It came together fast. Perhaps too fast. The proposal and contract for a new book, that is. It took all of a couple weeks to go from a 1-page concept to signed contract.
Most authors would rejoice at that kind of speed, and indeed I did. The problem was that under ordinary circumstances, the publisher would take a year to get the book out. Crazy, right?
So I said, “No way. It’s gotta be a Spring release. May/June, latest.” My editor said, “Ok. We need the script November 1.”
Careful what you wish for…it was September 16. That gave me all of about 45 days to write a book, of which I had written less than half of what would eventually become the Introduction.