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.
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.
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.