1. Welcome to the Fantasy Writing Forums. Register Now to join us.

Defeat by Deadline

Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Svrtnsse, Mar 8, 2020.

  1. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

    5,557
    2,659
    313
    Not everything is a success story.
    Today I had to cancel the pre-order of the tenth book in my series Lost Dogs. There was too much book left to write, and not enough time left to write it. It was a pretty tough decision to make, but the difficulty lay in the making, and not in whether or not to do it.
    The other option was to release an unfinished book, and that just wasn't going to happen.

    It feels a bit like failure to not be able to deliver the book on time, as I'd said I would, but I guess that's part of life.

    I believe the book will be better for it. I know I will be less stressed, and I think that in the bigger scheme of things, it won't be that big a deal - but it's still no fun. Sometimes, bad stuff happens, and we just have to deal.

    It's a life less, but one I wouldn't recommend.
     
  2. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

    6,873
    4,826
    313
    I hate writing deadlines. I haven't done pre-orders and don't plan on doing any. I might if it were for a book I'd completed, but that happy day has not yet happened.

    Anyways ... learning experience! (I can hear you grumble from clear over here <g>)
     
    Svrtnsse likes this.
  3. Pemry Janes

    Pemry Janes Sage

    315
    34
    28
    A pre-order for a book that hasn't been written yet? I don't think writing deadlines like that are a good idea. Some stories turn out to need more work than expected.
     
  4. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

    2,563
    1,578
    163
    I hate writing deadlines but they love me... so to speak. A hard deadline, if reasonable, is a great motivator for me. The trouble enters when life doesn’t give a crap that you have a deadline, heh heh.
     
  5. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

    5,557
    2,659
    313
    Totally a learning experience. Most of the grumbling about it is behind me now, though. It took quite a lot of time work up the resolve to pull my head out of the sand and admit it wasn't going to work out.

    It worked pretty well for me for the previous books, but it really only takes one bad link to break the chain, so to speak.
    Most of my books so far have been novella length, and I was able to meet the deadlines without too much trouble, so I was feeling pretty confident in myself. Life happened, though, and this book is going to be in the 80-90k word range, with a more complex story than the previous ones.
    I'll definitely try to avoid putting myself in this spot again. I know it's my own fault, but I still want to talk about it. Maybe it'll make someone else think twice before trying to do the same thing.

    True story. Life didn't care about my deadline, and neither did the story.
    The only one who really cared was me, and I decided it would be easier to bend than to break. ;)
     
    Demesnedenoir likes this.
  6. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

    2,563
    1,578
    163
    Trail of Pyres went 50k words over what I expected, that was my eye opener, heh heh.
     
  7. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

    5,557
    2,659
    313
    Most of my books aren't even 50k words when finished. :p
     
  8. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

    2,563
    1,578
    163
    Yeah I added a novel, heh heh. I was thinking 150k, maybe 160, ended up 207k.
     

Share This Page