Preparing Ahead

Seems redundant.  So, what?  It’s the truth.  You are working on a book.  Aren’t we all?  As enthusiastic as you are, it’s not time to share everything you want to share…yet.  But that doesn’t mean you have to lock that enthusiasm away.

Sure, if you’re already published you have plenty of things to do.  You have to continue marketing your past titles while working on your new one.  But you have all this…enthusiasm.  It’s bursting to get out.  You can tease, you can share, but it’s not enough to sate the story that’s gnawing through your skin to get out into the world.

That’s a good thing.  Passion is good.

Energy waxes and wanes.  Sometimes we have to use it while we have it, which means using it before we’re really ready.  It means preparing now what you will need then.  Just because you prepare it, just because you have it, doesn’t mean you have to share it.

So, use that energy and enthusiasm to build up a stock of materials to use later.  We do it with storytelling all the time.  There’s no reason not to do the same thing with marketing materials.  Just hold it back.  Don’t share it all…not just yet.  You don’t want to promise what you can’t deliver, but you don’t want to waste that enthusiasm either.

About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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3 Responses to Preparing Ahead

  1. acflory says:

    I’ll sometimes share snippets of a WIP on my blog, but usually I prefer to keep a story to myself until I’m sure of it. Before starting this course I was working on two different storylines, alternating the two to keep myself fresh. With the enforced break of the last two months, my mind is seeing both in a different light, and I know there will be massive changes. Will people who’ve already read parts of those stories like those changes? I don’t know, but I do know they are necessary so all I can do is hope my earlier enthusiasm hasn’t created a hole from which I can’t extricate the story. 😦

    • Changes are usually good. Not always, but usually. Those moments of enthusiasm, though…sharing is important, but oversharing is a risk, too.

      Consider my early release of Hele and how much that has to change now. *shrugs* The best we can hope for is that we’ll learn from our mistakes.

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