Last August I contracted a full-length paranormal romance with a fairly large publisher, but have yet to see edits, cover art, blurbs, or a release date. About every two months I follow up with the Editorial Director and receive a different timeline than the previous two months. Is this normal?
So edits, cover art, blurbs and a release date can take a lot of time. That is normal.
You should get the edits first.
Blurbs will come into play once you have an edited manuscript, and you might be expected to get them yourself. So start networking and making author friends now.
Cover art at most houses comes after edits are finished or when they’re almost finished as well.
An actual release date does too, though the editor should have a vague idea of publication season (the editor will be editing spring 2015 books before fall 2015 books for instance).
Timelines sometimes also change and editors are overworked and busy so sometimes they say you should get edits in April but you don’t really get them until June. They want to get you the edits in April, editing is just a lot of work and something that shouldn’t be rushed.
I would suggest keeping the lines of communication open and keep working on another project until you get edits.
it’s that time of the day when i have a long monologue with myself (no, not a soliloquy). it goes something like:
WHY didn’t you just bring to work the masses of chocolate you got last night for your birthday, and WHY do you still have cinnamon hearts (that your mom gave you for valentine’s day) stashed in your desk drawer, and WHY do you keep eating the cinnamon crumbs even though they make you cry and WHY can’t you just eat the damn tangerine sitting on your computer
also why does said tangerine have a sticker that says, and i quote, “#sled”?
I had never driven the Bay Bridge before (you know, on my own, in my car, with myself behind the wheel, etc.) and, in fact, had never driven in San Francisco (well, duh, you might say—would I really have gone all the way down to one of those weird bridges or taken the Richmond AND Golden Gate to get there?).
That moment when you see a distant acquaintance comment on her estranged ex-boyfriend’s Facebook and you sort of have this weird sympathy for her and are just so PROUD that she’s putting herself out there in the most public arena possible
(full disclosure: the name of the post is the name of this song i liked in middle school lol. but it’s surprisingly pretty accurate.)
Dear YouTube Poster of Dog Singing Anastasia Song:
I think my favorite youtube video got deleted.
It was of someone’s dog singing this song from the movie Anastasia. It’s the best thing EVER and now it’s gone.
DEAR PERSON WHO POSTED THIS VIDEO PLEASE BRING IT BACK.
I am sending a message out through the internet, and perhaps it will reach the right person. Seriously that was the best video ever. The audio track is the song, and the video is still shots of the dog. Each shot makes it look like the dog is singing. When the singer holds the long high notes there is a dog with its mouth open really wide. I think it’s chewing something? Anyway, BEST VIDEO EVER please bring it back.
I have been reading for days and needed something to cheer me up after all this work. And the video was gone. Okay, you get it. I want that video back.
I will post another Good Video here. It will not be as good but alas it is the best I can do.
“[Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.]
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.””—Mary Oliver, from “When I Am Among Trees” (via the-final-sentence)