I have a deep and unrelenting respect for the concept of time. It's an unavoidable necessity for me. I can't manage a house of girls, a full time job, a business, a husband with his own busy and successful career, without always having a keen respect for time, and the ability to use it well. This month includes a book release, a busy wok calendar, and becoming a grandmother for the first time. Now I thought my daughter was the iffy variable in my world that she might be the one who knocks me off my time table(And that would have been grand. Schedules are allowed to be destroyed by grandchildren). Babies come when they come; however she really is my daughter in every way. My grandson was due the 21st of February however even that works out with an abiding respect for time; he's on calendar for March 3rd arrival. No variable. Will be here, perfect timing after the release of my 9th book. Way to go baby Hugs. Granny loves you!
I work on a 4 week timetable to release a book. I write 4 hrs a day Monday through Friday. Never on the weekends. After the first week the first chunk goes to edit. I continue to write until the next Friday. Chunk goes to edit, first batch of edits back to me. So on and so on until book done and in formatting. I have never missed a release date. All things in my world are complete on the date specified on my giant paper desk calendar.
The hardest thing to find in Indie World is an editor who is not only is competent but understands the concept of time. You miss edit deadline, you do a job poorly, you destroy my carefully constructed schedule. My entire world goes out of whack. I can not exist off schedule. Nope doesn't happen. Don't take a job from me unless you are good and understand the concept of time.
I won't bore you with how difficult this book was to get out because I had someone on my team for a while who didn't understand the concept of time or the concept of completing work as specified. I would have expected the arrival of my grandson to be the thing to knock me off schedule in February. Nope, grandson decided it would be better for all if he arrived on a date specific. Nope, my schedule was made a nightmare by someone not understanding the concept of time as I worked nonstop to try to get this book out and Midwest bound to meet my first grandchild.
So what have I learned? Time means something different for everyone and I will never hire anyone again who doesn't own a giant paper desk calendar. I think the entire world should go back to the giant paper desk calendar. A schedule, the concept of time, is made more real when it's lying there on your desk in physical form staring at you every day. At least for me.
I won't mention my concept of time to Amazon. I don't think Bezos cares about my schedule. So smiling and still waiting for buy links, book done on schedule, grandson coming on calendar, desperately looking for a skilled editor with a giant paper calendar, and all is well with the world.
I wish you Peace.
The Girl on the Half Shell Available on Amazon
The Girl of Tokens & Tears(Waiting for buy links)
The Girl of Diamonds and Rust(April 2015)