I have set a revision schedule that has me polishing up The Dragon and the Pearl by the end of July. I don’t write clean and do a lot of work “post-op” in revisions, so two months seems pretty aggressive to me. Especially when national conference is right smack in the middle of that. This is when I’ll layer in extra sexual tension and character development, strengthen my mushy middle, and let the major themes emerge.
It makes me think of what happens when you’re actually published. I’ve heard of published authors who were asked to write whole novels in six months. Could I do that if asked? I don’t know!
So there is a blessing to being unpublished. I can write this story and just worry about my craft for a while.