When do you stop working on old work?
I want to finish my novels and get them out to readers. That is the whole point of being a writer, right? But first, I want to get each novel perfect enough so that I can hire a proofreader for a final polish (instead of a copy editor, which would cost too much). The cost of a proofreader is enough so that I can only do it once per novel, at least until I have a better income, so each novel needs to be in its final state before the proofread. By monkey around with it afterwards I’ll just add back in the errors.
I started the book I’m currently rewriting thirteen years ago. Obviously, I’ve grown as a writer since then, thus the rewrite. This seems like a ridiculously long time to write a novel. It is true I’ve written a lot of other things since then, but still. Enough is enough.
But what is enough?
During this new rewrite I think I found an answer.
I think I’m done with a novel or a project when I say what I want to say. This means I need to know what I want to say and how I want to say it. I think I’ve finally been able to find those two things. I think it may have taken me up until this point in my life to find my voice.
Here is to hoping.
What do you think of this?
Guest post by John. R. Clark, Managing Editor at AgeView Press
When AgeView Press Indie pubbed the book FLYING SOLO in May of 2012, the author, Jeanette Vaughan immediately began tracking sales. She heard from excited friends and family who immediately emailed when ordering their copies. The first sales were off of Createspace’s e-store with the title ID number given to the author. Then, through Amazon, a week later, when the book went live on the site. Finally on Kindle, when the ebook format was completed.
Initially, things appeared kosher. People exclaiming that they had ordered the book, were showing up within a day or two on the electronic royalty reports with a reasaonable accuracy. But by June and July, sales descrepencies were noted by the author from customers claiming that they had purchased the book directly through Amazon, not an Amazon affiliate. Many of these sales were simply not listed.The author contacted…
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