So, Jim and I have this expression: ". . . moving at the speed of publishing. . ." The confusing thing about this is that it really has two completely opposing meanings. The speed of publishing, from what we have experienced so far, is either:
a) Ai ai ai! We need it yesterday!! like back when the final edits of Blackbringer were due and Tim asked if Jim couldn't drop them off at Fed-Ex while driving me to the hospital for the heart attack I was going to have from the pressure.
b) Molasses. And I mean, old molasses, like the half bottle that I found in the back of my cupboard and used to make gingerbread cookies. It took forever to empty that bottle into the mixing bowl!!
Which is fine. You get used to it. Anyway, I thought of this when reading this NY Times link, found thanks to Gwenda. An interesting look at what happens in that year and a half or so between manuscript and book.
A few other good linkies. Here's one from Bookmoot about authors doing school visits, full of really good advice. The advice I need, in addition, is how to get invited to do more school visits. (Thanks, Kim for your help in that effort!)
And here's a goody from bestselling author Rick Riordan about his "overnight success." He also stresses the importance of school visits.
Oh yeah, and we got another postcard from the gummy bear today! I relay my fetus's words verbatim here:
Dear Ma & Pa, So, I thought you might be o'wondering how it is that I got assigned to you two homeys. Well, it works like this. Everyone gets three choices to pick from. Mine were:
1) Mr. T & Charro
2) Pamela Anderson & Mike Huckabee
3) Laini Taylor & Jim Di Bartolo
So let's hope it was the right choice because I might have turned down a bassinet on Pennsylvania Avenue next year! [There's a frowny face drawn here.]
Well, baby, it doesn't look good for Huckabee in the White House (the very thought of which gives me the heebie jeebies), and from what I've heard, Huckabee's kids don't tend to turn out so great anyway, so I think you'll be pleased with your choice.