The building blocks of publishing

We have all been involved in one project or another at some point in our lives. And these projects take many forms – a school essay, a report, a business plan, visiting a children’s home, publishing a book or constructing a house. As you can attest, such a project was either a joy or it bogged you down like forever. Well, moving forward in the conduct of future projects, there are some pointers you can observe to ensure that you complete your project successful and with minimum hustle.

Advance thinking
Advance thinking calls for seeing the bigger picture – the goal at the project’s end. For example, in case of publishing a book, the bigger picture could be you, the author, at a book signing as your dedicated readers line up to have their copies autographed. Else, having it stocked in all the major bookstores in your region or, in the age of digital publishing, having it as a bestseller on Amazon’s Kindle. Concretising the bigger picture gives you the will to tackle the grit as well as the mundane towards your project’s completion.

Be prepared
Once settled on the bigger picture, you have to prepare adequately for the execution of your project. Sticking to your soon-to-be-published book, the execution of the project is the drafting, the rewriting, the editing, the design, the printing and the distribution of the published book. And the tools for this could include notebooks, pens, a computer and a printer. Plus, a serene atmosphere conducive to writing and the time to write.

Zest
Derived from the Swahili word ‘changamka’, meaning lively, ‘changamkia’ goes beyond that. The word, as employed in street lingo, connotes zest, focus, singleness of purpose and ‘doing it at all costs’. Perhaps – in digression – the best use of the word is in the building construction industry. Specifically, on ‘koroga’ days; those days when the floors of an apartment are being constructed and which entails mixing and pouring concrete all day long, and if need be, all night long. Then, if there are any breaks to be done, they are done in shifts as the whole floor has to be done so that the concrete can set as a homogenous slab. And so too should you run away with your project, more so, where you have self-imposed deadlines such as your bestseller.

End date
The above point (doable) notwithstanding, your project should have an end date. This enables you cut through the clutter as you strive to complete the project. In addition, it allows for more focus as it forces you to do be more action oriented towards completing your project. Plus, a project that drags forever breeds resentment.