I wanted to write a little post here about my first two weeks as an accomplished self-published author. First I will start by saying the feeling of accomplishment after working diligently to get my book out into the world in the past six months is exhilarating. Secondly, I will openly state that writing the book was the most fun part and if you think editing and revisions and book covers and formatting isn’t a small feat compared to writing, it doesn’t end there.
As writers we are constantly working our brains and are seldom found without a pen in hand for a fleeting thought that may cross our minds when we are perhaps doing something completely off topic, yet we must be prepared to grasp the moments when those juicy morsels of thought come our way. For me, when I am absorbed in some of life’s daily matters, the ideas and thoughts about my new book(s) I am writing and ideas are always on the backburner in my brain, anticipating when whatever it is I have to do at the moment can be done so I can get back to writing.
But writing a new book cannot have all your attention because we also have to keep up with the babysitting of our first book. Our work is never done. If we are adamant about our book being shared in the world, it is also our job to work on exposure for that book, thus marketing and promotions. These are all time consuming parts of the business that we must learn and adapt to and keep up with the trends so we can direct our energies to what methods are a best fit for our works and genre. And so, the life of a writer is a constant. If we are serious about our work there are no vacations, okay we can take vacations but I know when I had two little getaways this past year, my laptop came with me as well as my kindle full of ‘must read’ material. But I do believe everybody needs a break sometime, so if we can prioritize our time wisely and still find some time to have fun, we can rejuvenate ourselves and also being on vacation can open up a new part of the brain to some new experiences which every writer knows is a dream come true.
Everyone tends to form their own schedules what works best for them but for me, I find I can’t stay away from writing too long because I’m afraid it will either make me lazy or I get overwhelmed with the amount of work I’ll have to catch up on if I leave it too many days. So I strive to get something done everyday so I don’t get backlogged. My social life has shrunk exponentially this past year as my days are spent attending to life matters and writing and by night I trade up for my social media and marketing hats. Life of a writer….I love it, thrive in it and I am driven to learn this business and succeed!
On another note, I am over the moon with the reviews my book has been receiving, especially since it has only been two weeks and I am pretty much an unknown author to the cyber world. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank so many of you out there for supporting my efforts and getting my book and giving me inspiring feedback. For those of you who haven’t had a chance or perhaps were hesitant on taking a chance on reading my book, I’d like to let you all know in advance here that my book Conflicted Hearts will be making its first ‘FREE’ debut on Amazon this Friday January 10th! Yup, you are getting the scoop here first! So for those of you who have been sitting on the fence, please don’t hesitate to take advantage of this ‘One Free Day’ on Friday and if you like the book please don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon and feel free to drop by here and comment to me.
Thanks for your kind support!