Editor Update #11?

Yes there is a question mark in the title of this post.  Life swamps us all at times and we lose track of when things are due.  That’s why this post is late today.  Both Laura Anne and I lost several days of our lives this week to … life.pen

Authors and editors have deadlines for a reason.  There is more to producing a book, anthology, short story, blog, than just sitting down and writing it.  There is  necessary research, which often sidetracks into 16 other topics and 1016 web site visits, and the plotting and characterization, pacing, and polishing the language.

After the tale is written down it has to be edited, often revised, re-edited, (Laura Anne and me) copy edited, proofed, (Jennifer, Vonda, Nancy, Pati, Sue) and then sent to production.  Somewhere in there an art department (Pati and Brenda)  works on the cover and any interior illustrations.

In the case of e-books, someone with a lot more tech savvy (Steve and Vonda)  than I can begin to want has to go through with a fine toothed comb and turn all that lovely prose into code.  And then they have to manipulate the place where our readers will eventually buy the piece.  Setting up and account with all the bank numbers, IRS numbers, addresses, etc.  Also contracts with the authors have to be sent out, signed and countersigned.  The author then has a chance to proofread one final time for any errors that may have crept in.  Those errors get corrected.  And then finally! the book is put in the queue for posting at the Kindle or Sony Store and on the BVC site.  Hopefully that posting occurs on or before the target date.  In the case of Shadow Conspiracy we are looking at December 15.

Without Deadlines  LIFE takes over and we put off the work at hand until a more convenient time.  Guess what?  There never is a convenient time.  See above schedule.

As an author I work hard at meeting my deadlines.  If there is a delay, communication with the editor is essential.  As an editor I have to trust my authors to meet their deadlines and nudge (flog) others when LIFE interferes.writtenin

They are called DEADlines for a reason.  Something dies in the long chain of events if something is late.

So please forgive Laura Anne and I if we are occasionally late with a schedule blog.  We are just as vulnerable to breaking deadlines as anyone else.  And to those I’ve been unmerciful to about getting stuff to me for Shadow Conspiracy, I apologize if I hurt your feelings.  I’m just trying to keep deadlines from becoming drop dead deadlines.

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About Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: www.ireneradford.net Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.

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