Hi everyone. Most of the buyers I work with are returning customers. We’re working on a few chapters at a time of their novels. I’ve always submitted work early as soon as I’ve finished it, sometimes even a week early. It takes us two weeks to get paid after all, so I like to get the money in my account ASAP.
Recently my workload has been a little overwhelming so I’ve been finishing orders but waiting until a day or two before the deadline before submitting them. Buyers have noticed this and are messaging me 3-4 days before the deadline asking me how it’s going and how many words I have left. I feel this is a little pushy, but I get it - in the past they’ve gotten their work early, so they might be wondering what’s happened this time.
I’m explaining that my workload is crazy and reassuring them that they’ll still get their work on time, but it’s uncomfortable for me. Since they’re returning buyers they often make orders for the next chunk of work as soon as the order is complete so my workload never goes down. Is it unfair of me to suddenly deliver closer to the deadline than before? Anyone else in a similar situation and if so, what did you do?