So, I’ve been slacking on blogging lately. I published “A Beautiful Mess” 13 days ago and over the weekend it hit the Amazon Best Seller’s list for Romantic Suspense. YAY! Anyway, Last weekend, I assembled a street team to help me promote “A Beautiful Mess” as well as the sequels to the series, “A Tragic Wreck” and “Gorgeous Chaos.” And these girls ROCK MY F’IN WORLD!!!!
So I put it out to them, what kinds of things they like to read about on their favorite authors’ blogs. And one of the recurring themes was “A Day in the Life of a Busy Author.” So that’s what I’m going to talk about today. What do I do every day and how do I juggle writing, networking, promoting, and my family. Well, that’s easy… I have the greatest husband in the world!
Most mornings, I’m up before 6 AM. I check my phone, frantically trying to update my spreadsheet for my street team to give them credit for all the pimping they were doing while I was sleeping. That’s always the first thing I do. Well, once I have a coffee in my hand thanks to my wonderful husband.
Then, I design a graphic for my street team to post around the web that day. It usually has a quote from “A Beautiful Mess” on it. Sometimes it’s foreshadowing, sometimes it’s sweet, and sometimes it’s downright sexy. Today’s is sexy.
I try to get a work out in, although that sometimes gets overlooked. These past few days it’s been dry dry dry out here in Cali and I’ve been waking up with a wicked sore throat. So a humidifier is in order so that I can get back to training for my next marathon which is October 13th in Long Beach, CA. And then I have another marathon the following weekend on October 20th (MY BIRTHDAY!!!) in San Fran. That one is the Nike Women’s Marathon. I love that race. At the finish line are some of San Fran’s hottest fire fighters handing you a little Blue Box containing a Tiffany’s necklace. LOVE IT!
Anyway, I digress. I then try to get some reviewing done of Book 2. I’m almost done with my one big review / edit before handing it over to my editor. I plan on reading it through one or two more times, but the next few times will be on my iPad instead of on my laptop. I find reading on my laptop is distracting, but when I’m doing a big review with lots of changes, it makes more sense.
All day long, I’m constantly keeping up with what my street team is doing, making sure they’re not bored and that I give them things to share and pimp out, should they so choose. They are such an enthusiastic group of women and in just the week since I’ve formed a street team my numbers have improved immeasurably. I should have formed a street team far before the release of my first book. Now I know better and we can really get the word out about “A Tragic Wreck” far in advance of its release date.
The hubs normally brings me breakfast up to my writing nook. When I first started writing, I would sit in the edit bays in our house with my laptop and write and edit there while I was working on other projects. (The hubs & I own a post-production / media management company. I work as a graphic designer / executive producer / video editor / staff attorney, although I really haven’t been doing much there lately.) Now, I moved my workspace into our bedroom so that I’m not too distracted with everything else going on.
These past few days have been a bit different, as the hubs has been working on the book trailer for “A Beautiful Mess.” So I’m constantly taking breaks from reviewing to take a look at what he’s been working on. We’re sooo close to being done and let me tell you, IT LOOKS FLIPPIN AWESOME!!! CHILLS CHILLS CHILLS!
As I edit, I’m also dealing with mundane tasks such as keeping our production company’s books updated, paying bills and invoices, as well as making sure I’m paying attention to my fantastic hound puppy! I’m also dealing with sending out promotional items and signing them as well. I usually listen to a playlist for the book I’m reading at the time to really help me feel the mood and the emotions of the characters. And then I run to the bathroom, needing a box of tissues. :-(
Around three o’clock, my hubs brings me my 3PM coffee. It’s a ritual. I have two cups in the morning and one cup at 3 PM. It helps me to not be as bad as I could be. I also try to do yoga at around 2 PM. Some of my greatest ideas have come to me while on that yoga mat. It helps me clear my head of all the promotional stuff that goes along with being an independent author.
Around 5, I move from my writing nook downstairs to our living room and plop on the couch, putting on some music, and keep reading, writing, revising, and editing. After an hour or so, I’ll start cooking dinner. I try to use the crock pot as much as possible, but like Olivia in my Beautiful Mess series, I don’t eat meat. There are quite a few vegetarian crock pot recipes, but not as many as you’d like. Regardless, my favorite kitchen appliance (besides my crock pot) is my rice cooker. I can set the brown rice in there and leave it, not having to worry about it. So tonight, dinner will be salmon, brown rice, and some zucchini. Quick and easy. Which is what I like.
Most days, I unfortunately don’t get to do as much work on my book as I wish I could. The promotional side of things now takes up most of my day. I’m probably going to be looking for an intern to start helping me wrangle my street team, as well as deal with the mailing and organizing of promotional items, as well as helping me deal with the social media aspect of being an author. That way I can focus on my books a little bit more.
So that’s it. A day in the life of an author….
Thanks for reading….
And here’s a few little snippets from “A Beautiful Mess” – available now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for just $.99!