Notes From the Trenches: Holy Annual Deadlines, Batman!

It’s that time of year again to bust out your favorite thriller or mystery novel for some good old beach reading! It’s also time for summer blockbusters to drain my bank account. Interestingly enough, this article’s beginning sounds like something out of a movie trailer:

In an age when reading for pleasure is declining, book publishers increasingly are counting on their biggest moneymaking writers to crank out books at a rate of at least one a year, right on schedule, and sometimes faster than that.

My mentor, the great Blanche Boyd, has often told me that writers, sometimes, simply cannot bring themselves write without a hard deadline… but this is kind of ridiculous! Check it out!

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