Before I became an author, I never realized all of the various aspects that went into being an author. I thought I’d write one book send it off and then start on the next. My life would be filled with writing one beautiful, touching story after the next.
However, after releasing a novella and my 7th book in December and now having another novella and books 8, 9, and 10 slated to release this year, I’ve realized that my job as an author involves a LOT more than just the writing.
I thought it might be insightful to give you a peek behind-the-scenes at what an author’s typical work week/month might look like. Obviously this peek won’t be representative of all authors. We all have different workloads depending upon the number of books we write and the publishers we have.
However, the commonality is that being an author requires a great deal of multi-tasking. To give you an idea, here’s a slice of my writing life right now.
First I’m in the middle of what are fondly (or not so fondly!) known as “rewrites” for my book releasing in October. This is the macro editing stage where in-house editors make suggestions on ways to make the story better. Writers have to chop scenes that don’t work, add new ones that do, change characters to make them fit better, and strengthen themes or plot points or anything else that needs fixing on a bigger level.
These edits can take me anywhere from two weeks to a month depending upon how many suggestions my editor gives me. These kinds of changes are time-consuming and intensive, and they require a lot of thought, focus, and diligence.
While in the middle of this intense editing process, I’m in the beginning stages of marketing my Young Adult medieval romance, An Uncertain Choice, which is releasing March 3. I’m starting to develop my influencer list/launch team (for more information, you’re welcome to check out the application process). I’m also busy writing up articles, blog posts, letters, and other material that my publicist will send out to help promote the book. I’m planning contests, giveaways, and doing lots of brainstorming to help the release go off with a bang!
The prequel novella, The Vow, releases soon! [update: It’s NOW available!] It sets the stage for An Uncertain Choice, introduces the characters, and hopefully is an exciting story in and of itself. As it releases, I’m gearing up to promote it as well.
Then of course, I’m also delving into planning my next book. I’m gathering ideas, doing some preliminary research, and passing ideas along to my editor. The process involves some back and forth communication, talking with my agent and getting her advice, and then narrowing down the best ideas. There’s subtle pressure to stay on top of the process so that I can leave enough time to get all the research and writing done by the deadline.
In the midst of all the bigger projects demanding my time, I try to keep up with writing blogs not only for this blog, but also for my personal blog that’s geared toward writers. I try to stay on top of responding to emails. And of course, I love interacting with readers on social media and so make time for that as well.
As you can see, 2015 has started out very busy for me! And as you can also see, none of my time so far this year has been spent actually writing a new book. In fact, that won’t happen for quite a few more weeks (until I’m done researching for the next book).
The writer’s life is definitely different than I ever imagined it would be. There’s definitely not much time to kick back and nap in the hay loft. But I can honestly say I wouldn’t trade being an author for anything!