We all know about deadlines in our non-writing jobs. Employers require something to be done at a certain time and they don’t accept excuses. That’s what most authors refer to as their day job, the one they have to pay the bills and allow them to follow their dream.
What about the deadlines you have as an author? How do you think of those? Are you one of those authors who always has an excuse why they couldn’t get edits back to the editor in a timely basis? Did you fail to turn in your cover art information so the artist could take care of it before your book was languishing in the ready for publication pile while they finished a job that should have been done months ago? When you’re asked to review the final copy of your book prior to publication, do you keep putting this off until the editor in chief has to ask what’s taking so long?
To the staff at your publishing company, you’re coming off as an individual who isn’t professional. They’re right, too. Not meeting a deadline with a publisher and not explaining why isn’t the right thing to do. If you have a good reason why you can’t meet a deadline, a simple email will clear up any confusion. But don’t expect that excuse to work a second or third time. You’ll have the reputation of being unreliable if you make that attempt and may find yourself not being offered another contract.
A rule of thumb—your publisher is a business. As such, they must meet deadlines in order to have your book published in a timely manner. You, the author, need to be on track with every step, even if it means you can’t head on out to the lake on your vacation because you have edits due. Or you need to ensure your cover art works well instead of getting angry because your books’ release is delayed because the cover was never made.
One other thing to remember—getting angry at your publisher because the release is delayed because you didn’t get things done on time won’t look good for you either.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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