• Managing files and photographs is making you lose your mind . Make a Dropbox for each book chapter and place a copy of the master Word doc and copies of any potential photos in it . Copy the exact photo file names ( big _ plant _ 365 . jpg ) into the docs where they go so that it is easy , once the manuscript is in production , for the art department to find the photo .
Chapter files provide a place to store copies of potential photo candidates for chapters . If you ’ re scrolling through photos for a different project but find one that could work for a book section , copy it into that chapter file . Murphy ’ s law is that if you don ’ t copy it over , you won ’ t ever find it again when you need it .
• Your editor / contact is uncommunicative or sends you 12 separate emails about each chapter , for every chapter . Don ’ t be scared to keep emailing or calling if you have a burning question or , conversely , to ask your editor to consolidate questions into a single email . Everyone wants the book to get done and if you ’ re going to forget things if they come in 12 emails , say so . I repeat : The burden of communication is on you . If you ask a question and it isn ’ t answered , press on with writing and keep trying to get in touch with the editor .
• You ’ re going to miss your deadline . Stay in close contact with your editor during the last month or so before your deadline . Let them know what you ’ ve written , what ’ s left and if you think you ’ re going to miss the deadline and by how much .
In extreme cases where you are up against a hard deadline and still have a lot to write , you might consider bringing in a ghostwriter to help you . I have pinch hit for people and hired fellow GWA members to help me finish my books by checking plant names or writing glossary entries .
IT ’ LL ALL WORK OUT
Eventually the book will get done . Remember : You and your publisher are partners and you both want a quality finished product . Except in extreme cases , they are not going to fire you and make you give back your advance . Remain professional , don ’ t make excuses and stay in contact with your editor if you have an emergency . Procrastination does not count . Neither do holidays , plans to move , vacations or other pre-scheduled events that will make you late .
Katie Elzer-Peters is a writer , book packager , and marketer in the horticulture industry . She loves reading , running , and electronic dance music . Connect with her at www . thegardenofwords . com .
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