The Most Stressful Time of the Year

stressAnyone who says Christmas is the most stressful time of the year has never had a book deadline. My book on world travel is due in less than 2 weeks and, to be quite honest, I’m not close to being done. At least, I don’t feel like I am. Other writers are telling me this stress is normal and everyone feels this way at one point but I’m not sleeping well, my eyes hurt from staring at my computer, and the book is taking up all my time. I wonder if this is what Bill Bryson goes through? I bet he is more organized than me.

I’ll make my deadline in time but it’s going to be a lot of work. I’m throwing everything and the kitchen sink into this book – probably more than I need to but I want to leave no travel tip unturned. This book is why you haven’t heard from me much the last few weeks and won’t until it’s finished.

This book has meant I haven’t been able to do the sightseeing in Cambodia I’ve wanted either. I skipped out on 3 days on a deserted island because I need to verify some prices on the Internet and there’s no Internet there. Or power. Depressing – there’s nothing I love more than an undeveloped island.

So there will be a trickle of posts and guest posts for a while but once the book is done, I have some great stuff coming. I have articles planned on Thai food, Cambodian daily life, an article on sex tourism in Thailand, Angkor Wat, my fears about going back home next month, and new ways to save money on the road. Expect a prolific March.

Lastly, I’d like to ask again that if you have used any of the companies I’ve recommended or any of my tips and they’ve helped you travel better and cheaper, I would like to hear from you.

There will be a section in the book quoting readers who have used my advice to improve their travels and I hope one of those readers is you! If you send me your thoughts, you’ll get a credit in the book for contributing. If you have a website, I will list your website too.

If you are interested in providing me a quote, e-mail me at:

[email protected]

Please title your e-mail “Nomadic Matt Book Quote”

So that’s my life right now – holed up in a hotel on the coast here in Cambodia writing away. I hope yours is considerably less stressful.

– Matt

  1. I feel that. I just released my first book last week and the last couple weeks were absolutely killer. Do you have a deadline via a publisher or is it self imposed? I ended up getting mine out about 4 months after I had originally intended. Oops!

    • I should have read the post you linked too first. Congrats on the book deal! You can do it! We’ll have to commiserate about writing sometime if we ever meet up.

  2. Go Matt go! Sounds like your doing the writing process correctly from what I’ve heard as well. Never wrote more than a blog post but watched my sister write an education book so have witnessed the blood, sweat, and tears that go along with it. I’ve heard it’s worth it, hope it is for you. On the other side, I’m looking forward to reading your book. Best of luck to you!

  3. I have my final exams coming up soon, so I think all university students can agree with you on the “most stressful time of the year” part!

    Drink lots of coffee, and remember, it’ll all be worth it in the end. Congrats on the book deal!

  4. Just a friendly bit of advice from another writer: Now is the time to remember that there will be an editor helping whip your book into shape. Don’t get bogged down in making it perfect when you’re this close to the deadline. Focus on getting your ideas down as clearly as you can!

    Best of luck to you!


  5. i think it’s normal to be stress especially if the big day is coming so fast. a lot of people are experiencing panic when the deadline is coming and you tend to feel that you won’t be able to finish it on time geez i hate that feeling.

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