#SaystheEditor Summer Planning- Author: Susan Helene Gottfried
I smell a trend.
Authors who e-mail me, wanting me to edit their books while theyâ€™re on summer vacation. They want to take time off, be with their kids and their families, travel, see the world. Do those things that writers have to do in order to keep the Write What You Know furnace stoked.
I donâ€™t blame a single one of you. In fact, I encourage every single one of my clients to step away from the computer and clear their brain. Go camping. Visit a national park. Breathe fresh mountain air or fresh salty sea air. I donâ€™t care. Just unplug!
Which means Iâ€™m participating in creating my own crushing summer workload, and Iâ€™m more than glad to â€” so long as I can handle what you guys throw at me. I am very smart at managing workloads and even better with time management. Best of all, I know people who would give their eyeteeth to work under the West of Mars banner. Iâ€™m building a tradition of excellence, after all, and am pleased and flattered to have so many people who want to be part of West of Mars.
If you havenâ€™t caught on by now, all of this is a fancy way to say get your dates booked now. Pick a deadline â€” I start new projects every Monday â€” and get your name on my calendar.
Summer dates are available. Get yours while the gettingâ€™s good. Because I promise you wonâ€™t be the only one waiting until the last minute. And I promise that existing clients wonâ€™t be turned away. If youâ€™ve been wanting to cross the West of Mars threshold, this is your Bat Signal.
Book your dates for June, July, and August. New or existing, lock in your dates. We can always move â€˜em later if we need to.