I had originally planned to get Two Evils published around October 10th, because I wanted to have new material available for a planned giveaway at the end of the month. But there are indications that the giveaway may not be happening (such as the organizer not having said a word about it), so there's no longer a need for urgency. Plus, none of my beta readers are even close to being done with the book even though they've had it for nearly two weeks. Don't you hate it when things like work get in the way of doing something you enjoy, like reading?
As I no longer need to have the book published by the end of the month, I've given the betas another two weeks to read the book; they now have until October 15th to get back to me with their notes. My first real foray into the beta process has proven to be a little more frustrating than I thought it would be. Being that I'm not entirely fond of having to wait (I've been itching to start revisions on TE but have been doing my best to stay away from the file), I'm beginning to feel like this is simply not the way to go for me. I'm just not patient enough to have to wait weeks or a month for someone to get back to me with what they think about the story and what could possibly be made better. Don't get me wrong—I'm not putting down the use of beta readers by any means. I'm sure it works out most successfully for many writers. It just isn't for me. I think I'll stick with simply sharing scenes with a critique partner. That's worked out much better for me in the past.
So when is Two Evils going to be published? I've picked a date that I've been hoping to use for a long time—though I'd envisioned using the date for another book, extending the deadline for the betas made me realize I could use it for TE. I'm hoping that publishing on this date will be good luck for me and the book. What's the date?
You read that right, November 12, 2013 is the date that Two Evils will be available to the public. It's a date that comes along not only once in a lifetime, but once in a century! Not having to be published by the end of October not only gives the beta readers more time to read and make notes, it's also giving me more time to revise and format the book for e-book and print. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it also means I'll be able to make it available in both formats at the same time!
Next year, I plan to take advantage of another once-in-a-century date: 12/13/14. I have no idea what kind of book will be published, but the fun will be in finding out!