My book deadline is 10/1. I still have umpteen recipes to develop and all kinds of shit to write over the next three weeks.
It's not brain surgery—I know that. Nobody's going to DIE if my cookbook doesn't come out awesome(ly?). Except maybe the copyeditor. And my pride. But it does need to get done or I don't get paid and it doesn't get published. You can't have a fantastic first half of the book and then all blank pages for the rest. Sooner or later, your editor is going to catch on no matter how many well-crafted diversions you create:
Editor: Can you send me your final manuscript file again? There's no text.
Me: Oh, crap! Did I send the wrong file? Here you go...
Editor: It's still a blank document.
Me: That's weird. When I open it, I see 103 neatly typed pages complete with recipes. What do you see?
Editor: One. Blank. Page.
Me: What version of Word do you have again?
Editor: The same version I had three months ago. Do we have to go through this every time?
Me: Maybe you should check to make sure your text color is set to black and not white?
Soooooo, if anyone can test a recipe in the next two weeks, I would be immensely grateful!