No, I’m not talking about relationships. I’m talking about scheduling: setting dates and goals for yourself to get things done within a reasonable time frame. I just looked at my original time frame on where I wanted to be with my edit-in-progress, and according to that, the book should have been coming out next week!
Since I fell so far behind with all the rewrites, next week is wildly unrealistic. I should have revised this timeline a couple weeks ago, but I got caught up writing and pushed the thought of a publication date out of my mind because I knew I wasn’t going to make it according to my original plan.
Now that I’ve looked it over, it’s looking like mid-March. So, I’m going to say, somewhat firmly with a hint of tentativity (I like the sound of this better than “tentativeness”), Tuesday, March 19.
That means, I have to review and revise this sucker as many more times as it takes, including proof copies, until it’s perfect. Plus, I have to work on my marketing plan, keep up my blogging – which I’ll admit, has fallen off lately, and finally – this is the big scary part – keep up my social media interaction. Not to mention, settle on a title, blurb and excerpt. I do have the new cover design and I have a title I love, but I’m still not sure it fits. Either way, I need to finalize the title to put on it before I can broadcast the cover.
I know what you’re thinking: “she doesn’t have enough time for all that;” or maybe, “what’s the rush? why not take your time instead of rushing through?” The fact is: I do have time. I have plenty of it. I could have finished a third or fourth draft by now if I hadn’t been struggling with some motivation/procrastination issues lately. I’ve also been a little under the weather dealing with a few cold-like symptoms and some very unforgiving headaches that have set me back a bit.
In response to the second question, I could wait. I could take my time. But dawdling leads to procrastination, and procrastination leads to nevergonnahappen. I am extremely efficient when I put my mind to something – I just need to pull myself out of the procrastination spiral and get back on track.
The funny thing is, in spite of the procrastination, I can’t wait to share this book with you all! It’s a really wonderful story about friendship, success, failure, maturity, and self-discovery. I think you’ll really love the cover, too – I just have to finalize the damn title!
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