One of the Yahoo groups that I follow is An Alternative Read. Yesterday they threw out a question for authors that I found interesting, especially hearing how different authors respond. They asked “Are your deadlines negotiated with your publisher, mandated by your publisher or self-imposed? If you are not a published author, but writing to be published, do you set your own deadlines or just write when you can?”
My first response back was to share that I currently write on a regular basis for three online publishers, but I am lucky enough to have fairly flexible deadlines.
One publisher (Blushing Books) that I write for also has a member’s site where I publish stories in weekly chapters until the story is finished. Often these are novellas, sometimes novels. My choice. When they are completed, after several months they are then sold on the Blushing Books site, Amazon, and other places. In this situation, I have weekly deadlines. Sometimes that is stressful.
My other two publishers (Black Velvet Seductions and Decadent Publishing) take my novellas or novels when I have them finished. In these situations, I set my own deadlines. If I don’t have a deadline…well, I tend to get lazy and drag things out.
I’m curious to hear how other published and unpublished yet authors here at BVS feel about deadlines.
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