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Deadlines and Redlines!

Ever wonder what happens when an author gets edits? Be it from a critique partner or from an editor, there's a universal reaction. Dread. What did I do wrong? What did I goof up? Oh and what do I have to add to?

Now it's not all that bad. Sometimes it's not much. Sometimes it's more. For me, the mortal fear is I sent in a story that's totally wonky. It's a real fear. I don't mind adding or fixing, but man, seeing all that red can be daunting. 

Then there's the next issue...deadlines. I'm one of those people who like deadlines. I tend to set them for myself, then freak myself out when they get close. Why? Because apparently I'm anal retentive and structured. Something like that. But I need them. I need to know when to do things by and when to goof off. 

I like to goof off. Who doesn't?

So what do I do when edits and deadlines come up? Besides panic?

I write down when everything is due. If it's an edit, I try to have it back to the editor within two days or so. If it's something major, then a week. No longer than that. If it's a form, then that goes back the day I got it. But I love my editor, so it's not a huge deal. She asks  me to work, I work. I'm sure she loves it too because I get stuff in. 

Deadlines for story subs, I write down when they are then try to get the story in at least a day or two before...just in case something gets lots. You never know. Plus, cyberspace likes to eat my things sometimes. 

What about you? What do you do when you've got deadlines and red lines looming? I'd love to know!


 Here's a little bit from my latest release, and yep, there's a warning label on it. Grin 

Say you’ll haunt me, since I’ll never stop loving you.

Felicity Black never quite understood love. She worked her assets to get what she wanted and didn’t care who got in the way. Until she met John. He saw past her superficial self to the woman inside. Death separated her from John before she could tell him how she truly felt. Now she’s got her chance...just not in the way she expected.

John wanted Felicity to haunt him. She had been the only woman to stir not only his heart but his soul as well. But the woman claiming to be his lost love can’t be her... Felicity was dead. He has to decide whether to trust his gut or walk away from a new start.

Can a second chance at a first impression lead to love or a lifetime of heartbreak?

Reader Advisory: This story contains an out-of-body experience, voyeurism, spanking, rough sex, masturbation, and a chance for love to strike twice.
Available here! 

Want to know more about Wendi Zwaduk? Here you go: 

I always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University. 

I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. 

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