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09 April 2015 @ 03:29 pm
writer alarm: engage!  

So I’ve been looking into what’s necessary for submitting self-published books to major review sites (RT, PW, etc) and the answer is primarily “a long lead time.” Several months. Four, for RT, ideally four but 3 is bearable, for PW.

Which means if I want to get REDEEMER in for a late October launch, just post-Octocon, I have to have it written and edited by 21 June.


Written, yes, it will be written. But *edited*? Like to the editor, returned to me, and revised? That seems…unlikely!

I mean, I’m gonna go for it, obviously. I’ll try to do it. And it struck me that of course I can always *delay the general release*, it doesn’t *have* to come out immediately following Octocon, it’d just be *nice*, and it’ll obviously be out to backers well before that, but holy beans, this is a side to Official Self Publishing I hadn’t wrangled with before.

I’m pretty sure I could get the whole thing done by 21 June if I didn’t also have MAGIC & MANNERS revisions to do and the rest of Easter break to deal with (not to mention this Amazingly Snotty Cold), but since the start date for writing REDEEMER is around the 20th or the 27th, it would take some truly amazing work to get it done *that* fast. And it’s true that I’m amazing, but I don’t know if I’m *that* amazing. :)

I guess we’ll see how that whole Thorough Synopsis thing goes. :)

Speaking of MAGIC & MANNERS, I have great hopes of getting the *completed*, revised, copyedited, etc, book to backers at the end of the month, although that may be…a little ambitious. Mid-May is probably more likely, but again, I’m gonna go for May 1. Because that would be satisfying and they have been patient and yeah.

I love all you guys. <3 :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Alix (Tersa): Kitties--brotherly love (tersa)tersa on April 9th, 2015 03:32 pm (UTC)
♥ you, too!
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on April 9th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
Love you too!

I'm randomly curious. Do you find it more stressful to have deadlines due to backers or traditional publishers? Or is it less? Or differently stressful?
kitmizkit on April 9th, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)
It's...actually, now that I've got all the production team lined up and there's no additional stress wondering how I'm going to manage copy edits (or whatever) it's actually pretty much the same. I feel equal responsibility toward the deadline, regardless of for whom it is set, it seems. :)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on April 9th, 2015 09:19 pm (UTC)
We are here to cheer you on.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on April 10th, 2015 10:37 am (UTC)
Interesting! :)