Like people in many other fields, authors must meet deadlines, whether set by editors in the world of traditional publishing or scheduled onto the calendar when indie-publishing. I am an oldest-child, deadline-oriented perfectionist. I doubt I would ever get any books written (or blog posts for that matter) if I didn’t have to meet deadlines.
But sometimes, like today, deadlines are kicking me in the backside—hard. This blog, for example, was supposed to be scheduled no later than last week (so sorry, inspy ladies.) I have a deadline close to the end of this month on a book I’m almost finished with, but it needed to be done earlier to get it to my indie editor and proofreader. The last of my Cowboy Country books is due Wednesday but my traditional editor for Harlequin is giving me grace until the end of the month, even though I know it puts her into a bind.
I am and have always been an “early.” No, not an early-bird, as in getting up at dawn. Far from it—total night-owl here. But what I’m talking about is getting to places, whether real or virtual. My dear hubby is a “latey.” It drove me crazy when we first married, sliding right under the wire to get places. And it drives me crazy now when I’m the culprit in meeting book and blog deadlines.
This time it’s illness. I didn’t plan enough time for the lovely case of botulism I picked up at a fast food restaurant. I know I have other chronic illnesses and try to plan around those (and work through them,) but what does one do with botulism?
I’ve got some interesting and exciting news coming up for next month’s blog. In the meantime, enjoy my Harlequin Love Inspired Christmas cover for A Christmas Baby for the Cowboy. It’s out mid-November at a store near you.
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Until next time!
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