In spite of my best efforts I will not be able to maintain my initial deadline date to have Journey through Darkness published in April. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, self-publishing a novel is expensive and that often causes many delays. The book is currently caught up in the editing process, and many authors can agree that this process is often the most difficult part of publishing. It’s a series of back and forth correspondence: emails and phone calls at odd hours of the morning and evening. I have spent many weekends reading and analyzing the book… and of course finding more errors and problems.
I think what has been most frustrating is not having much time to write. I have spent the past six months networking to create a buzz around the book, but I rarely have time to sit down and just write. I usually spend a full day at work and my evenings are spent with my two-year old or school.
However, yesterday I wrote for five hours, the longest session I’ve had all year, and it was the greatest feeling. I was in the zone without any interruptions…just me, my computer, and a beautiful storm to set the right mood. Writing the first chapter is always the hardest for me, but yesterday I accomplished that with Journey of the Damned. So… I guess I have made some progress.
Self-publishing is definitely teaching me new levels of patience.