Sunday, 7 October 2012

A race against time

Sorry you haven't heard from me for so long, but I am writing like a demon, trying to finish the book by Tuesday so there will be time for final tweaks before the Friday deadline. I was just steaming away when I hit a brick wall (sorry about the mixed metaphors) and realised that, in altering my synopsis to end Book 1 on the note he wanted, the commissioning editor has completely wrecked my plot by making something that should have been teased out until the autumn (in the book, that is), happen in July instead, leaving one of my characters with nothing to for the next six months!

I have just emailed him (hope he'll be in the office tomorrow), suggesting the only thing I can think of, which is that her flight gets cancelled and she has to come back instead of flying off to Brazil - which is the thing that shouldn't take place till the autumn, after the plot strand involving her long-distance romance has been teased out. It all worked so much better in my original book, before I had to change everything around and relocate a whole plot section from Italy to Rio. Oh dear...

3 comments:

Jacula said...

What a pain! I hope you get it sorted.x

Perovskia said...

Pain, indeed. Do they know what they're talking about and asking of you to change so many things? How do THEY know what's in YOUR mind about YOUR book? Bloody sods.

Having said that, you're a pro.. and I have confidence you'll figure out something just fine :)

hydra said...

I am soldiering on. Have reached the last chapter!