I cant help as far as an early induction goes, as my inductions were both full term, but I might be able to give a little bit of advice. With my first, I was 2 weeks overdue and he decided he was comfy in there
So I was induced, I had no dilation, no effacement, cytotec got me to a whopping 1cm, and then I had pit from there. I actually dilated pretty fast (8 hours) and everything went well, except for a failed epidural, until I had started pushing. They were doing that whole count to 10, take a breath, count to 10 thing and it wore me out SO fast. Then his HR dropped and I had an episiotomy to get him out. I feel like between me being stuck flat on my back the whole labor and with the way they were telling me to push, he just couldnt take it anymore.
With my 2nd, I was again induced, but at 39w 4d due to mild pre-e. This time I had researched it, knew there was a possibility of another induction, so I started taking evening primrose oil to help soften my cervix at around 37w. It worked reallllly well, and I was already 4cms before I was started on anything. I also made sure to stay up and not be stuck on my back and when it came time to push, I followed my gut and did it the way I felt was right. I had told my MW before hand that I did NOT want to be counted at or told I was doing it wrong. It worked really well and she was born very quickly.
So I guess if you felt comfortable with it, I'd use some EPO for a bit before your induction, try to stay up and about as much as possible (I know they like to limit it when your BP is going up, but even sitting up in bed will help), maybe get into the tub for a bit, and try to avoid having your water broken-at the very least until you are dilating well and baby is well engaged. If the EPO doesnt work on its own or you arnt comfortable trying it, you can ask for something like cervidil (sp?), a gel that will help your cervix BEFORE they start pit. If you arnt dilated at all, the chances of induction being successful are much lower. And yeah, do some research of your own, look into options-its been awhile since I was induced last and things are constantly changing.