Nano Is Not For Editing

 

Inner Editor
Sorry inner editor Illisa, you’re going back in the drawer.

Oh man, I hate to admit defeat, but here I have to.

No! Not on Nano completely, just on the editing. 🙂

I can’t keep up with this whole going by the clock instead of how much you actually do thing.  The only reason I was able to do Nano the last two years is because I can let the brain loose and the fingers fly and pound out 1000 words in 20 minute word wars.

When you’re editing, it doesn’t matter how much you get done, you count an hour as 1000 words.

That being said, I have gotten a huge chunk of editing done and I’m going to need to keep up that pace in December. The book is still so far from being done that I’m going to have to do 1 to 2 hours of editing a day in December just to get it to possibility of being done by the end of the month and sent to the editor then betas.

Yes, this is the book I so naively thought would be ready to go by October.

I was going to do the 3 in 3 thing, where you put out the first 3 books in a series in 3 months or so. I was going to do Oct, Nov, and beginning of Jan. I’m still going to do something similar, but since I’m pushed back so far, I’m going to have to take a slightly different approach.

December is a horrible time to publish. All the big blockbuster books get released around end of November up until Christmas and everyone is buying those if they’re buying books for people, or they are buying other presents. They aren’t spending money on themselves.

Conversely, January is actually a good time for Indie because of Christmas. Everyone who got a Kindle, Amazon gift card, and/or Kindle Unlimited subscription for  Christmas goes onto Amazon to find stuff that’s free, cheap, and interesting so it’s a good time to put out deals and put stuff on sale.  I was going to have my third book come out in January and put the first up for 99 cents for a week to hook the bargain seekers.

The plan now, if I can get the damn thing done, is to publish the first book in January, second in March and third in April, because February is just a terrible month for trying to sell books. I really don’t know how a new book in a new series will do in January. It’s a good time to put out deals, but maybe not so much to put out new stuff. So I’ll have to see.

Unless I still don’t get my shit together in time for that deadline, in which case it’ll be pushed back to March.

Anyway, I went off on a tangent there. The point of the post is Nanowrimo is not for editing 🙂 It’s set up to get you to write, hopefully every day, to build the habit, and to get stuff out fast enough to bypass your inner editor (mine’s name is Illisa and yes, that is my drawing that looks like it was done by a 5 year old, and yes, I physically put her in a drawer when I’m writing a first draft) and pound out a workable rough draft. There’s word wars if competition gets your juices flowing, crawls if the create your own adventure type of thing works for you, and the push to create, not fix.

So I’m just going to finish editing in December and try like hell to write 35K in 12 days in the third book in the series to get it out.

This is my third year doing Nano. I’ve won twice now, but that’s hardly a streak, to get a streak going, ya gotta have at least four, can’t get there if you don’t hit the third.

So I’ve put Illisa back in the drawer, grounded myself from social media, and am going to write! 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Nano Is Not For Editing

  1. “When you’re editing, it doesn’t matter how much you get done, you count an hour as 1000 words.”

    Really? I’ve never seen this before, although it does help make sense of how some freelance editors can charge by the hour instead of by the word/page. (I’ve always thought that charging by the hour was unfair to editors if they work quickly and unfair to authors who hire them if the editors are slow.)

    February may be a bad time to bring out a completely new book, but if it’s the sequel, February may be a great time: many of the people who read the first book will be ready for the next one, and people who were interested in the first one but held off because they don’t trust a first-in-series novel without some evidence that the author will continue the series will see that there IS a next book, so they’ll be more likely to start reading the series.

    Personally, I think a lot of the “rules” about when to publish a book don’t apply to indies, or at least not nearly as much. January does seem like a good time to bring out a new e-book, for the reason you mentioned, but WHY is February considered a bad time? Is it just “everyone says books don’t sell as much in February” or something else?

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    1. No, no. The 1 hour is 1000 words has nothing to do with professional rates or anything. It’s just for Nanowrimo. General rule for that is 1 hour is 1000 words in your word count for the month.

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