aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Back in the saddle again

From late September to late April I worked as I hard as I ever have in my life. I sold a new series on proposal and the first was due January 31. I also had another book due in March, although later the date got pushed back to mid-April.  We are talking over 140,000 words.  Then just to make things more interesting, one of those books that was nearly finished had to be snew jacketcrapped and redone, basically starting from the ground up, or close to it.

I had no evenings or weekends. I lay awake in bed at night and counted days and counted words and divided the former into the latter.  The number was always discouraging. I read books and articles about how to write faster. I wrote on planes. I wrote in hotel rooms (once on vacation). I wrote in cars, I wrote in the library. I wrote in a coffee shop, at a friend's house, in bed, at my gym, and every Thursday for 16 weeks in a chemo room where my friend was being treated for breast cancer.

And finally, as of April 23, I had everything turned in. I started going to five or six kung fu classes a week, and reading more for pleasure. I cleaned up certain areas of our house. I found boxes of cereal that expired two years ago, articles I used for books that were published five or six years ago.

I just learned one editor is going to give me edits next Monday. The other is giving me edits next Friday. I have a new
book due Oct.1. And another due sometime in February.

I guess it's time to get back in the saddle.

Oh, and I should probably write some talking points for this book I have coming out in four weeks.
Tags: deadlines
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