As we come to the last couple days before sending our novel (“The Artifact: An Anthology”) to print, we are beginning to think about some of the paths we chose, and things we’ll do differently on the next project…
1) When the book is done, it’s not really done. Last minute third party endorsements, and emergency re-write, and art issues are just a few of the things that we didn’t factor in our initial time frame.
2) Outside influences always change. Fanlib, the entity that brought us together, closed down. It is also where we were doing the bulk of our communicating, so we had to find a last minute replacement for the fanlib forum.
3) The Little Details count. Small things can drag final editing out a day or more, such as single or 1.5 spaced lines, and which symbol do we use for paragraph breaks. Yeah, they seem small, but they do matter!
4) The weather has a hand in the book. When you all live across the country, and the web is your only form of communication, a storm that knocks out the internet for a day or two can really hurt!
The list will go on, but as you can see, there are always things you can’t plan on. And, for a schedule-freak like me, it can be very frustrating. I think I need some Rolaids. Uh, oh…is Rolaids a copywritten name? Can I use it in this blog? (Just another last minute issue that can come up!)
Part II tomorrow.