My Monday Cup of Tea (ehm Cocoa): Pre-Publishing Blues
It’s Pentecost today, and I feel more down that I have in quite a while. Everything related to “Paralan’s Children” is ready to go. I even managed to get a few people to request a pre-publication copy for reviewing (if you want one please contact me at reviews_at_katharinagerlach.com, replace _at_ with @), and now I feel drained. All energy seems to be gone. When I look at the amount of work that still needs to be done for the next few books (I’ve got two more novels and several short stories lined up for publication this year, plus an anthology for Holly Lisle), I wonder how other small publishers manage. Don’t they have a life?
I know this feeling will pass (especially when I manage to sleep some more), but at the moment I’m feeling blue. I hope you are feeling better. Please let me know what brings you down in the comments.
The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time unlike, say, brain surgery Robert Cormier
I love this quote because it describes my favorite part of noveling: revision. Revision is the time when I turn my broken first draft into something I can be proud of. It is the time to see what I have learned during my last project, too. It’s surprising to see how many things I learn while writing first drafts, but I never notice them before revision. It’s also the stage where I get to fiddle around with cover art. Since I’m Indie publishing all the creative (and the boring) stuff is up to me. Three hoorays for independence.
I had meant to publish my next novel “Paralan’s Children” next week. Unfortunately, I fell ill last week and struggled a lot with keeping up to date with all the stuff that needs to be done. Therefore I decided to push publication back for another week or two.
I’m really sorry I have to do that, but it’s better to publish a good product a little late than rushing things and doing a sloppy job.
This quote is from one of my favorite films (a hilarious parody on Space Operas like Star Trek), and it motivates me every day. It helps me when I don’t get everything done in the time frame I wanted to do it in, or when I get ill and think I will never get up again. Most of all, it helps me when my kids become troublesome (which isn’t unusual if you’ve got two girls in puberty).
I might get down, but this quote always reminds me that I will find a way to make things work out again, if only I trust my own abilities.
I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business. Michael J. Fox
In the same vein as last week’s quote, this one tells us to stop setting ourselves unreachable goals. It took me a long, time to realize that my stories, my household, not even I myself have to be perfect. Of course, I strive to make everything as good as I can, I try to excel, but I’m no longer thinking I can be the perfect author, the perfect mother, the perfect wife and the perfect housekeeper all at once. It’s liberating to say the least, and my eBooks, my household and my family are still getting the best I am capable of giving. I just don’t feel guilty for not being perfect any more.
An imperfect plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. General George Patton
Usually, I wouldn’t read a biography about anyone connected to war. My preferred genres are fantasy and historical novels, but I made an exception for General Patton. My husband practically begged me to read at least part of it. The most interesting facts I found were about Pattons wife, but that’s not the point of this quote.
For me, Patton’s words mean that it’s better to start working on your dream immediately than to wait for the time that’s right. There is no such thing. I can only make my dreams come true if I work on them constantly, sometimes for a very long time. So, better get started asap. 😉
The quote doesn’t mean I can’t try to make my novels as perfect as I can get them. It just tells me to quit fiddling with it at some point and send it out into the world. In that sense, get going on your dream.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. Paul Valery
What Valery is trying to tell us is that you need to take action. No one is going to discover me and my books if I never write and publish them. How can I become a famous author if I don’t have any books for readers to discover?
I dream of readers who love my books and who’ll rave about them to their friends, so I’ve begun to publish the stories that float through my head. Of course, I can’t write half as fast as I can dream them up, but I’m trying my best. What are your dreams? What action steps can you take to make them come true?
My Monday Cup of Tea (ehm Cocoa): hickup in the German social security system
During the last two weeks, my life exploded once more. My middle girl broke her thumb and we spent endless time at doctors. I’m very grateful for the German health-care system (all expenses were paid by an insurance), but the bureaucracy that goes with it drove me nuts.
My daughter broke her thumb on a school outing, therefore, my normal insurance doesn’t have to pay. There is a special insurance for accidents that happen during publicly funded events (like school outings), but they insist on using specially appointed doctors. Unfortunately, not many of those live around where I live, so we had to drive for quite a while before we found one. I’ve got a whole folder with an x-ray and written reports from all the docs we saw, and I’m mightily fed up. Unfortunately, the thumb is not healing the way it should, so I expect to spend more time driving around. Sigh.
That said I’m still on track with my projects. In a few days, I’ll announce the upcoming publication of the print-book of “Scotland’s Guardians”, and soon after, I’ll let you know which title will be published next and when. I hope you’re all mighty curious. 😉
This time, I’m posting a picture (1000 words and all that). You can see how true the words are if/when you get the chance to see how much I sweat to learn all about marketing. *grin*
I don’t know how to attribute this picture correctly. I don’t have the copyright for it, and the link on Pinterest sends me to a private page on Facebook. I’m terribly sorry, because I’d love to give credit to the one who took this picture and merged it with one of the greatest quotes I’ve come across. If you’re the one responsible, please contact me so I can put up a link to your site.
Remember that working independently means working on your own all the time.
If I did not learn something new every day I was dead but too stupid to lie down.
I got this quote from a forum I’m participating in, but I love it. As I confessed before, I’m freakish enough to really like learning. I once read a book where kids could insert Computer chips in a slot on the back of their heads and then, the knowledge would download automatically to their brain. I guess I’d download the whole library and still that wouldn’t be enough. The thing I would miss, though, is the delight I feel when I find things out for myself. The facts I have worked hardest for are the ones I remember best. What about you? Did you hate school or was there some itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny grain of knowledge that interested you? Let me know in the comments.