Wednesday, October 5, 2016
It's time for. . . IWSG!
What is that?
Well, for those of you who don't know. . .the amazing founder of this awesome group, Alex J. Cavanaugh, says it this way:
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
A huge thanks goes to the super-duper co-hosts: Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley
This month brought a big reminder that nothing is ever sure in the world o' publishing. Even when contracts are signed, manuscripts edited and the promotion runs smoothly, there's still no guarantee that shiny book will ever hit the shelves.
Crazy? Gosh, yes.
But I've learned time and again that until the book is in your excitedly sweaty little hands, there's always the chance things won't work out.
So onward bound!
This month's question is: How do you know your story is ready?
My answer: You don't because it's never really ready.
Now, to back peddle a bit on that one. . . As a writer, I'll never find my work perfect. And I haven't run into any writers who have reached that heavenly state of certainty. But that obviously can't be the answer because our inner critics would be the death of all writers.
I consider a story ready:
1) When the deadline is reached, and I don't have any more time to edit and rewrite. Tick...tock...time is up! But this is the simple one.
2) When I run out of betas! Lol! Okay, not quite. I do my 1st draft, several rewrites and edits, and then send it out the door to my CPs. Then comes another round of edits. Maybe two. Maybe three? Off to 2-3 betas. More rewrites and edits. Off to the next round of betas. More rewrites and edits. Usually, I'll call it quits here and deem said story ready. Unless my gut is telling me otherwise. Then, I might be seeking 1-2 more betas to make sure.
That's my scheme....unless I change it. Which I do. Often.
And how about you? When do you know that your story is ready to hit the world?