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What To Do When You Miss A Writing Or Publishing Deadline | Writer’s Relief

Writer’s Relief knows there are two kinds of deadlines in a writer’s life: those you set for yourself, and those literary agents or editors set for you.

If you ignore your own self-imposed deadlines in favor of sleeping in a few extra minutes every day, you only have yourself to answer to.

But if you miss a writing or publishing deadline set by an agent or editor, it could derail your writing career. So what should you do when you suddenly glance at your watch, gasp, and realize you’re late?

7 Tips For Handling A Missed Deadline With Grace And Professionalism

Take the blame. You might be tempted to point to your editor’s unreasonable expectations or unexpected occurrences in your life, but editors and literary agents will appreciate it when you take responsibility.

Offer an explanation. Do you have a good reason for missing your deadline? Literary agents and editors want to be supportive of your writing: grant them the chance by giving them a legitimate explanation. Without passing blame or making excuses, briefly state the reason for missing your deadline.

Ask for a specific extension. Editors and agents have printers, coworkers, and bosses to answer to, so give them hard facts they can pass along. Let your editor and/or agent know exactly how much more time you need to meet your writing obligations.

Demonstrate understanding of the larger issues in play. Your deadline lapse may have a ripple effect and make other people’s jobs more difficult. So you may want to apologize for making your agent or editor’s life unnecessarily complicated.

Make the call. While your go-to means of communicating about your manuscript may be email—in this case, a phone call may be required to smooth ruffled feathers.

Be willing to take unconventional steps. Let your editor or agent know you are open to suggestions about how you might ameliorate any damage caused by you bungling the deadline. Perhaps your editor would be willing to start on the first half of your manuscript while you keep working on the second half.

Say thank you. Offer a sincere expression of gratitude to both your editor and agent for understanding.

The Best Way To Handle Deadline Drama…Is To Avoid It Entirely

If you take on a deadline, be sure you have realistic expectations of your own writing goals. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Calculate how many words you’ll need to write or revise every day to arrive at a rough estimate for a feasible timeline. Then, give yourself 15% padding—to allow for unforeseeable complications. If your projected numbers don’t match your editor’s deadline expectations, negotiate your due date ASAP—before it’s too late.

Click here to learn 11 tips that will help you stay on track when you’re writing on a deadline.

 

Question: Have you ever blown a deadline? How did you handle it?

12 Tips To Help You Stop Procrastinating—Right Now! | Writer’s Relief

Writer’s Block may be more well-known as the archenemy of authors, but procrastination is Writer’s Block’s sneaky sidekick—and is just as unwelcome in a writer’s life. The tasks that we don’t enjoy (like researching literary markets or writing a synopsis) often get pushed to the back burner, where they can languish for weeks and cause… Continue Reading

The Submissions Checklist Every Writer Should Use | Writer’s Relief

Ready to submit your creative writing to literary magazines and to literary agents? The submission strategy experts here at Writer’s Relief have created the essential checklist you’ll need to prepare submissions that will get results. The Creative Writing Submissions Checklist Every Writer Needs: ✅ Identify your best manuscript/poems. If you’re submitting short prose or poetry,… Continue Reading

Five Mistakes Writers Make When Setting Their Writing Goals | Writer’s Relief

Writing is one of those pursuits where you’re pretty much in charge of your own schedule. There’s no employee manual, no time card, no boss breathing down your neck, pushing you to get that novel finished (unless you’re lucky enough to have a publisher waiting for book #2!). This makes the writing life attractive for… Continue Reading

Where Does Your Time Go? How To Create A Time Budget For Your Writing Career | Writer’s Relief

Writers are responsible for all aspects of their writing career—marketing, promotion, accounting, research—and of course, the actual writing! Writer’s Relief knows it can be hard to find time to get everything done. When most people think “budget,” they’re thinking about their finances. But for writers who are struggling to find more time in a day,… Continue Reading



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