Saturday, January 06, 2007

One Day At A Time

Remember the old saying, "Be careful what you wish for?" Just a few short weeks ago I was whining about waiting. It seems that as soon as the new year arrived, so did everything else!

1) All of a sudden, a flurry of emails between my publisher, my agents and myself regarding back cover copy and taglines for DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY (every time it seemed to be settled, more brainstorming was required - fun in a way, nerve-wracking in others). Do you have any idea how difficult it is to write those little plot summaries on the back cover of a book, make it sound witty, fascinating, and manage to please all parties involved while you're doing it? What will the end product be? Stay tuned...

2) My long-awaited editorial feedback for WHERE THE GHOULS ARE arrived. Ack! Do I have work to do! (But damn, it's gonna be good when I'm finished! Did I ever mention how much I love my editor? The woman's a genius.)

3) My even longer-awaited copy edits for DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY came a couple of days later, and by the way, they need them now (okay, I have two weeks, if I don't go blind and pull all my hair out first).

4) I just started a regular newsletter column for RWAOnline called ASKED AND ANSWERED: Published Writers Tell It Like It Is. Six times a year, I'll be asking a writing/publishing/industry question of published authors and writing an article on their opinions. I've already started the ball rolling collecting the answers. It'll be fun, but it'll also be some work.

5) I was asked to do a guest blog on over on Avon Fanlit (which will be up this coming Monday - I'll be nagging for comments then, so I don't look like a total loser!) :)

6) I was on a roll with my third book in the Nicki Styx series, IF YOU GOT IT, HAUNT IT, but now that manuscript will have to wait while I attend to other stuff.

And I just got some great new books I've been wanting to read, too. Thank goodness I got that fire hazard of a Christmas tree hauled out to the curb and the decorations all packed away!

It'll all be fine, just seems a bit overwhelming at the moment. Coping mechanisms, anyone?


MarlyMathews said...

You'll be fine, Terri! We all have faith in you!

I think the first installment of Asked and Answered is going to be great!

And as for managing your time, in a few months, you'll look back on this and say...well, that wasn't so hard...:)


Dawna said...

Marly's right! You will do it all fabulously. If everything happened in trickles, life would be far too easy and you'd have less fuel for your writing. By the time you get to re-visit Niki Styx 3, you'll be spitting out the pages like a rogue ATM doles cash. Your enthusiasm will see you through. I'm looking forward to your column and your September release.

Terri said...

Aw, thanks for the encouragement, Marly and Dawna! Feast or famine seems to be the way of it. :) I'll get it all done - just need to keep my priorities straight and my eye on the prize (books on the shelves), I suppose! Thanks again.

Tawny said...

You'll do great! Pretty soon, you'll be juggling all that without blinking --you're that good!