The title of this post will date me, but that’s ok. I fell into the lack of patience trap as I got closer to publishing The Monster Within (TMW). Who wouldn’t be excited about hurrying up and publishing knowing that it’s so close? Part of it, at least how I justified it, was that I needed to figure out the websites and how to actually get the book loaded and how that all worked. So I started with Smashwords and submitted the book when it wasn’t 100% ready. I was still waiting for feedback from a couple of beta readers, and I still forged ahead and uploaded the book anyway. So when the last comments came in, I needed to make some revisions and re-upload.
By jumping the gun I had a version of the book available online that had some clunky sentences and typos in it. I’m a perfectionist so this of course made me crazy. But the lesson was learned. Once I fixed the necessary parts, I re-uploaded the book to Smashwords, had to wait for Smashwords review/approval, and then they pushed the updated version out to BN, Apple, etc.
In retrospect, after spending countless hours writing the book, what was a few more in waiting and getting the absolute best version of the book uploaded for distribution? My goal is quality, not quantity. I don’t want to write lots and write garbage. I want to write lots but produce quality reading…and to do this, I will have to frequently remind myself to be patient.
So stop goofing off reading posts and write!
photo from SXC.hu