From Rags to Riches: The trouble with deadlines.

By Mike Jastrzebski

Readers of this blog know that I swore if my new book, Weep No More, was not finished by the first of November I was going to put it away and start work on the boat. The problem is, how could I do that when I was only a couple of weeks away from going live with the book?

My wife Mary has been editing the book over and over to clean it up for publication. It took a little longer than necessary, but I should be able to go live on Kindle by Monday or Tuesday of this week. I will then publish it on Pubit (Barnes and Noble), Smashwords, and in paperback with Createspace.

(Mary at work editing, 11/12/2011. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.)

This should take a couple of days, and then I will start on the boat. Our original plan was to work on the boat in November and December. At the end of December we wanted to pull the boat for a bottom job. We now plan to pull the boat at the end of January.

If you wonder how Mary and I feel about this; we want to go cruising ASAP, but we know we’ll need money and the books have been adding to the kitty every month. Sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, and I believe the secret to continued income from my books is putting out more books.

So next weekend I start on the boat but Mary will not start on the canvas at the same time. She’s taken on a paid gig editing Christine Kling’s newest book, Circle of Bones, which should be out before Christmas.

This is Mary’s first paid editing job, but not her last. Mary plans to hire out for line editing when we start cruising. Now that business can be conducted over the internet, she figures she’ll have time to edit other books while I write the next Wes Darling book.

She will not be setting up a web page until after the first of the year, but if you are interested in more information about her services feel free to write her through my web site. (mike at

It’s good to know that after the first of the year Mary and I will both be living the dream, or as the subtitle of this bog says: So you want to quit your job, move onto a boat, and write. As they say up in Minnesota where my new book is set, you betcha.

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About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.
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2 Responses to From Rags to Riches: The trouble with deadlines.

  1. Steve says:

    Hi Mike,

    I love to read your blog, especilly income report (it’s great inspiration for me). Are you gonna publish income reports for september and october?

    Best regards

  2. Thanks for reading the blog, Steve. I will be posting the sales and income figures for Sept. and Oct. next Monday the 21st.

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