Erica here today.
Do you remember when Dorothy finally has the witch's broomstick, and she's brought it to the Wizard who told her that was the one way she could get back to Kansas? And then Toto pulls aside the curtain and you see a desperate little man pulling levers and pushing buttons?
That's not unlike the writer life. When you are a wide-eyed newbie, all you want is a peek behind the curtain of publishing. And you feel that once you have that first contract, once that first book releases, you'll be ushered into the hallowed behind-the-curtain-world of wonder and magic that is "Published Writer."
And when Toto sweeps aside the curtain, you find...
More Work Than You Ever Imagined.
Editing, marketing, social media, proposals, pub boards, writing, writing, writing, deadlines. You need bookmarks or postcards, a website, a newsletter, blog interviews, zoom interviews. There are press releases, publicity tours, headshots, and more.
Let me assure you, I am not complaining, I'm explaining.
|Jane and I in class at ACFW|
But it is a bit of a reality check. For example, my last month.
- Book due 9/2. Write like your hair is on fire. Ignore house, husband, and life to polish up ms and get it turned in on time. (Which I did.)
- Company coming 9/6. This is writing related because a couple of friends were driving to my house and staying overnight so we could leave early for the ACFW Conference the next day. Which means after neglecting my house in favor of my deadline, I now need to clean like a crazy woman, make sure the beds are made up, bathrooms clean, fresh towels, etc. Oh, and pack.
- Conference 9/7-11. Travel, classes, meetings, socializing. I had new headshots taken early on Sunday morning. I took a 5 hr class with James Scott Bell right off the mark at the conference, and my brain felt a little toasted the rest of the time. :)
- Internet TV Interview 9/14. A practice session during the day, then going live that night.
- Book Proposal going to Pub Board 9/15. Yay, the publisher liked the new proposal, and the next series is a GO!
- Book Launch 9/20. Millstone of Doubt released last week. This means lots of time on social media, thanking people for sharing about the book, for reviewing, for photographing your book in lovely settings for Instagram.
- Managing the giveaway/prize mailings...every day. Keeping track of group and individual giveaways, blog posts, places I said I would be, online and in real life.
That's a little taste of what happens when you are ushered behind that publishing curtain. I love it, but it can be daunting. I find using a planner and making lists helps, as does working out in advance strategies for getting through particularly busy times.
- Put things on the calendar. If you don't write it down, it won't happen.
- Let the dear husband know when a deadline is approaching and that you need his help with meal prep or quiet time.
- Do things ahead of time if you can. Schedule blog or FB posts. Review on Sunday what needs to be done for the next week so you don't get caught on the hop by something you forgot about.
- Work in some down time. You can't go at fever pitch forever. You will break down. Fit in some time to relax, to hang out with a friend, go for a walk, see a museum.
The life of a published author is more than I ever imagined, and way better in lots of cases. It's a job as much as a passion, and I find that preparing for the work helps me conquer it.
Regency London's detective duo is back on a new case--and this one is going to be a killer
Caught in the explosion of the Hammersmith Mill in London, Bow Street Runner Daniel Swann rushes to help any survivors only to find the mill's owner dead of an apparent gunshot.
Even though the owner's daughter, Agatha Montgomery, mourns his death, it seems there are more than a few people with motive for murder. But Daniel can't take this investigation slow and steady. Instead, he must dig through all the suspects as quickly as he can, because the clock is ticking until his mysterious patronage--and his job as a runner--comes to an abrupt and painful end. It seems to Daniel that, like his earthly father, his heavenly Father has abandoned him to the fates.
Lady Juliette Thorndike is Agatha's bosom friend and has the inside knowledge of the wealthy London ton to be invaluable to Daniel. She should be in a perfect position to help with the case. Still, her instructor in the art of spy craft orders her to stay out of the investigation. But circumstances intervene, dropping her into the middle of the deadly pursuit.
When a dreadful accident ends in another death on the mill floor, Daniel discovers a connection to his murder case--and to his own secret past. Now he and Juliette are in a race to find the killer before his time runs out.Best-selling, award-winning author, Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum. You can connect with her at her website, www.ericavetsch.com where you can learn about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/groups/inspirationalregencyreaders where she spends way too much time!