I'm beginning to understand why authors lament about deadlines. They can be nerve-wrecking, especially for a first time author.
Although I don't have a publisher (I'm self-publishing my first novel), I chose to treat the whole process of publishing my book as a serious deal. I set deadlines for everything and I will say this much, it has taught me that procrastination is definitely, not an option.
I have two WIP (works-in-progress) that are nearing the finish. The first one is my novel, "Jewels," that is waiting on cover art and final revisions (not that there are many after six rounds of intense editing to find all the little grammatical and punctuation errors). The release date is February 19.
Then my second novel, "Werelove: Dusk Conspiracy," is being revised and checked over thoroughly because I will be submitting it to Amazon.com's "Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award" contest that they are hosting along with Penguin Books. The prize: a contract with Penguin Books. I thought, why not? So I'm going for it.
If you're a writer and interested, you can read about the contest rules here.