I’ve spent the past couple of weeks a tiny bit stressed. There’s a lot to do when you self-publish (as well as publish traditionally) two novels at once and it all seems to pile up at the end. Especially when you decide to start second-guessing yourself. I changed my covers at the last minute, wrote my blurbs, then rewrote my blurbs–even argued with my best friend over my blurbs–and rewrote them again and so on… I read through both books again (230,000 words total) on the hunt for more errors, even though they’ve already been edited. Twice. I also perused a couple of books on converting my manuscripts from word to html so they could be e-published, and then asked myself… What are you thinking? You still haven’t figured out how to add widgets to your blog. I pride myself on being a pretty decent writer, but techno-geek? Not so much. So I sent them off to someone who knows her stuff. I should get them back in a few days, but until then, I can relax. And get my nails done. And maybe clean my house.
So what’s the message in this slightly neurotic confession of a less than perfect control freak?
We live in an imperfect world and we all make mistakes. Strive for quality, but remember that perfection isn’t an attainable or even a worthwhile goal.
You can’t do everything yourself. Sometimes you have to back off and let someone who knows more than you do take over.
Reward yourself occasionally. For me, it was getting my nails done. It’s not a big splurge, but to sit in a chair for an hour and not have to think about anything or do anything was wonderful. She even massaged my hands. It was worth the 25 bucks just for that.
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