Promises and Lies and in hindsight I realize it might have been wiser to have taken more time with that story. So, I'm adamantly "taking my time" with The King's Heart. Yet, I want to keep my name out there so I'm pushing this novella. Argh!

I guess at this point I'll wait for the beta reader, and go back to the patchwork quilt method I'm using on The King's Heart and hope that I don't lose any audience by making them wait.

I don't know, I think I'm just screwed. :(


Apr. 17th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm with Cooper. You're NOT screwed.

I know where you're coming from with the needing to have something else out there. I don't know how some writers can write so fast and produce x amount of novels/novellas in a short amount of time - I can't - RL gets in the way too much. Readers who love a book/series are not going to disappear because they have to wait. I have a few authors I'm waiting on/have had to wait for a next book, some of which have taken several years. Good things are worth waiting for as the saying goes.

And just remember whatever you write there is always going to be someone who doesn't like such and such - and others who love it. You can't please everyone all of the time but the important thing is that you're happy with it yourself.


Now, I just need to practice what I preach...
Apr. 17th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Ahhh...thank you...another shot in the arm :)

I do *feel* screwed though because I keep second-guessing myself all the time. Sheesh!

When I wrote this novella the first time (December 2009) I was in the midst of watching a bunch of authors churn out a bunch of books, and it seemed like they were writing them in a short amount of time so I thought I could do it too. But, it turned out I was wrong. I've been tinkering with it on and off ever since, and I finally got all the "ick" parts taken out of it, but now I'm just not sure if it's "good enough".

At least I have a week's vacation, and I've been working on my sequel all day, so that's good.

Thanks for your support...and listen to yourself! LOL!