One of the things that indies have to stay on top of are deadlines. There is no one behind us, pushing us to get things done, there is no one going if it isn’t on my desk by tomorrow, we’re going to pull the book, etc. We have to impose these on ourselves and then follow through with them.
My deadlines are fast approaching. I have to have three books to proofers and editors by in August. Where am I on these three books? Well, let’s just say I’m not holding any ticker tape parades for completing them in the near future.
Lola the Destroyer and Writing Buddy hasn’t been helping. It’s hard to type with a sixty pound dog between you and the keyboard. Lately, she’s been determined to sleep on my lap while I try to work. And occasionally, I have go through and fix paragraphs of her typing as her legs flail in her sleep.
Also, I’ve been giving thought to Elysium Dreams the audiobook. It’s about an $8,000 project. It would require two narrators – 1 for the overall story and 1 for the killer’s chapters – and as the second longest book in the series, will be approximately 13 hours of audio. A good narrator is going to run about $600 a finished hour, but since that narrator is going to have to give money to a second narrator for some of the chapters, certain chapters are no doubt going to be much higher. I wish I had $8,000 lying around because I feel Elysium Dreams is perfect and would make a great audiobook. Plus the demand for it is starting to rise. If someone were to offer me a contract just on audiobooks, I’d take it. So far, no one has, so I continue to try and think of the most cost effective way to make it happen.