For a working author itâ€™s often a good idea to write for two different publishers. In my case I write for Guideposts Books and Love Inspired Romance. That gives me an opportunity to write more books and earn more money per year than I might with one publisher, which is generally a good thing.
Here comes the â€˜butâ€™ â€”
Apparently there is some universal rule that when youâ€™re writing for two different publishers, the two editors (who probably donâ€™t even know each other) conspire to request revisions the same week. Thatâ€™s right. All at once youâ€™ve got two revision letters and week to revise two books. Ack!
To compound the problem, the two editors are now on the same schedule to send you the copy edited version of their respective manuscripts a couple of weeks later.
By the time you finish that double process, itâ€™s a miracle if you havenâ€™t accidently slipped Daniel, the hero from book A, into book B as the local pharmacist.
This phenomena closely resembles my husbandâ€™s frequent complaint that every time he starts to back the car out of the driveway, an entire parade of cars arrive to thwart his efforts.
I like writing cozy mystery continuities for Guideposts Books. (Watch for a new Secrets of Maryâ€™s Bookshop series coming out in early 2012; Iâ€™m writing book #3, Reading the Clues.)
Writing for Love Inspired Romance gives me a chance to tell my own stories, and thatâ€™s important to me. (Big Sky Family is a November 2011 release.)
Now, if I could just manage to keep the editors on alternate schedules, Iâ€™d be all set.