I am starting to realize how difficult it must be for professional writers to keep everything going all the time. We amateurs may think all they do all day long is sit and write, but really there is so much more going on than that.
Take my current list of projects and the associated activities.
- I have a book under contract. That means I will soon be doing revisions, marketing and promotion. The revisions seem straightforward enough, but the promotional and marketing elements could be huge. Interviews, blog tours, talking to book stores, getting all the various social media outlets setup.
- I am self-publishing a book. That means revisions, layout, getting cover art and, as above, all the promotional elements.
- I am revising GalaxyBillies for submission. I believe GB will find an audience even if I end up going the self-publishing route. At the moment I have to do the revisions and get it into a more presentable state to send out.
- I am still writing new stuff. I’ve got three other stories on the go and several that I want to write including a Novella/Novellette for podcasting (in the GalaxyBillies universe).
All this and I’m not even making a living at it. I’ve got to wonder how much the professionals have to do. I’m sure they do much the same as above, only MORE. It feels a little daunting.
When I split my attentions even further with family and work (both of which take priority, in case you are wondering), it feels like an even bigger challenge. I’m not complaining, mind you. Not EXACTLY complaining. I did chose this path for myself after all.
I’m curious to know what mechanisms you use to cope with the challenges? Chime in, I’d love to hear from you.