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  • Sunayna Prasad

Publishing When You Think You’re Ready, But Really Aren’t

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

I’ve had such a bad habit of publishing when I thought I was ready, but really wasn’t. Now I have a bunch of books on Amazon that are unavailable, but sadly, still listed because hardcopies stay on retail sites forever. Now I have given myself a rule to not publish paperbacks unless my reviews are great, not just good or decent. But that’s another post.


Before publishing my books, I have pre-tested them to see if they received satisfying reactions. They have. But after I published them, while many reviews were good, the overall ratings were not amazing.


That’s what you want when you publish fantastic, wonderful reactions. I’m not exaggerating. I’ve experienced receiving just good enough reviews. And believe me, they aren’t as satisfying as they sound.


It took me seven years to find my writing voice and for it to mature. I’ve had a habit of wanting to share my stuff with the world, even if it was no good. Now I’ve learned to hone and make my works the best they can be before letting anyone see them, unless it’s for editing or critique.


So, before you get excited about letting the world see what you’ve made, pre-test it with others, and see if the feedback is excellent. I mean that. If it’s only okay, you’ll regret your decision later. So, take your time with your ideas.

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Katherine Roberts Minthorne
Katherine Roberts Minthorne
Apr 24, 2022

Thanks for your wisdom! I have been working so much I haven’t been able to write a page let alone a book even though I have lots of ideas and passion to help others.

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therock_y2j
Apr 22, 2022

How about when you can't even get past the first page then your laptop dies??? Just scribbling on lots of lined paper.

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afropooh
Mar 20, 2022

thats some really sound advice

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DaWhiteWolffie
DaWhiteWolffie
Mar 17, 2022

Dang. I know publishing is hard, but sheesh. Sounds alot like the art world, too. Just because the work is good doesn't mean it will get much attention.

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Red Ridinghood
Red Ridinghood
Mar 06, 2022

I can't image being in this quandary but it seems like it could be a black hole if you aren't ready. I also believe that everything works out in the end.

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