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Julie-Allyson Ieron

Editors have pages to fill. You want to fill those pages, but your words will never get there if you can’t meet the Triple-D – the drop dead deadline. In publishing, the deadline rules.

If your article doesn’t arrive on time, the editor’s pages will still be filled. Just not by you. They’ll be filled by someone who can meet, or beat, a delivery date.

You want a reputation for meeting the Triple-D, but it takes planning—and sometimes Olympic-level gymnastics.

Your reputation, your promise
As one business professor taught me, it’s about integrity—always delivering what you promise and never promising more than you can deliver. Once you agree to a date, do whatever it takes to meet it, or drop dead trying.

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Whatever it takes
The tightest deadline I’ve undertaken was a three-books-in-three-months contract. Yes, that was nuts! But I got the manuscripts to the editor on time. I wrote in airports, waiting rooms, even the cancer ward as my dozing friend received a transfusion. I met my promise—the deadline.

An editor was depending on me. Will editors see you as a Triple-D writer? It’s up to you.

Guild Mentor Julie-Allyson Ieron is celebrating 25 years as an author, writing coach, editor, and conference speaker. Premiering this fall is The Julie-Allyson Ieron Bible Reference Collection on WORDsearch 9.0. Visit her website at or her devotional blog for caregivers at:


  1. says

    I come from a social-service,-foster-children-need-you-right-now kind of back ground and I just can’t imagine doing it any other way.

    Thank you for the encouragement to maintain the integrity.

    • Michael Ehret says

      As Julie says in her article, “the deadline rules.” Writers need to learn to respect it–and not just with their editors. Integrity isn’t compartmentalized.

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