The publishing business takes a holiday from Thanksgiving through January 1. At least that’s what every agent I’ve had has told me. So what if I only had two? I’ve heard it from others and I believe it. So why not me?
Yes, I know it seems like I’ve had nothing but vacations. Maybe it’s true. Still, I’ve had one interruption after another and am going to next week. So why not take off the time?
I started this book last January and when I get back to it (this January….why not?) I’ll have written less than 200 pages. I’ve never had such a puny output in a year. But this is the way it’s worked out and since I don’t have a deadline I don’t have to be hysterical about it. There’s something to be said for not having a contract.
I think by this time we all know Ballantine isn’t going to ask me for anymore Faye Quick books. I’ve known this ever since they said they had to wait and see how the second book did.
And if I needed confirmation about that I got it when the pb cover arrived and though it had the same artwork the overall color was purple. The hc of Too Darn Hot had a red background denoting … hot. What does purple say? When I asked (and this was the BIG clue) why they changed it, I was told they had four other books coming out in red and they wanted to distinguish mine. Thank you. But why not change one of the other covers to purple since there was a real reason for mine to be red? I think I know why not. So no surprises here.
Some worry that when I write things like the above, publishers/editors will think of me as a “nightmare author”. I don’t think so. First of all I accepted what Ballantine told me like a docile little writer because I knew it didn’t matter. So what’s nightmarish about that? And if I write a really good book I don’t think it’ll be turned down by an editor because I found the cover of my last book…well…not quite right. If you want to see it go here. But be sure to look at the hc jacket, too. I mean, why not?
So back to the non-writing I’m doing. Not doing? I always take the week between Christmas and New Year's off anyway. So that would leave me with 6 more days to write this year. Two of those 6 days would be interrupted with appointments. I don’t see much point in trying to write for 4 days. So I’d rather wait, get myself together and start fresh in a fresh new year.
2007 here I come.