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The Mid-Revise Meltdown

Its 8pm on a Sunday night. I’ve been in front of my computer since 2pm. I’m revising my short story collection at the moment. My goal for the afternoon was to apply the last changes to the revised manuscript. I finished that task, and then decided to do a final readthrough of the whole book (its a very short book). As it turned out, I ended up making some significant changes to the first story in the book.

Everything was going well. I was excited. The afternoon wore on, and time started running out. Before I knew it it was dinnertime. Panic set in, as well as a looming sense of incompletion. By 8pm, I was in tears.

I despise the incomplete nature of writing in general. I hate stories being in pieces. A big idea or change is exciting at first, but then the impact if that change, and the state of incompleteness it leaves the story, is often traumatizing for me. I’m clearly in the wrong game.

No matter how amazingly transformative to the story these big changes are, I don’t handle them very well. Especially when its to a book I’ve previously finished and published. I feel like I’m pulling apart something that is perfectly complete. The perfectionist in me HATES that.

And then I feel scared that in trying to make the book better, I’ve actually made it worse.

This revise has been on my to-do list for months. I haven’t raced to do it. I’d much rather be working on something fresh and new. But the book needs a revise, and I want a book I can feel truly confident about.

I’m trying to sprint through this, whilst also doing a thorough job. But like the process of writing a book, the revise is a marathon, NOT a sprint.

After a few tears, I have reviewed my efforts for the day. I listed the small accomplishment of the day: I got the changes made to the last few stories in the collection. That is what I set out to do, and I did it.

When undertaking such a big task as writing or revising a story, its so important to recognize the little achievements. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when the end seems so far off.

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UPDATE: PSA Aussie authors using Createspace/Kindle Direct Publishing

So I got a response from KDP Support about ordering author copies, and readers ordering books to Australia.

Proof and author copies are no longer be able to be shipped to Australian addresses. The reason being, to remain compliant with changes to the GST law in Australia, they’ve changed the way KDP authors in Australia access their books on Amazon. Authors can purchase retail copies of their paperbacks at full price through a Global Store option on amazon.com.au. These changes do not affect the ability to continue to list your books on their international sites or have them shipped to eligible non-Australian addresses.

Looks like I might be heading to IngramSpark…

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PSA Fellow Aussie Authors

Ahhh the Amazon saga continues *sigh*

If you have published books through Createpace and have not yet moved them/had them automatically moved across to KDP, it might be a good idea to order some printed copies from Createspace prior to the move. I’ve just tried to order author copies but was unable to because deliveries ‘cannot be made to Australia from the US store’

Apparently it is still possible for authors and readers in Australia to order books from the US Amazon store, it just requires some communication between the author and Amazon’s support team. I’m waiting to hear back about the next step, but the responses I’ve received have been prompt and helpful in the past. I’ll update when I know more.

I just don’t want other Aussie authors to get stuck unexpectedly, especially when you’ve got upcoming events you need stock for!