Okay, okay, I admit it, the title of this blog is hyperbolic. Kind of. But let me explain why it’s not that far off the mark to say you really can’t—or at the very least, shouldn’t–live without it. Also, let me explain why I’m addressing something that Tamela addressed a mere 3 months ago.
So far this week, I’ve had no fewer than seven conversations with writers, agents, and editors, all of which hit on the same topic: finding out important information long after they should have. The conversations covered a broad range of information:
- An author calling to say s/he was going to miss a deadline—a week before the deadline.
- A client receiving an extension on a deadline from an editor
- A publishing house moving a pub date without letting the author know
- A book arriving with a cover that was completely different from what the author approved
My response in every case was utterly profound:
“Are you KIDDING me??”
So though Tamela addressed the following in March, let’s talk about it again. Because friends, this is important stuff. (And because you know who will address it next: Mr. Steve. And he won’t be as nice as Tamela and I are! <insert evil grin here>)