Obsession & the Pursuit of Perfection in Self-Publishing

by | Apr 5, 2019

“Obsession & the Pursuit of Perfection in Self-Publishing”. I admit the title of this post is a little heavy and foreboding.

Here’s a less-ominous subtitle:

  • “I set a release date for my book and I fully expected to have the writing, editing, and formatting finished on time. But then an intriguing Villain showed up. A Moral Dilemma arose. The Plot Thickened. The number of characters was trimmed so as not to overwhelm readers. AND I changed the release date for MAGIC REDEEMED from May 9 to June 6, 2019.”

PHEW!

MAGIC REDEEMED is the final book of my first Urban Fantasy trilogy. Book one sprang out of a conversation where an author I admire said, so clearly, “Write what you love to read.” I love to read about magic. Especially about everyday magic, the kind that exists in the natural world all around us.

I love to write about characters who’ve lived a bit, a good three decades or more. Ones who might have relationships, marriages, divorces behind them, and children or other family members in their lives. Characters who have more adventures than they can imagine lying ahead.

One of the things I have loved most about writing and self-publishing the story of Calliope is the friends and family that have shown up to populate her world as the story unfurled. I’m a ‘pantser’, a writer who doesn’t plan out an entire book or series before sitting down to write. Though now that I am three books in, with a handful of novelettes drafted AND ideas for the next trilogy percolating, I just might be inspired to start plotting.

Changing the release date of MAGIC REDEEMED was easy on most retailers, including Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Changing the release date with Amazon means I am now in Amazon Purgatory. I won’t be able to put any future books on ‘Pre-order’ over there for one year.

Seems a very small price to pay for waiting to release a book when I feel, and know, and believe, the story is truly ready to be out there, in readers’ hands.

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