I am here today to represent for the “night owls.” Night is good. it’s quiet. No texts. Almost no email. No phones.
Even though Bell Bridge Books has exploded in the last few years, I’m still a very hands-on kind of Publisher. I rarely have any of the folks here screen my email. That means I’m sometimes answering email in those wee, quiet hours of the night if I haven’t had a chance to keep up with it during the day. I like hitting “send/receive” with very little chance of increasing the emails waiting for answers. (Don’t you hate it when you send email only to see 40 emails slam your inbox and none of them are spam?)
But the night owl habit isn’t caused by email or workload. Night just happens to be better for me. It’s simply the way my circadian rhythm rolls. I’ve been lucky enough in my life to have had control over my schedule in a way that not everyone has. When I wrote for Bantam for a living, I tried every trick in the book to make myself a “daytime” writer. But the reality was I could write more pages between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. than I could all day.
I’ve also been one of the fortunate (?) people who can run on less sleep. Give me 5 hours and I’m good to go.
I’ve been this way since I was a teen. My parents gave up. My grades were good. You can’t fight city hall, and you can’t fight circadian rhythm. Well, you can, but it’s really hard and really irritating to run on someone else’s clock.
Our office hours are not crack-of-freakin’-dawn. An 8 a.m. start time only contributes to traffic congestion. We’ve taken a page out of LA’s playbook and delay our start time.
If you ran the world, how would you arrange the schedule? Would we work mornings, take a siesta and then work the afternoon? Would we all work nights? Are you an early riser who jumps into the day? Everyone has a personal clock and writers tend to be very aware of theirs.
QUICK NEWS FLASH BEFORE WE FOUND OUT IF WE ARE ALL NIGHT OWLS OR MORNING GLORIES: For readers who loved my category romances, they are going to be reissued by Random House! I’m one of the launch books for the new Loveswept line. In addition to the classic reissues, they will be doing original ebook only titles in the line. Sue Grimshaw is at the helm. I’ve seen the cover and all I can say is, “Yummy!” So, for those of you who’ve been asking, “Yes, those books are finally going to be available.”