Writing to a Deadline AGAIN? You betcha!

Yes, I placed myself in the clutches of a publisher’s deadline AGAIN.  I didn’t expect to. It wasn’t planned.  It just kind of happened.  Here’s the scoop…

About two months ago a writing buddy of mine Terri Rochenski announced that she was submitting to an anthology. I looked up the publisher.  They only did Romance.


I giggled.  Despite the fact that there was a romantic element in LAST WINTER RED, I knew that writing a straight Romance was not for me… and I was having so much fun blowing stuff up writing FIRE IN THE WOODS that I didn’t really want to take the time to start something new.

Anyway… A month later she put out feelers for beta readers.  A little niggle gnawed at my gut, poking and peeling until guilt set in.

The little writing demon inside me smacked me upside the head…  Who cares that it’s Romance!  You just missed an opportunity.

The overachiever in me flipped back to the publisher’s web-site. There were still five weeks until the submission date.

Five weeks…

Is that long enough to come up with a story, outline, write, beta, edit and submit?

Honestly… No it wasn’t.  Did I try anyway?


I’m not going to draw this out… I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that I have already submitted a story to this publisher within the timeframe, and I managed to get it in a week early.

So, How’d I do it?  Just to not make this post too long, I’ll tell you tomorrow.  Be there or be square!


32 responses to “Writing to a Deadline AGAIN? You betcha!

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  2. Julie Catherine

    Way to go, that’s awesome! 🙂

  3. Got my fingers crossed for you.. how exciting… well the waiting isn’t so much fun, but the end result is:)

  4. Hmm, I think you must’ve done it by asking the little blue lady to clone you;-)

  5. Wow…you managed that, PLUS a day job PLUS husband and kids? Modern day Wonder Woman. 🙂

  6. Talk about fire and energy. I find you and your posts inspirational and absorbing. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wow, that’s damn good going! 🙂 Looking forward to tomorrow!

  8. Good for you for writing outside of your usual genre. Not sure I’d have the guts to try writing romance. It would probably come out all scientific and roboty. 🙂

  9. And… Congrats on being awesome, your tenacity, and hopefully being in the anthology. 🙂

  10. I love your blog. Sometimes it’s like I’m reading my own thoughts. 🙂

  11. How exciting if you got to be in another anthology! It’s not fair, I want to be in an anthology!!!