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No rest for the weary. Or the writer.

(Edit: I just saw the cover for the Soul Screamers omnibus!!! It's a very bold color choice (my editor's words, but I agree) and I think you're going to love it! I'm gonna stare at it all day!)

So, remember last week, when I was so excited because I’d finished Before I Wake super-early and would have time to relax and let it sit before starting the rewrites? I had plans to binge-read and promote Blood Bound in a leisurely fashion. (I’m pretty sure doing anything in a leisurely fashion means eating bon-bons and sitting around in a satin negligee. I was looking forward to trying it.) Well, plans change.

Yesterday I got a revision letter and a marked up manuscript for Shadow Bound. Why yes, I did just turn it in five weeks ago. My editor is crazy-fast. The letter looked long, and I was a little overwhelmed, so I have to admit I didn’t read the whole thing right away. I skimmed it, but didn’t find a due date for the revisions, so I emailed my editor to ask when she’d need the revisions. She responded with a huge list of internal (to the publisher) due dates.

My head exploded. There are still bits of gray matter clinging to my monitor.

It turns out that in order to get galleys (ARCs) printed for Shadow Bound and Before I Wake, both have to be revised (and possibly edited) very soon. Mid-September for SB, and Nov 1 for BIW. And the new Soul Screamers novella has to be edited by the end of September.

Yesterday was one of those days when I have to just take a deep breath and think about how grateful I am to be employed in such a rough economy, and how extra-fortunate I am to be doing what I love for a living. Because I’m not going to have much time to breathe this fall. Unfortunately, this is all following a summer during which I wrote two full-length novels and the new Soul Screamers novella (okay, technically I’m not done with that, but it’s almost there).

So…no break for Rachel.

But back to the good news. About an hour ago, I sat down to fully commit to the Shadow Bound revision letter, expecting the worse. And it’s not that bad! I knew the book was flawed when I turned it in, but I didn’t know how to fix it, so having some direction is actually a huge relief. The revision schedule is a tight one, but I think I can do it. And the reward?

Back-to-back releases next summer. You’ll be getting Shadow Bound in June and Before I Wake in July of 2012. Between now and then, there will be Blood Bound, If I Die, the Soul Screamers omnibus, and the third Soul Screamers novella. Guess I better go finish that last one. ;)