Tuesday, April 18, 2006

still no green light

In case you noticed my progress meter -- I'm still waiting for official approval of the second book in my contract, but i've gone ahead and started writing it.

anyway, i'm hoping to have 100 pages done by the end of april, so i've been a bit absent here.

5 pages a day. 25 pages a week. 100 pages a month.

14 comments:

jason evans said...

Note to Anne's Publisher:

Please approve Anne's book. I want to buy it. I want to buy it for my friends.

Thank you.

--Jason Evans, loyal customer

anne frasier said...

thanks, jason! :D

Jeff said...

I'm guessing because of some recent changes, the wheels are simply moving a little slower than usual, that's all. But even if that's the case it's not fair to keep you wondering. They need to contact you. :)

anne frasier said...

i have been contacted, but each decision stage has to go through several pairs of hands and some of those hands have been on vacation. :D

i put up a progress meter, so i mainly just wanted to let people know that i'm still waiting, but it seems as if it's going to go through.

anne frasier said...

with my publishing house books aren't slotted until the approval goes through. and usually they are slotted 18 - 24 months out, so I'm afraid this might mean the next book won't be out until 2008. hopefully i'll have an answer to that soon. for example, hush was finished in the summer of 2000, but the earliest slot was may, 2002.

Kelly Parra said...

I'm learning how this slotting works too...and that would be a bummer to miss an entire year for one of your books.

It's weird they don't have a time limit on how long they can keep your book before approval. Or something like that. I'm not the best at understanding contracts, though. =D

anne frasier said...

kelly, there is a time limit. it's usually 30 or 60 days. but it wouldn't be to my advantage to go somewhere else.

Rob Gregory Browne said...

I admire your dedication. I was talking to Kat Martin a couple weeks ago and she says she tries to write 100 pages a month.

I've decided my schedule will be 400 pages per year.

Shesawriter said...

Sounds like a reasonable goal. I try for five pages too. It's comforting that you're doing so also. I was worried that I wasn't producing enough.

Mary Louisa said...

Anne, keep up the good work. You're an inspiration. Sorry I've been absent from the comment scene. Family (including gimp dog) is taking lots of time.

anne frasier said...

rob: by the time i do my own revision, then the editor's revision, then factor in delays, it ends up being one book in about 14 months. and i have the feeling your pages are probably polished, where I tend to just throw the words on the page for the first draft.

tanya: fives pages a day works out perfectly for me. it took me a while to settle into that number, but i like the way it breaks down so neatly into 25 a week, 100 a month. it also makes it easy at contract time, because i can figure 4 months to write the book, another 2 months to revise and tighten before sending it in.

mary louisa: thanks for stopping by. i know how busy you've been!!

Jer said...

Hope you hear soon! Jer

anne frasier said...

thanks, jer!!

Rob Gregory Browne said...

Yeah, Anne, I'm afraid I'm one of those rewrite as you go kinda guys. The draft I turned in is substantially similar to the draft that's getting printed. I can't stand to let a scene go until it reads correctly.

Which is why I'm slooooowwwww.