Book Release Dates! (Or, The Best-Ever Reason For Bailing On Nanowrimo)
The editor of the Rugosa book sent back her list of suggested changes, which was very short and all of minor sentence-level things. I was able to turn the manuscript around in two days, so it's now in production. That means my to-do list for November has filled up very abruptly, and many of the tasks on that list are either things I've never done before (create a sign-up feature for an email list on my website--this placeholder website over here, which I think I last updated over a year ago--ack!), or things I've done before that nearly all writers find difficult and fraught (write the concise and hooky three-paragraph plot synopsis to go on the back cover). I need to pace my participation in production and publicity as if the book were coming out in a month, to make sure everything is in place when it's needed.
The anthology's coming out in six months, and most book-launching how-to lists and calendars pack those six months pretty full. Even if Trafficking in Magic, Magicking in Traffic were the only project with a release date, I'd call myself busy.
So no, I won't be putting the whole world aside during the month of November to write 50,000 words in 30 days, and that's just fine. I've got a short fiction project I can probably finish in that time, even around my other responsibilities. Stisele's story can wait until after the holidays, when I'll have dug my box of novel research books out of storage and filled my head back up with cavalry warfare and primitive meteorology.
These are all excellent problems to have. I'd welcome more like them.