Saturday, January 2, 2016
Deadlines by Jannine Gallant
Deadlines...do you love them or hate them? For the first time ever, I have a new series contracted, and the books weren't all written when I signed on the dotted line. Four books with firm publishing dates, and I was working on #2 at he time. Kind of scary, but doable. Right?
I had over a year before the final book had to be turned in. I mapped out my word count per day, taking into account things like holidays, and determined I could write a book in six months. Mind you, I have to produce 90,000 words per book. These aren't short, and my average time in the past for a full length novel was eight months. But I was MOTIVATED this time.
So, I set to work and finished #2 right on schedule. Go me! I'd put in a month on #3 and was making steady progress when I suddenly had a horrifying thought. I completely forgot I had to edit books 1,2 & 3 before #4 was due! Yikes, four rounds of editing per book required! I started hyperventilating. When I finally got my breathing under control, I pulled out the calculator and started doing the math... Let's just say 6 months was no longer going to be an option with all that editing time factored into the equation. I upped my daily word count and decided I was just going to have to suck it up and squeeze in writing time over the holidays.
I'm proud to say, I wrote "The End" on book #3 on Dec. 30th. My goal was to finish by the New Year. I wrote that baby in four months. One round of fine-tuning (since I'm an edit as I go writer), and it gets shipped off to my CP. Hopefully my editor will have #1 ready for me to tackle any day now. I'm still on track, even if I have to take the corners a little faster than I'd planned. With a little luck, I'll write #4 and have a day or two to spare before that final deadline.
So, the moral of the story is we can accomplish more than we think when we set our minds to it. The second moral is to not be a lame-brain and forget about all the other requirements on our time besides actual writing. At any rate, my bit of New Year's wisdom is if you believe in yourself, you can make anything happen!
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!
Oh, for those of you who are curious, the new series is called Born To Be Wilde. Romance along with action, adventure, and suspense revolving around the Wilde family.
Wilde One: A cross country treasure hunt may lead to love—if they survive…
Wilde Side: If the rapids on the river don’t kill them—someone else just might…
Wilde Thing: Skiing off a precipice isn’t half as dangerous as witnessing a murder…
Wilde Horses: A film shoot on a Wyoming ranch may be a Hollywood hero’s last call…
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Posted by Jannine Gallant at 12:01 AM