My All

My publisher allowed me a one week extension on my deadline. I worked like the devil not to have to use it. I have never missed a deadline. I'm stubborn. I'm proud. I have fierce work ethics. It hurt when I realized I needed that extra week.

The reason I'm not kicking myself is because I know I gave it my all. I sacrificed. I obssessed. But this book gave me fits from the start. It's been tough going. The good news is that I think it's really good. I'm happy with how it's turning out, and by the way, it's not turning out like I envisioned. Then again, it rarely does.

The joy of writing: When the characters surprise you.

The bane of writing: When the characters surprise you.

I don't take this extension lightly and I thank my publisher for being so gracious. I think it helps that, as I said, I've never missed a deadline before. Part of the value of having fierce work ethics. Never underestimate the power of professionalism. Strive for perfection. When you miss now and then, at least you'll know and they'll know... you gave it your all.


Cyn said…
GO, B!!!! Anyone who knows you never, ever doubts your intentions and professionalism. Sometimes at your great personal cost. I know that, from the time I was still learning how to put together a manuscript, you set the bar high for me to follow. Thank God you were the one with me on the path to publication!

It is a kick-butt book, B. Worth the extra week in gold. You earned it!

Love, C
Tori Lennox said…
*hugs* sweetie. But for what it's worth, you're not the first author to need an extension and I know you won't be the last.
Julia Templeton said…
Absolutely, Beth!
This writing business is tough...but I sure can't imagine doing anything else.
Can't wait to read the book!
Gabriele C. said…
*hands Beth her Dealing With Stubborn Characters set*

It includes manacles and a whip. :)
Bethany said…
I feel your pain. My lack of comments ARE explained by my own deadline. Rewrites again. And man, they can't come at a worse time. If it isn't my day job fire drills, it's motherhood....

We will survive (sing it with me!)....

When we make it through this we'll have to have a blog fest to make up for lost time! ha!
Tempest Knight said…
It was kind of your publisher to give you an extra week extension. I know sometimes our characters play diva and do their own thing instead of doing things our way. Don't you hate it when that happens? Now good luck finishing your MS! *wg*
Jordan Summers said…
They're going to love the book and not care about the extra week. Trust me. :D
Beth Ciotta said…
Chiming in to say hello and THANK YOU to those who voiced their support.

Cyndi, *sniffle* you know how I feel about you. As always you're advice on this book has been invaluable.

Tori, I know I'm not the first or last. I just didn't want to anything! (Other than on time) LOL

Julie, I know you're battling a like deadline. Thanks for breaking to send me a cheer!

Gabriele, *snicker* hilarious as always.

Singing with Bethany... We will survive! Good luck with the rewrites. Is there EVER a good time? I'm thinking . . . not. Pooh.

Welcome Tempast Knight. From here on out when I need a pick me up, I'm heading to your website. Check it out everyone! Wishing you mega sales with your new release.

Trusting Jordan. Hey. Isn't that a TV show? :0)

Okay.... back to work. Later kids!
Marjorie Jones said…
Hey Beth!

Been a while since I surfed the blogs and your post was so timely for me, personally. I have found myself under not one, but two deadlines, both of which I'd set myself and now have been solidified by publishers. Of course, I was wearing my superwoman cape when one publisher asked how soon they could read the full ms. of a certain project. But I'm like you... I'll kill myself writing to meet that deadline and if I need an extra week, I'll ask for it. By the way, I ADORED LTM. You have SUCH a way with words and I love your quirky sense of introspection and storytelling. Your this good with the fun stuff, I can't wait to read your HQN books. Beth Ciotta is forever on my autobuy list! Hugs, M
Beth Ciotta said…
Marjorie, thank you for those BEAUTIFUL words. You're very kind and I'm very flattered.

Best of luck on juggling those two deadlines. If anyone can do it, you can!!

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