Gettin’ My Head Around It

So, I have not one, not two, but THREE manuscripts to revise this summer. The big one is the second story in The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters trilogy; I just got editorial notes late last week, and the revision is due on August 1st (yep, you heard that right). The other two aren’t under contract yet — they haven’t even gone out on submission. One is a new chapter book, and the other is a contemporary middle grade novel.

I know what you’re thinking. Um, this seems like a lot to do in a little over two months. How are you going to manage? Also, are you CRAZY? 

Well, yes, I am a little bit crazy. I am a writer, after all. But I know I can make all of this happen, with some simple strategizing. Here’s my plan of attack:

  1. Print out and review editorial notes (whether they’re from my editor on the Bland Sisters 2, from my critique partners on the chapter book, or my own notes on the new middle grade) and take a day or so in each case to get my head around them.
  2. Read through each manuscript and flag pages and make notes where I think I can incorporate the aforementioned changes.
  3. Think about how long I have to tackle each project, and calculate how many chapters I need to address each day of my revision window (making sure to give myself some room for unforeseen delays).
  4. Stick to the schedule and DO THE WORK.

I have more time these days, since my son is in summer camp five days a week, so I’m not feeling as overwhelmed as I’ve been in the past. It DOES make me a little nervous that I’m going to be working on more than one project at a time, but I’ve done it before, and really, I can think of worse things to complain about. And of course, on top of all of this, I will make sure to blog about my progress, so we can all see just how successful I am at making all of this happen!

Have you ever had more than one deadline on your calendar? Got any advice for me?


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