"Writing is not for wusses."--Lynne Main
Call me naïve, but I'm surprised that a writer would shatter a deadline like this.When your proposal is accepted, the contract is signed, and money is paid, the job gets done on time. Period. If there are actual extenuating circumstances, you work 'em out with your agent\editor\publisher.If this is a common problem, I'm more surprised that publishers seem reluctant to sue . . .
A case of the artiste too precious for professionalism? Who knows, but I pray I'll never go the same route. Even writers need to understand the business end of professionalism.
Wow. That's like earning a part on Broadway, then not attending rehearsals or learning lines... know that you are going to get cut. Terrible.
@ Sarah W. You'd be surprised how often that happens. It happens frequently enough that it doesn't surprise anyone when it does.
@Joseph: Except for the naïve, one assumes. :P Lovely.
I'm surprised that a writer would shatter a deadline like this.Sometimes the issue is on the editorial side; it can happen that successive drafts of a manuscript get sent back as unacceptable to the writer over and over, with long delays in between.I have no idea what the situation is in this particular case, but blown deadlines are not always because the writer hasn't turned in a manuscript they felt was acceptable.
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