A Day in the Life of an E-Published Author
An average day of writing, one without interruptions and everything flows in sync with all that is good and grand in my world (flowery words meaning – ‘if I’m lucky I’ll get a few things accomplished today’).
I set up my author interview blog posts weeks in advance and schedule them to air at 12:01 AM on the date promised to the author. So, I’ll talk about a typical day I have an author interview on my blog, (which most weeks is two postings).
As soon as I’m up (5:30 – 6:00 AM) I’m on the computer writing up the announcement for my featured guest author. It’s necessary to do this early for the best viewer results. I post that announcement to at least twelve – fifteen yahoo groups, She Writes, Face Book, and possibly Good Reads (just learning how to do this), which takes me about half hour. I also check my publisher’s yahoo groups.
Time to exercise, eat, shower, dress – my four-legged buddies were fed the moment I rose out of bed, little beggars, or I’d get no peace at my computer.
Now’s the time I make my priority list, if I don’t, I’m lost chasing my tail by visiting all kinds of blogs, She Writes, FB, LinkedIn, Good Reads…making friends and comments.
My publisher, Lea Schizas, suggested the To Do List and breaking it down by prioritizing, what needs done today? Tomorrow? Next week? In a month? This list changes everyday…things shift into a new place.
A typical list shows the due date of any item if I know it, like this:
5-1 – I’m a guest on Danielle Ravencraft’s Blog, plan to check in often,
5-22 – Write up interview questions for Elaine Bergstrom (Bewitching Book Tours), e-mail them
5-22 – Blog post for Ginger’s Blog, e-mail to her, my air date is 6/14
5-22 – Blog post due for Muse It Up Blog – Essay on Mother’s Day
Other things that might go on my priority list and I would attach a date if I can:
If I’m taking a workshop (which I do often) I would check into my lesson and work on that also.
If I received anyone’s interview responses – I set up my blog and schedule it to air on a specific date.
I’ve been working on character sketches and need only a little more research for the second book in my Lycan Series – I’m ready to begin the first chapter and time it out to write within a month and a half (at 50,000+ words, like NaNoWriMo – only a bit longer) – so, I figure 840 words a day or more. I’m one of those authors who edits as I write…so it does initially take me longer to write the first draft.
Along with this schedule, I critique and proof for a couple author friends – and when they send me something, I always fit it in…because they always find time to fit mine in. This would be a list changer for me, shuffling priorities.
I fit in edits needed for any of my contracted work. This would be a list changer.
AND, sometimes, I need a short break from my longer work and begin on a shorter submission – this somehow recharges me for the longer work.
I also do book reviews, so fit reading in somewhere during my twenty-four hours.
As I complete each task, I cross it off. After all that’s what it’s all about…crossing it off. I might even do a mini celebration after a real toughie is finished, like read something fun for a while. Actually – I’d most likely do something with my husband so he remembers who I am.
Writing is a job, although one I dearly love and would die without doing it, but a job just the same. I’m evolving in my schedule, setting my priorities, figuring my best time frame, and battling through interruptions. Sometimes it feels overwhelming because it honestly is never ending.
I admit, I’m consumed…maybe even obsessed with all aspects of writing, but there are so many that I can’t stop myself from sponging up all I can. And still, I’m dealing with priorities because I can’t be everywhere at once;)
Besides the submission writing (books, short stories) there’s always marketing – which I didn’t really get into very deep here, but remains part of my day…and not considered an interruption anymore. *grins*
If you’re a writer reading this, do you have any writing schedule tips? If you’re a reader, do you have any tips on how you stay on task?
Thank you for having me on your blog today, Ginger. I enjoyed my little rants.
Have a wonderful day everyone,
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