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Updates, ideas, and thoughts from HIFI Press.


Written Things

Ideas, thoughts, and updates from HIFI Press.


 

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“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

― Douglas Adams


I haven’t posted a goddamn word to this blog in 2018. This year has turned out to be a mad rush to get The Joint of No Return published. As I missed one deadline after another, nearly everything else in my life had to take a seat on the sidelines. This blog was first to get benched.

But hey, I’m back!

The first hard deadline I set for myself was Feb 1st. That was around the time I discovered the book Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown & Dave King. Besides reserving a permanent slot on my Kindle, it showed me that the book I’d finished writing was in fact NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING FINISHED.

Fuck me, right?!

Right.

So rather than publish a turd on time, I opted to let the Feb 1st deadline whoosh by. I work in software, so I have extensive experience watching deadlines laugh as they pass me by.

I kicked myself in the ass, grabbed a second (and incredibly talented) editor, and started again at page 1.

No, actually, I started before page 1. After a riveting conversation with my 8yr old about how the first and last chapters of a book she’d read had captivated her, I knew I needed a better hook to kick the series off. So wrote two new chapters–one at the start of the book, and one at the end. Then, after finishing those, I got to work editing the entire book ONE MORE TIME.

The next deadline I set for myself was March 7th. My editor and I spent countless hours agonizing over the the book for the ninth time. Yes, you read that correctly, I rewrote the goddamn book NINE TIMES. I now understand why I’ve heard other writers say that once their book is published they never want to read it again.

And what did I get for that hustle? Well, I got to watch another deadline pass by!

March 7th came and went, and the book still wasn’t ready. I had to redo some final touches on the cover design with my cover designer. I had to do all the ebook formatting, marketing, beta reader group organization, launch prep. There was an undead list of tasks that relentlessly crept up on me. Just as I slaughtered one task, ten more would appear on the horizon, moaning and grasping for my brain.

I battled obstacle after obstacle. I scrounged every spare moment I could find to push the goddamn, sonofabitch, infuriating book forward to publication.  Finally, after a maddening three weeks, I published The Joint of No Return on Amazon on April 1st!

I couldn’t have done it without my beloved editor (& wife), my kids, my friends, lots of books, cheesy motivational youtube videos, Mark Dawson, David Gaughran, and lots of other people and things that I can’t remember right now.

So what’s next? Other than obsessing over the Amazon’s KDP Sales Dashboard, I’m starting the final rewrite of books 2 & 3 in the The Far Out Chronicles. I plan on pushing them towards publication as fast as I can.

For now, you can grab The Joint of No Return (The Far Out Chronicles #1) for FREE on Amazon until 4/25:

https://amzn.to/2JjS5c2

 
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Ok, enough rambling… time to get back to work!



 

Tom SadiraComment