Friday, December 11, 2009

The Importance of a Deadline

I know I've been VERY quiet of late. It's cos I'm working to a self-imposed deadline.

I entered the Romance Writer's of Australia Emmy award with my current mss (the one subbed with Richmond) because I wanted to make sure I finished the full. I've been good at starting mss' this year but we all know to actually become a published author, you need to Finish The Damn Book!!!

The second round of the Emmy will be announced end of January/begining of February and any one who gets through will then have to send in the full mss within a week. On the off chance that I make it through, I wanted to have the mss finished at least a few weeks before so I have time to let it sit before doing a first edit.

I've given myself the deadline of December 31st 2009 to finish TMMCF and I'm posting it on here so you guys can all keep me honest. I'm almost at 40k so have about 10k (give or take) to finish.

I think I can... I think I can...

Yesterday I cheated, jumped ahead and wrote the epilogue. It was a LOT of fun :)

Anyway before I sign off just wanted to say a HUGE congrats to those four winners of the iheartpresents writing contest! As a runner up from last year I can't rave enough about the opportunity. From that contest, I'm lucky enough to still be working with an editor. And those editors know their stuff. Like this year's MH Winner, I didn't even get feedback in the first contest a couple of years back. So congrats to EVERYONE who entered and don't feel disheartened if you only recieve a form email!

Instead... be even MORE determined to succeed!!!


Suzanne Brandyn said...

It's great to work on a self imposed deadline Rach. Good Luck in the Emmy award. I'm sure you'll do well. :)

Suz :)

Lacey Devlin said...

So exciting about the Emmy Award I'm sure you'll meet your deadline even with Christmas! Good luck!

Christina Phillips said...

I'm much more disciplined when I have a deadline, otherwise I meander all over the Internet!!! And I know you can do it... I'll be watching...:-)

Fingers crossed for the Emmy!

Jackie Ashenden said...

Great post, Rach. Good luck with that Emmy and finishing the damn book! You're nearly there.

Cathryn Brunet said...

Go get 'em, Rach!

joanne said...

How exciting about the Emmy, and good luck with meeting your deadline - not easy with little ones running around your ankles!

Jo x

Suzanne Jones said...

Good luck with the Emmy - and I'm sure you'll meet your deadline.


Rachael Johns said...

Thanks all you wonderful lovely people for sending luck on meeting my deadline. Unfortunately it's now all null and void - lol!!