Tough, Tough Decision

Boy, this is a hard post to write. I’ve written it five times, five different ways. I guess the best way to say what I want to say is to just come out with it.

So, here it goes.

I’ve come to the conclusion I’m not quite ready to publish.

My goodness… that hurts a little to say aloud. No. It hurts a lot.

It’s not an easy decision to make. The thought of becoming a published author is so exciting and wonderful. However, when it comes down to it, it’s not about me, it’s about the story. The story and characters need more work, and as a writer, so do I.

Just so it’s clear, my publisher is behind me 100%, and they are more than willing to make a November release date happen. They’ve been nothing but encouraging and helpful and I’m so very thankful they’re giving me the time I need.

This was my decision and it comes down to me making sure the story I put out is the best story possible. I know, I know… it seems like I’ve been working on this for a long time, and well, I guess I have. But I can’t ignore what’s right in front of me while editing, which means I need to pay attention to what my gut is telling me.

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It’s pride-crushing to admit this. To say, “I’m not good enough yet,” is difficult, but it’s the truth. I’d rather retreat from a release date, and continue to work on my characters and story, than to put something out there I’m not fully proud of. You, the reader, wouldn’t like that either. I’d rather disappoint on this side of the coin than on the other.

I’ve asked my publisher to push the release date to next year. Since it’s a holiday book, it’ll be next November. Yeah, it makes me sad to say that, but it’s the right thing to do.

I know this is disappointing to those who’ve expressed excitement about reading my book, and for that, I apologize. Please know I’m doing this so you’ll be a fulfilled and satisfied reader. I take that seriously.

So, there ya have it. Tough, tough decision.

Onward and upward!! Here’s to learning, growing, and becoming better at this craft I love so much!

Until next time…

12 Comments

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12 responses to “Tough, Tough Decision

  1. Amy, good for you! You have made the brave decision to put it off and to post about it shows the level of that bravery. You ARE a writer! A good writer who cares about the craft makes this kind of decision. Others might let their ego push forward now. Work hard and stay true to the voice developing within you. I’m confident it will get you there.

  2. Judy ezell

    You are your own best critic Amy and therefore you will know when it is time. I’m no critic at all or writer but I love to read what others have written. You are an awesome writer of your blog and I love following you. Not because I love you but because you are more than good with the written word. I believe you have made a brave and challenging desision. And of course the right one as well. We your followers are happy to wait for you to put your final and finest touch on your best seller!!!!!

  3. Listen to that inner voice. It’s always right sweets.

  4. wallacecass

    There’s nothing wrong with delaying a book if you feel you need more time to polish it up. You’ll know when the time is right. Art is never finished, only abandoned. Ever Forward, Bud. 🙂

  5. That inner voice is what makes the difference, and your gut feeling is always right! Make this your best work…and reap the rewards when the right time comes x

  6. “Pride crushing”? No way. With your commitment to quality you have proven you are truly dedicated to craft. Unfortunately, most are not and publish with the click of a button. Therefore, I cannot wait to hear more from you. Don’t beat yourself, just move forward. It took me several years to publish my novel, and the wait was worth it. Keep that champagne chilled because you’ll have a great celebration in the future.

  7. This shouldn’t be pride-crushing. It takes strength to realize something like this and to take the necessary action. It could mean all the difference in your long term success as a writer. You’re on the right road!! Hugs!

  8. M.G. Miller

    With guts, insight and determination like this, that book is going to be fucking fantastic.

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