Thursday, September 20, 2012

DEADLINE


Congratulations to "Cris", the winner of Theresa's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

DEADLINE: a narrow field of time, or particular point in time, by which an objective or task must be accomplished.

I sold Abducted, Dead Weight and my untitled Book 3 in the Lizzy Gardner series to Thomas & Mercer, and on March 27, 2012, I signed my very first Publishing Agreement. For the first time in nearly two decades, I have a deadline that’s not self-imposed. The added pressure of knowing somebody is waiting for Book #3 isn’t all that fun, especially when you suddenly lose your wonderful dog of eighteen years--the animal who wagged her tail and barked all day, celebrating my highs with me and licking my wounds during my lows. 

Deadlines aren’t that fun when you have two kids moving back into your house while your youngest goes off to college, because if you’re like me and you enjoy your kids, you push your deadline aside for a bit. And to make matters worse, deadlines hover in your subconscious and try to ruin your fun when you’re invited to author events and the excitement is almost too much to handle and you can’t just say no! But the days keep moving along anyways, at record speed, and suddenly you notice there are only two weeks left to write your 100,000 word book. Yikes!

Seriously though, despite the fact that life goes on, deadline or not, I’m having the time of my life and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m working with an editor and an author team and I must say I like it, I like it a lot.  

Whether you’re a writer or a reader, we all have deadlines. How do you handle them?

I will be giving away a digital copy of ABDUCTED and DEAD WEIGHT to one lucky commenter! 

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 20th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

22 comments:

  1. I'm a doctoral student, so my deadlines involve dissertation progress reports, papers for publication, talks I have to give, and (very soon!) writing the actual dissertation. Deadlines are dealt with loads of caffeine (which makes me really wish I drank coffee!), little sleep, a few tears, and many "OMG, my life is over" moments. But it all seems pretty minimal after the fact :)

    Good luck with that deadline!

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I love this, Cris. Yes, loads of caffeine and all the rest. LOL. And yet so crazy worth it in the end. Thanks for the great comment!

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  2. I understand about children changing schedules. LOL. Raising my three grandsons keeps me busy but is such a blessing in my life. I've found that taking one day at a time and doing the best I can that day works good for me. When deadlines get near I just knuckle down and "Do it". Seems I work well under pressure. Smile.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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  3. Hi Brenda, Yeah, you're right. Just do it! And raising your three grandsons! Good for you. I think this is great advice. Doing the best we can and taking it all one day at a time. Love it.

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  4. Yes, it is true, life goes quickly. As for deadlines I prioritize, A list HAVE to be done, B List can wait.
    I would very much like to read your books Theresa. I have seen your name often & have you on my list.
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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    2. & I wish to give you my condolences on the loss of your wonderful Dog...

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    3. Thanks, Janet, for the condolences, the tips and the nice comment!

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  5. Even my self-imposed deadlines raise my blood pressure :)

    It seems writers wait "forever" to get to the point where they have to meet a publisher's deadlines, and then when it happens, yikes--more pressure. But I agree with you, Theresa, once a writer "makes it," it's worth the pressure, and so much fun to work with an editor and experience the feeling of validation.

    Good luck with all of your deadlines. I'm looking forward to reading your books! malvernolsonatgmaildotcom

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    1. Thanks, Mal. At 5 pm yesterday, I finished the first draft of Book 3 in the Lizzy Gardner series. I am soooo HAPPY! This is one of those books where I kept losing sleep over different scenes. The other night I gave up trying to sleep and got up at 1:30 AM and wrote until 4 AM. And then it happened again last night. But now it's polishing time...my favorite part of the writing process!

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  6. I try to get a certain amount of work done daily, but lately family matters have taken over. Condolences on the loss of your dog.

    jtcgc at

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  7. I am a do it ahead kind of gal. If my deadline is a week, I usually start NOW. I drive my hubby crazy!! He is a do it later, plenty of time. I am a list maker too. I make the list and cross it off when it's done.

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    1. Hi Trish, I think DO IT NOW is a great idea. If I don't write something down on my calendar, it's not ever going to get done.

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  8. I am a do it ahead kind of gal. If my deadline is a week, I usually start NOW. I drive my hubby crazy!! He is a do it later, plenty of time. I am a list maker too. I make the list and cross it off when it's done.

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  9. I work on the task a little at a time.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi bn100, that works too! One step at a time.

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  10. Whenever I have a deadline, I like to know in advance. Most of my assignments come from another office (Executive Office of the company). They always give me last minute assignments which are due like yesterday. I usually start venting before I start the assignment. Lately, I would finished the assignment and then I vented after the fact. Thank God, I know how much time I need to do the assignment that I could argue persuasively what is really manageable. I don't think upper management really have a clue on how long it takes to complete an assignment.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Hi Kai, "I don't think upper management really have a clue on how long it takes to complete an assignment."

    I hear you, Kai. Thanks for the comment.

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  12. Hi Theresa! So sorry about your dog - they are family, and losing them is so tough. Hugs:)

    As for deadlines, I actually do better with them. I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home, and it wasn't until I gave myself strict publication deadlines that I started have consistent 4K plus days. I've been in plotting mode lately, but I'm ready to get started on a trilogy releasing next fall.

    Congrats on the big sale!
    Stacy Green (stacy (dot) whisenand (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  13. Congrats on the new release(s)!!! They sound fabulous :) I'm a terrible procrastinator so I hate deadlines!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Yes, I know all about deadlines. Sometimes that pressure is a good thing, otherwise we can tend to drift along.

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