Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Destination: Procrastination

This is going to be a very short post because I've backed myself into a corner.

I received my proofs for Bad Girl on my birthday, April 7, with a request that they be returned by April 19th.

Dirty little secret: I ALWAYS do things at the last minute. Not because I procrastinate, but because I always have a stack of things needing to be done, and I work on the thing needing my attention right now.

Oh, that's the definition of "procrastinate," isn't it? [grin]

Anyway, I wasn't worried about the proofs because--by now--my editor and I had done a round, and the copyeditor and I had done another round. I figured there wouldn't be that much to address.

Boy, was I wrong.

I sat down last night and managed to complete half the job (in seven hours). I still have to finish the other half tonight so I can drop the pages off at FedEx in the morning.

So, I'm going to leave you all with an item from Publishers Weekly:

Bookstore sales tumbled 6.5% in February . . . according to estimates released this morning [April 16] from the U.S. Census Bureau. With the 1.4% decline in January, bookstore sales for the two first months of 2007 were down 3.1% . . . Sales for all of retail were up only 1.5% in February and up 3.9% in the two-month period.

I'll be back in business tomorrow.


Marie Tuhart said...


You'll get the proofs done. And I know what you mean about procrasination. I'm do it to.

Maya Reynolds said...

Thanks, Marie. I did get it done.

Fell asleep with my red pencil in hand about midnight, but woke up at 5:00 AM and finished by 6:30.

ERiCA said...

Happy late birthday!

I always spend mine procrastinating, so don't worry--you're not alone. =)

Maya Reynolds said...

Erica: Thanks! It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who does this. [grin]