I hope that you plan to take some time off today since it is, at least in the US, Memorial Day. I’ve been keeping up a ferocious work schedule so I’ll be spending some time with my family today. That said, I had to tell an editor “no, I can’t have it ready that soon” to get this time off.
When an editor comes to you with a request, you don’t have to say YES to it as is. I have writer friends who have asked for more pay. I’ve refused to hand over certain rights. I’ve also asked for deadline extensions. The funny thing? When I ask for a bit more time, the editor generally gives me more than I requested. Fine. I’ll take it!
So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to spend another day off with my family.