I ended 2018 exhausted.
How’s that for an opening line, eh?
But it’s true. From November 4th until December 12th I had three brand new books released and was so wrapped up in promoting them, doing book tours, and fulfilling all my blog obligations to myself and other authors, that I had no time to truly enjoy the releases as I’d done with past ones. The circumstances that led to 3 books at one time ( plus my inclusion in a Holiday Anthology) was a perfect storm of creativity, publisher time schedules, and the season-specific stories I wrote.
That this all came to fruition around the busiest time – typically – of the year for me was another factor in my fatigue- both mental and physical. I can probably even add spiritual. By the time January 1 rolled around I wanted a redo on the previous month.
Well, since I don’t have a time machine, we all know that wasn’t gonna happen.
With 2019, I decided to switch things up a little bit for me, career-wise. I currently have no books on the publishing schedule for 2019. I know that’s gonna change at least once, as soon as I finish book 2 in my bridal series, but that’s it. And that’s horrible. The reason I’ve got nothing going into production is because I spread myself too thin and too wide in 2018. I blogged 5-6 times per week, plus did numerous blog tours for all my books. In addition I attended 5 conferences and all the travel that went along with them and amped up my Netgalley reviews. The daily social media promotion that went along with all those books – because you gotta sell ’em – also wore me down. In the long run, all of that etched away at my personal writing time.
Before 2018 I used to write a minimum of 1000 words every morning before I did the adulting stuff that needed tending to like laundry, exercise, etc. I stopped doing that in 2018 and started letting life and business and other things intrude on that writing goal. Not anymore.
With the New Year comes a new attitude and desire to get myself back to doing what I love more than anything: write.
So. Now, there have been a few changes made:
- I’m only blogging 2-3 times per week MAX! Promise
- I’m cutting down on my netgalley “asks” and trying to get just one book per week read and reviewed.
- I’ve gone back to that 1000 word minimum before I leave the house.
- I write all my blogs on Sunday now ( just like I am right now) so all I have to do is schedule them and let them fly.
- I’m attending 2 conference this year instead of 5 – RWA in NYC in July and Fall In Love in New England in October.
I’m not abandoning my writing sistahs in all this. If they have a new book releasing or a sale going on, I will continue to promote them because I fully believe our strength lies in our commitment to one another, so no worries there.
But, I’m taking Peggy writing time seriously. Like, wicked seriously.
Find your bliss today, peeps, and let your beauty shine.
And you know I’m always here, so no worries on that front, either:
and here’s the link to my TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DAMN BOOK podcast interview, just in case you missed it: TMAYDB