From prior experience as an associate editor, I knew the publishing process isn’t quick, but I could always sit back and wait for other folks to finish their parts of the project — proofing, typesetting (text formatting), cover art and design, and so on — while I moved on to editing other novels.
As an independent author, however, all those steps rely on me or on folks I hire on or harass until they give in. (Well, not harass. Exactly.)
One such person is Suzan Troutt, who has been stepping beyond her usual artistic and fiscal endeavors to take pity on a friend and design a book cover. She did the original artwork, as well.
Below is the latest incarnation, still featuring Scur Dragonking’s eye:
Once the final decision is made about the cover, the only holdup is me and my learning curve. I still need to compose the summary and the author bio, and compile the table of contents. That’s all for the e-book; there will be back cover artwork and a few other items for the paperback edition, coming later.
George Lucas once said in an interview about the remaking of Star Wars that in the film industry, projects were never finished; only abandoned. What he meant by this was that at some point in the creative and revision process of polishing a story, you have to stop and show it to the world. Let your baby walk and stand on its own.
This is a big step for all beginning writers and many will freeze. Terrified at the idea of failure or censure, they end up sabotaging their own work. If you’re emotionally or psychologically not ready for the consequences of getting published, then you will falter, procrastinate, forever fuss over your creations and convince yourself that it isn’t ready. In truth, it’s you who aren’t ready.
Gotta confess. That’s me.
Procrastination doesn’t afflict only rookies. Writing, in one form or another, has been a part of my life since elementary school — essays, interviews, freelance newspaper articles, book reviews, poetry, short stories — but this is the first one of my novels has dared show itself to the world. What should have happened in July is still unfinished in October. My goal is to overcome any self-inflicted setbacks and get this thing published by the end of the month.