Let It Go
Welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’re talking about the time to stop writing and admit your book is done. Yes, we’re going to the stick a fork in it and call it done discussion, because far too many first time authors have no idea on when that happens.
All authors are loath to stop writing their book. They’re always questioning characterization, is there enough narrative to support the dialogue, have they info dumped when it wasn’t necessary, and mostly have they given the reader a satisfactory ending.
Yes, even I suffer this syndrome and I will soon release my eighty-fourth book. See, that’s my cure for thinking there is more to the story. I finish book and while waiting on my editor, or because I have some free time, I start on a new book or the next story in a series. But that wasn’t always the case. My first book, Softly Say Goodbye, had me going over and over the edits, muttering about things not being right, bugging my editor about should we add this and that. She assured me I had a fabulous book and to stop worrying, or better yet, get to work on the next one. That was the best advice I ever received.
Over the years, I have evolved my desire to dive right into my next book and am now dividing that time between developing a new story and improving my promotional techniques in addition to seeking out new places to place my books, so I can find new readers. To say that to me, writing is a full time job is a major understatement.
That is what you, the new author, must learn. You have completed your first book. It’s in the hands of a very capable editor. Now is the time to develop your promotional strategy, to start a new book, and search for events where you will shine, because you believe you are an author and therefore, so must everyone else.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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