Stuff About My Work

Regarding work… I’m back into some frustrating projects and poking around for something more interesting.

I have a book that should die but won’t. I’m probably not going to make any more money on it, despite the fact that it looks like it will drag on for another month, preventing me from taking on projects. I think it’s a case of the publisher having a desperate need to throw good money after bad; They’re just crossing their collective fingers and hoping it all works out. In the process, they will drag a handful of very dedicated, very burned-out people through the ringer, AGAIN.

I also have a book that is so, so painfully slow to get rolling, it’s killing me. Of the three “partners,” only two of us are doing any substantial work. (At least I wasn’t the schmuck who got saddled with the last big chunk of work. I skipped off to Hawaii while J did it.) Remind me why my royalties don’t match those of Dingy? How did that work again?

I have a strategy guide to edit, which should be a slam dunk. At least that one doesn’t (at this moment) appear to have any unusual hurdles waiting on the horizon.

Finally, I may be about to step into editing fiction. I’m bidding on a novel right now and the author would be my client. That’s very scary, because I generally avoid working for individuals, especially first-time authors. Authors can be a huge pain in the ass, and you never know if you’re going to get stiffed. So I’m reading his book proposal and a bunch of sample text and wondering if I really have what it takes to edit fiction. I’ve always wanted to, but haven’t broken into that field yet. I would like to get my foot in the door.

I’m raising my rates soon.

One Response to “Stuff About My Work”

  • kimkimkaree
    January 19, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    That’s exciting baout the book, though! Get a deposit and a contract. So when is your first children’s book coming? Teehee.


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