PJ Sharon here with your Tuesday dose of writerly advice. DON’T PROCRASTINATE! If you’ve got something that needs doing, take a page from “Earl,” and “get-er-done.”
I’m generally not known to be a procrastinator, but when the to-do list becomes a bit…let’s say…unwieldy, it’s easy to let things slide. With my next book, SAVAGE CINDERELLA out this Thursday, I’ve been flat out with last minute details and will readily admit that I’ve dropped a few balls. Things like this blog post, which I am speedily writing at 11:30 P.M. after spending the past four and a half hours with my husband, formatting and uploading my book to the KDP Select program through Amazon (more on that when I guest blog this Saturday at Jennifer Fusco’s MOD site).
Oh, yes. Do you remember me talking last week about Proofreading? You were all so quick to praise me about my process and how diligent I was. Ha! After both my editor and I went through the proof copy yet one more time, I made final edits and uploaded to Create Space yesterday. Tonight, while formatting for Kindle, my husband found an interesting error. I have two chapter twenties. I know! Right? Didn’t I have a similar problem with my first book? How could I miss that again? It’s not like the chapters are duplicated. It’s just the heading “Chapter 20” two chapters in a row. Since my DH found the error, it won’t be in the Kindle version, but there will be fifty copies of the book that have this quirky little detail that will make those rare copies…uh…collectibles.
Speaking of CreateSpace, it usually takes them twenty-four hours to approve my upload and then I can either order another proof, or bypass that step and order copies, which I did. I was informed today that my hardcopies won’t arrive until next Tuesday. I was like…um…noooo. I need them this Thursday. You know—the 15th—release day? Not that anyone is pounding my door down waiting to get their hands on a signed copy, but I expected to have them, and I like to be a woman of my word. It’s not going to happen. Apparently, just because I can get a proof copy in three days, doesn’t mean the final print copies can be done that quickly. Somehow I forgot that minor detail between now and last December when I published my previous book. Sigh…
So it’s down to the wire and I’m waiting to hear back from KDP that all went well with my upload to the select program. I’m anticipating that the book will go live just in time for my release date, but I hate to jinx it by assuming anything at this point. I’ll try to stay positive and remind myself that in the big picture of life, all these details are merely flies in my Chardonnay. I’ve learned to measure everything on a brain tumor scale of life. It keeps me sane and grounded when all hell is breaking loose around me and nothing seems to be going as it should.
As for the Procrastination Monster (the ugly third cousin of the Doubt Monster), he has bitten me in the butt yet again. I’ve missed the submission deadlines for the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, which is rolling up on me like a bowling ball on a center pin. I’m hoping someone there will take pity on me and let me submit the things I signed up for. It’s my first time there and I haven’t found their website to be very author friendly or easy to negotiate. Or maybe that’s just me. I’ve had a lot on my plate lately.
How about you guys? Have you been procrastinating? Meaning to send out those queries? Start that exercise program? Please make me feel better and share your latest battle with the Procrastination monster.