I turned in book 4 today. I think I'm done with it. I'm not 100% sure; it's been so long since I went through the publishing process I can't remember if there's another editing step after line edits or not. I really, really hope not. I really want to be done.
Today was my deadline. I didn't remember that until about 3 days ago. I thought it was the *end* of January. Thank heavens I checked! I turned it in at 5:40PM, which is 7:40PM in New York where my editor is, but hey, as long as it's before midnight I'm in the clear, right?
So now I'm freed up to work on other things--like the book that I'm supposed to be done writing by January 31. That's a self-imposed deadline, though, and I've already conceded it's not gonna happen, so I'm moving it to the end of the first week of February and just dealing with the fact that I won't have a whole month away from it before I start edits--which is a bummer, since I'm supposed to research and outline book 5 while also beginning a collaborative project with a friend.
I've been working on a new website in my "free time," and will be ready to launch it next week. To celebrate, I'll be holding a bonus contest in my January newsletter, so if you're not signed up to receive that, just enter your email addy in the sign up field. I'll also be premiering the trailer for The Weight of Shadows in that issue, and I can't wait for everyone to see it--I think it turned out *very* well.
Well, PJ finally fell asleep on my lap (an hour past bedtime), so I think that's my cue to sign off. Happy 2010--looking forward to putting new books in your hands this year!