The Schedule Thang

So I get my revision notes from my editor for NIGHT ECHOES, along with the timeframe for getting it back to her. Oct. 1 is the date she writes, and I think, Great! Excellent. Enough time to do the final revision of HAWKSPAR, then do the final revision of NIGHT ECHOES, and still breathe.

I tell my editor she’ll have the ms. by Oct. 1.

She writes back. No, Oct. 1 is her last deadline. My last deadline is going to be sooner than that. Probably significantly sooner than that.

Long, painful silence ensues as I digest this news.

HAWKSPAR comes next. My editor for that book has been more than understanding, I have stretched the project out because of the “I’ll need NIGHT ECHOES next month, not the same month next year” deadline, and now, having half-killed myself to get it done in that time, I may not make the cutoff anyway. Because I’m not starting NIGHT ECHOES until I finish HAWKSPAR.

You should be able to hear the dull thudding of my head against my desk, no matter where you are. You’ll see me again. Not necessarily soon, though.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

2 comments… add one
  • Jim Aug 29, 2006 @ 16:57

    Well, I guess I read them in the wrong order. 🙂
    You’ll get through it, I know, but it will be painful. Go with the Gods, write like the wind.

    No, write like the flowing river; the wind may be swifter but is far less steady in its course.

    Take care,

    Jim

  • Jason Penney Aug 29, 2006 @ 6:54

    Urk!

    Good luck!

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