Less than a month ago I was waist deep in muck. Not the kind that sticks to your boots when you’re deep in the North Woods.
This kind of muck was more figurative. I’d been given a short timeline to complete edits on a story. Well, not really edits but a complete re-write. I turned it in only to be welcomed by more rewrites a few days later.
This went on for what seemed like a week with each interaction between the editor and myself coming closer and closer. By the time it was over, my head was spinning and I wasn’t even sure if the story I’d written was the one I’d intended from the start.
I was waist-deep in the muck of publishing chaos.
I asked a friend if every experience was like this and she said, “No.” I believed her but I also wondered if as a newbie writer things just might be different or this was a sign of things to come.
A manager at the printer tried to explain to me there were too many variables to expect everything to be error-free.
I didn’t believe him then. But, boy, do I believe him now. Nothing is standard anymore. And no one really knows what for sure will happen next. Like the rewrites of the past month, I expect becoming an author is going to be a chaotic mess for awhile.
So, if you’re moving along the same path as me, don’t expect –
The best way to manage is to go with the flow as best as you can. Wade through the muck one step at a time and make the decisions that work best for you.
Abbi is still on Twitter -- @abbi_wilder -- because she couldn't give it up for 2013. She will be blogging from her new website: www.abbiwilder.com as soon as she can find a way to control the chaos.