I remember being 37 weeks pregnant and eager to give birth. Tired and big as a whale, I just wanted the baby out of my body. Yet, my baby just refused to be rushed.
One of the fun things I do at writers conferences is provide consultations to attendees. At a recent conference, I was consulting with a pair of authors who were bent on having their indie published book available for sale within four short weeks.
The pair had just finished a final run-through of the manuscript. The interior of the book was not yet laid out, nor did they have a final cover copy.
“What’s the rush?” I asked them. The response was that they had already sent out press releases announcing that the book would be coming out.
I then asked the authors if they had had any responses from their press release. The response was “No.”
I told them that if they did not have any responses from the press release, they could just move forward as if they had never sent it out. This way, they could have more time to make sure their manuscript and cover were in top shape, and they could develop a book launch plan—which they had not yet done (other than send out press releases).
One of the authors remained adamant. “We can’t change the on-sale date (also known as the book release date), the press releases have gone out.”
I tried to gently explain to this author that if they had received no response from their initial press release blast, that it was highly unlikely that anyone would notice that they changed their on-sale date. I educated these authors that, due to the number of press releases that media personnel are inundated with, it often takes more than one contact for them to notice a press release. I attempted to educate the pair on the Rule of Seven (which I have previously written about on this blog).
Rarely is there a reason to “rush” a book to press. Take your time. The following elements should be firmly in place before you choose the date your book will release.
- Your manuscript has been edited, proofread, and professionally laid out.
- A beautiful cover design has been selected.
- Beta readers have reviewed the book.
- You have a website and a social media presence for the author/book.
- Endorsements for the book have been secured.
- You have a comprehensive marketing plan in place.
- You have built and are continuing to build anticipation for the release of the book.
I know that your book is your baby. As you near the end, your desire to have the finished product increases. However, just like a baby in the womb, your book needs to complete its gestation period so that the final product is ready to thrive outside the incubation vessel.
Don’t let your eagerness to see your book in print or your excitement about your book’s impending publication run ahead of your preparedness.
Remember: “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Don’t rush, take your time. Your book will be better for it.
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