Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Rainy and cold

If you haven’t read about last week’s trip, there’s a nice, long post about it below.

I can’t believe it’s another Monday. Last week just flew past. We had frost last night, but, because it’s after May 15, the scumbag landlords didn’t give us heat. A hot water bottle is a beautiful thing.

Yesterday was busy, but it feels like I didn’t get much done. I polished and sent the Preakness Wrap-up article to my editor. I went over the final corrections on DIXIE DUST — the book should release any minute. In fact, at least one person’s bought a copy, which shouldn’t be available yet — and has a copy with errors. I expressed my concern to my publisher.

I spent a couple of hours converting/pulling old floppies/documents from the PC to flashdrives. I realized it makes more sense to convert them before I save them,and only put the latest Word version on the flashdrive. I still have multiple drafts on the flashdrive, in some cases, but not the old files that I can’t open. I found some stuff I didn’t know I had — some of it will be retired; some of it will be rewritten and sent out into the world.

I want to take what I learned from DIXIE DUST and apply it to the next horse racing YA, tentatively titled DEAD MAN’S STALL, which I plan to set in Saratoga, and also to the partially-written YA with an ice hockey player as its protagonist. I still haven’t heard anything about OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK’s new release date, and it’s affecting how I work on CRAVE THE HUNT, which it shouldn’t. I need to reshuffle this summer’s projects and re-prioritize, and not get derailed by other people’s issues.

I have a new assignment for Confidential Job #1, some client projects due this week, follow-up on previous pitches, and I have to figure out which in-process writing needs the most attention. I also have a manuscript to finish critiquing for a friend this week, and several books to read so I can host the authors on A BIBLIO PARADISE.

And some business correspondence. There’s a lot to get done before Memorial Day weekend rolls around at the end of this week.

Took a final look at FEMME FATALE this morning, and sent it to my producer. I don’t want to hold it until BLOOD SOUP is done. That puts too much pressure on BLOOD SOUP. THE MATILDA MURDERS is set to open in September, so that’s great, and there’s been a request for an additional performance of TILL DEATH DO THEY PART in August. All good.

I’m doing the follow-up on the February pitches. I sent a few polite follow-up requests to places from which I haven’t heard back, and withdrew a column pitch from one publication and several article ideas from another, because they have not responded to either the pitches of the follow-ups. I can’t have things hanging around in limbo indefinitely — everything needs to be earning money. And since everything I write eventually finds a home somewhere, I don’t need to sit and wait until someone “gets around to” a response. I am more than generous in granting response time, and if you can’t be bothered, well, there are those who can, and they’ll get my work. One publication was a disappointment, because I’ve written several articles for them in the past. But they are too erratic with their communication, and I can’t put in the work and then have pieces tied up indefinitely. It’s not good business on my end. So, I’m working my way down the list. The lack of courtesy irks me more than a rejection would. It’s fine to tell me the piece doesn’t fit. It’s not fine not to respond to the initial query or to the follow-up.

Have to get the press mailing out for DIXIE DUST as soon as I’ve got the okay and the direct purchase link. If you want to read a couple of excepts, hop on over to the Jenny Storm webpage. I’ve also got a full media kit I can send out, and the press release for the book is here.

Better get back to work.

Devon

2 Comments

  1. It’s amazing how much we have on these hard drives that really don’t need to be there. I have to take time to do the housecleaning myself.

    Had a pretty reliable source of income lose its freelance budget. I’m screwed for the rest of this year, so on to new areas. Magazines, obviously, are not going to survive the recession.

  2. Wow Devon, what a whirlwind of writing you have going on right now! Part of me is envious, part of me is glad writing isn’t my main source of revenue or I’d be really poor…

    I’m with Lori, I have SO much stuff that I’ve brought over from old computers that I haven’t cleaned up or formatted. I’ll get there though, I still have my 80’s to fill.


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