abiatarfestus | May 5, 2021, 7:25 p.m.
Hey there! I’m back with the last part of the three-part series on the journey of Patience. It’s just over a month since I published Patience, and I should say the support has been great. So let just take this moment to thank everyone who has gotten themselves a copy of Patience. Thanks a lot to everyone who has given me feedback and everyone who has spread the word. It means a lot to me.
Just a quick reminder to those who wish to read this book that it’s still available for N$150-00 (or N$120-00 if you subscribe to this very website). By the way, if you’d like an ebook version of Patience, you can also get it from iBookstore, Lulu, or even on this very website. The ebook costs about a hundred bucks.
Marketing aside, let me move to the main talking points for this post. As promised in previous posts, I’m going to share with you some of the lessons I’ve learnt through working on Patience, and also give you a hint of what’s in the pipeline. So let’s get right into it, shall we?
Throughout this whole process of publishing a book, from the inception of the idea to the time I hand over a book to a reader, there are so many lessons I’ve learnt. Every stage along the way taught me something. There might be a lot of other people out there who think of writing a book and wonder what it takes to do so. A lot of it is really what I’ve discussed in my previous two posts. So here I just want to summarise some of those points, which might be useful to any aspiring writer.
It’s difficult, but that’s fine. . .
One of the challenges with writing is that it can really be difficult, and for many budding writers that can be daunting enough to make one quit. Since I started writing, there had been many times when I thought of quitting. One of the reasons for such negative thought was that I realised writing is difficult.
When I find something difficult to do, I’ve always thought those who did it probably found it very easy. I thought authors find writing a very easy thing to do. Apparently that’s not the case. I know a lot of people draw inspiration from [famous] quotes. Man, and it’s really become a nuisance of WhatsApp status!
But truth be told, there are really some quotes and sayings that can make a difference in how you think and see things. If you’re reading this and you’re an aspiring writer experiencing trouble writing, just know that–for what it’s worth–Joseph Heller once said “Every writer I know has trouble writing.”
Internet makes life easier. . .
As a writer you’ll need to read a lot as much you’ll be writing a lot. Good books are a good investment, but unrestricted access to internet is even better.
The internet abounds with free information that will help you along the way. Alright, everyone knows that…But let me just say this: If you have some cash to spare, an investment in a basic subscription for unlimited internet at home will do you a lot of good. It will not only give you easy access to free resources but will also give you access to email, which you should use quite a lot for communication, and cloud storage to regularly back up your works.
Perhaps the only downside to having unlimited access to internet is that it can be such a big distraction to writing, if you have self-control issues.
Help is just a request away. . .
When you feel like you need support of any kind, don’t shy away from asking. There are lots of people who are willing to support and help you. Just look around for help. I had a lot of people who helped me along the way, sometimes in ways I never imagined.
But as much as you will get a lot of this support for free, also be prepared to make some investment and spend on things that are very critical to your project, things like editing and designing. I was lucky to get some free editing on Patience, but for my next project, I’m sure to spend some hard cash on editing.
Save by learning. . .
Writing [a book, in particular] involves a lot of processes (e.g., manuscript critique, line editing, copyediting, manuscript formatting, cover designing, etc.). All these things could be done by a paid professional. But you could save a few bucks by learning how to do some of these things yourself (in particular manuscript formatting and cover designing), very important if you’re working on a shoestring budget. There are lots of free resources on internet that will guide you on how to do it.
And finally. . .
Don’t ever let the borders restrict you! Get it from me; things can be very expensive or unbelievably slow in Namibia. For example, the two quotations I received from local printers for printing Patience were each at least two times more expensive than printing in and shipping from South Africa. The third quotation…I’m still waiting for it. So don’t let the borders of the country restrict you; go beyond the borders and see if you can get a better deal. And getting all this information is just a click away. All you need to do is proper research on the legitimacy of the service provider and all costs involved.
What’s next after Patience?
With all the lessons learnt from Patience, now it’s a little easier to move on to the next project. The good news is that this project is already underway. I’m currently making the first revision of the draft. In a week’s time or so, it should be ready for beta readers to do critique. If you’d like to be informed when the draft is ready for beta reading and for your chance to participate in this process, make sure to subscribe to my mailing list if you’ve not already done so.
That’s it for now! Until then, keep reading and keep writing!