Premature Publishing

There are so many places to go with this title - so little time.

Before I sink completely in the gutter, let’s talk about what it means to publish prematurely.

Blogging – I hate it when I get a post ready to go into my blogging hopper and I forget to set the schedule date.  The post appears before its time (for your amusement, you can imagine me banging my head against my desk in frustration).  I always have a purpose and a plan with my posts.  Yes, some posts are silly and others serious, but going into the blogosphere without a plan or good content is bad.
THE Manuscript/Short Story/Poem–  Coco Chanel famously said,

I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.

Our manuscripts, be they long or short, are our ‘date with destiny’.  It’s our job to make it as perfect as possible.  Sending out a writing project too soon has the potential of being detrimental to our writing career and our psyche.

There are many examples of premature publishing in the self-publishing and traditional publishing arenas. Cleverly marketed books can be a disappointment in the traditional path.   Time and attention to detail are the hallmarks of a great writer.  There is nothing worse than finding an interesting story, only to have it spoiled by grammar and punctuation mistakes, plot holes and other poor craftsmanship.

Have beta readers that you trust help your manuscript be as perfect as possible.  It makes the job of the agent, editor, publisher and consumer easier.

I’m working hard at fixing and prettying up my manuscript.  Who knows when I’ll meet destiny and we’ll begin a serious relationship.

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6 comments

  • You’ve presaged another of my upcoming posts! 😉 Fortunately, there are so many ways to go about it. And it’s a lesson we can never hear too often.

    Hopefully that meeting with destiny is soon – and will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship….

    • They do say that great minds think alike! 🙂 Can’t wait for yours.

  • My beta readers have literally saved my manuscript! The last reader fixed all my grammar errors – I owe her huge!

    • Absolutely, it’s nice to get a reminder when I’ve lost my mind.

  • Please don’t beat yourself up… We do the best we can and perfection is not required. 🙂

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