Meredith Duran, I have a deadline. I’ll grant you have no reason to have been aware of this. But Meredith Duran, I signed my name to a contract promising to deliver a full manuscript to my editor by a not-so-very-far-off date, and in addition to this I have certain Promotional Efforts on which to embark, and any day now I expect to be confronted with copy edits for my first book, and all in all, it is a most inconvenient time for me to contend with the outrageously alluring distraction of a brand-new book by you, Meredith Duran.
I went to the Barnes & Noble today on legitimate business, which took me legitimately into the heart of the Romance section, where I sent one careless glance to the D part of the New Releases shelves, just to assure myself that Wicked Becomes You was sold out and I couldn’t get a copy even if I wished.
It was not sold out. There was one copy left. One pristine copy and it was glowing, faintly, the way only the last-in-stock of something can do.
I have a Target Daily Word Count, Meredith Duran. I have a spreadsheet that re-calculates that Target Daily Word Count based on actual figures that I input each day, and this spreadsheet strongly suggests I cannot afford to lose time right now to reading your book, re-reading the best parts, and then lying around in an unproductive funk as I contemplate the gulf between your writing ability and mine, while morosely consuming off-brand cheese curls.
But the fact is I blacked out at the Barnes & Noble, or something, and came to with Wicked Becomes You in my bag and on my receipt. So perhaps you think you have had the better of me.
But listen, Meredith Duran: I bought that book twelve hours ago and I have not yet so much as looked at the back-cover copy. Do you know why? Because I have locked it in my DESK. My desk at WORK, Meredith Duran. And that is just where it will stay, glowing faintly at me every time I open that drawer, until I feel I can give it the attention it demands without jeopardizing my deadline.
Which I expect will be right about the time you release your next book.