Sunday, January 22, 2012

Approaching Deadlines

I was taking stock this weekend and realized I have a lot of irons in the fire these days. Some with fast approaching deadlines.

My WIP "An Unexpected Blessing" is a Thanksgiving story. If I want to have a chance of having it published this year, the mss needs to be submitted to my editor at Wild Rose by February 23. So I have about a month to go on that. In order to give myself some time to do some decent editing and polishing, I set a goal at my local RWA chapter to have the first draft done by January 30. I have a week to go on that.

At first I envisioned a story of 20,000 words, but there is still much of the romance unfolding, so I upped it to 25,000. At the 20K I was about 90% done. With the 25K I'm about 75% done. Doable in a week, sure. But I'm not sure if 25K is going to be enough to tell the story.

Then I'm pitching to an editor from Harlequin in April. I need to do a thorough looksie through that mss to make sure it's in tip top shape. I'm about three months out on that one.

On the burner as well I have rewrites and revisions on another project for a different editor at Wild Rose. There's no deadline, per se, on this, but it would be nice to get it back to her sooner rather than later.

To top it all off, we're in the heart of basketball season at school and my time isn't always my own.

So, on that note, I'm going to sign off of this blog, and use the keyboard for other matters!

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



Morgan Mandel said...

I know exactly how you feel, Debra, and I don't even have a day job anymore! I don't know how I managed before.

Morgan Mandel

Deb Larson said...

I'm sure you'll find the time you need - we always do!
Best of Luck with your Thanksgiving story ~
DL Larson

Debra St. John said...

Hey Morgan and Deb,

I'm sure it will all work out and everything will get done on time! It's just when I stepped back yesterday and took a look, I was a little over-whelmed!

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