Deadly Deadlines

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This summer, the ladies here at the Authors of Main Street put out a new collection of novellas, focused on weddings. The Weddings on Main Street collection was well received, with more than twenty 4/5 Star Reviews, in just over a months time. I am just thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful group of writers, and more importantly, people. Working with them this summer on this, and future projects, has been a highlight.  It also led to new opportunities for me.

Thanks to the wedding boxed set, I created a wedding series that I planned to do on my own, outside of the set.  A publisher took interest, and offered me a contract. A publisher with whom I am very excited to be a part of their contemporary romance line. This means I am officially a hybrid, which I admit sounds a lot less cool than being an Indie. But it means an opportunity for me to possibly reach new readers, with the assistance of a larger budget and more resources, in terms of marketing. I was ecstatic with this change in circumstance, despite it making me sound like a really slow, hipster vehicle. 😛

The week I signed the contract I already had the first two books, in the series, written and was working on number three. It seemed like a piece of cake, a good old walk in the park, until I sat down at my laptop. Suddenly, I was working on someone else’s deadline, making use of someone else’s resources, and someone else would be counting on me to help make a name of their brand. YIKES!!

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It took me almost a week to write more than a sentence or two. It was driving me crazy. I certainly spent some time worried that I was going to ruin this opportunity. It was a case of the deadly deadlines. I am used to working on my schedule and suddenly, I couldn’t write at just any pace and I was accountable to someone other than myself. I had signed a contract for heaven’s sake.

At some point, I just had to get over it and work. Writing is what I do, what I love, and I would do it whether I was publishing or not. So, big girl panties on, I sat down and just did it!  It had to be done and the story was all in my head, I just needed to get over the jitters.

Some days words flow like crazy and I wish I didn’t have to stop for real life things, such as cooking dinner or picking my son up from school. Other days, I keep an eye on the clock, willing it to be the end of my scheduled work day. It’s a process and I am so excited to finish this series, work with this new publishing house, and reach out to a larger fan base with my book babies. It’s been a great summer professionally. In between my deadly deadline issues, the exciting release of Weddings on Main Street, and getting some work done on other projects, I did find time to enjoy summer vacation with the kid.

 

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On this blog we love authors and supporting them in this industry. So, I shared my deadline story now we want to hear about your next deadline or most recent one. We want to hear about your new release, if you have one. I don’t like the term “pimp your book”, so let’s call this a “Book Shout Out”. Let our readers know what you are up to and where to find you on social media, so they can track you down. Ready, set, gooooooooo!

*fyi: the readers here are mainly sweet to mild heat, so we ask you keep that in mind w/ any excerpts, descriptions or images you post about your stories. Thank you in advance!

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Thanks for stopping by today, wish me luck readers and writers on this new hybrid adventure. I feel blessed to be able to do both and I cannot wait for the next installment of The Authors of Main Street, which you can expect out in early 2015! We are plotting and planning and scheming away. 🙂

Wishing you well in fiction and real life,

Kelly Rae

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14 Responses to Deadly Deadlines

  1. You can do it! I have no doubt about your capabilities. Here’s hoping that this venture will bring you many new readers.

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  2. Jill James says:

    I’m STILL working on Love in the Time of Zombies. It is sooo close I am getting frustrated that it isn’t done. You can follow my writing adventures at http://www.facebook.com/Jill.James.author

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  3. Carol says:

    I agree with Pepper. You can do this, Kelly. Good luck!

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  4. Reblogged this on Kelly Rae & Jocelyn Bell Books and commented:
    Check out my post this month, over at the Authors of Main Street. I am talking about stage fright in the face of deadlines. Thanks to a new publishing deal, with Forever Red Publishing, for my wedding series that will be out at the end of this year.

    It was an exciting summer and I sure hope the same was true for my readers!

    Wishing you well, in fiction and real life,
    Kelly Rae

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  5. lynncahoon says:

    I realized writing on deadline is a whole different animal than just writing a book. 🙂 I’ve completed one and am a month away from completing another, but it feels different. Taking an idea you have and turning it into a book in three/four months feels daunting. I tried not to think too much about the deadlines, just the books. Good Luck Kelly Rae!

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    • Thanks Lynn, I always made deadlines for myself as an Indie, of course, it just seemed a little scary when it was in writing and I signed some fancy paper! LOL

      Good luck with your writing, as well!

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  6. E. Ayers says:

    Indies do have deadlines, otherwise the book wouldn’t get out there. Plus I usually tell my editor that I will be send x words on the fifteen of Oct so she can schedule me. Without fail, I’m freaking on the 14th!

    I’m hoping to box up With This Ring and I Thee Wed along with another around Xmas. And I need to release I Thee Wed all by itself since it was in the boxed set. Just need to make the time to do that. Plus I have another Mariner’s Cove that I’m working on that I’d like to have out in Nov. (Why do I do this to myself? LOL) So without enough hours in a day… I’m back under the gun.

    Loved the vacation pics. He’s getting awfully big! You’re losing your “little” boy.

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    • The boy will be 12, in 2 weeks. I am heartbroken that this will be my last year, before the teen years. He amazes me all the time, I am hopeful that will continue to be so, in mostly good ways.

      I did the same thing, when my deadlines were only mine. Somehow, singing my name on the dotted line made it feel a little more DEADline-ish! LOL

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  7. leighmorgan1 says:

    Congratulations, Kelly! You Go, Girl! Your post on deadlines in particularly apropos for me this week. Yikes…. So happy for you.

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  8. Joan Reeves says:

    Deadlines are a necessary evil or we’d probably never finish anything. It’s just too easy to keep “refining.” *g* I know you’ll make it.

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