Ack! Something’s Gone Wrong. Now What? ~ Outside the Margins with Anna Zabo

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One of the things they don’t tell you about the business end of writing is that sometimes shit happens. Sometimes it’s someone’s fault. But sometimes it’s just because of a cascade of unfortunate events.

Stuff happened recently, and because of that, my publisher and I decided to push back the release date of my next book, Daily Grind, from December 6th to February 21st. We needed extra time to get the edits done and market the book properly.

Yeah, it sucks, but you do the best thing you can for the book and the readers and your career. In my case, it was so minor. Schedule snafus happen. The book will come out. It will be grand and all will be well.

Sometimes things are far more complicated.

Here’s my general advice when things go pear-shaped:

  • Don’t panic. Breathe. Find someone you trust to talk to.

This could be a friend or your agent or another writer. Sometimes all you need is a sounding board to work out your frustrations and thoughts. Sometimes you need advice from a pro or someone who has gone through something similar.

  • Figure out how bad things are, really.

There’s “Oh, the release has to be pushed back.” And then there’s “Oh shit, my publisher’s check bounced.” And everything in between. Some crises aren’t as bad as others. Some can have a huge impact on your career.

  • Figure out your plan.

In my case, “Yes, let’s push the release back.” was an easy choice. Some other choices might be harder. You may need to cut ties. You may need to play hardball. You may need to get a lawyer. You may need to own up to a mistake.

Take the time to figure out what you’re planning to do.

  • Implement your plan.

Pretty much that. Once you know what you’re doing—do it. Carefully. Precisely. With heart.

Some advice:

If you’re in a situation where you’re getting rights back from a publisher—don’t put your book up on Amazon, even for pre-order, before those rights are clutched in your happy hand. You never know when things will be delayed and until you have a letter, you open yourself up to all kinds of shit if you release a book where the ownership of rights aren’t clear.

Social media is a two-edged sword. Yes, you can use it to cut others, but it works both ways. Not saying you shouldn’t take your case to social media when warranted, but be aware that it can bite back.

If you’re in the wrong—‘cause sometimes we are—for goodness sakes, admit it. Don’t dig in and make an ass out of yourself. It’s better to own up than point fingers all around you.

Remember that everyone is human, including yourself.

And lastly—breathe. Again. It’ll get better. Promise.

~Anna Zabo


Title: Daily Grind
Author: Anna Zabo
Publisher: Intermix
Publication Date: 02/21/2017
Cover Artist:
Genre: Bisexual, Gay Romance


A man discovers that love can show up when you least expect it—and in a much different form—in this piping-hot romance from the author of Due Diligence and Just Business.

Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N’At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.

As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.

But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?


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About Anna Zabo

Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think. You can find her online at or more often on Twitter as @amergina.

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