Forgive me my lack of entries. Between kids, a job and editing, most of my time has been taken up. I will endeavor to add entries much more quickly in the future. Today I want to discuss deadlines and release dates; a subject I'm far too obsessed with right now. My first story is done, with the exception of a final pass through. I will be releasing it on March 10. At that point, it's no longer my own and I will face all that comes with publishing a debut novel.
There is one thing I should mention when you come up on your own deadlines. If your story is not ready, don't force it. The only thing worse than missing a deadline is releasing a book that's not ready for consumption. I'd rather disappoint my readers with a two-week delay than disappoint them with a crappy book. One they can forgive, the other, not so much.
So remember, in your excitement to release a book, make sure it's ready. Read it over and over again. More importantly, have others look it over for mistakes and typos. You don't have to be Hemingway as a writer. Most of us aren't. You don't even have to be an English major. If you can tell a good tale, it will make up for a ton of flaws. But what you should never do is release a book that's riddled with errors. That is within your control. Don't rely on spell check, rely on other people. You'll be glad that you did.