AUTHOR: Artist, Unwavering, Tremendously Hard-working, Organized, Real.


This week I’ve baked two birthday cakes, packed twenty school lunches, cooked seven dinners, washed a gazillion clothes, fed the dog, cleaned the car, vacuumed the house, and I also walked into a cobweb by accident and became an instant karate master. 🙂 Yeah, that’s what my son said as he watched in awe, and I’m going with that.

On top of all that, I’m an author, an artist, unwavering, setting aside eight hours a day to write. I’m completely organized, not that you’d tell it from the piles of work sitting everywhere in my office, but I am. And lastly, I’m real.

All authors are. We have family to care for, usually a secondary job (because that pays the bills,) and a ton of other commitments, yet we’re tireless in our dedication to our craft.

This week that’s really hit home as I worked my butt off to finish line edits, and proof the galley of WARRIOR’s final file. In amongst that, I had another book going through its final round of content edits, and yet another going through pre-edits. My fabulous editor worked equally as hard as me, and the morning I received my book’s final files from my publisher, it was to discover all that hard work had paid off big time. My publisher notified me she’d moved WARRIOR’s release date forward by two months. Yes, two months, to September 2nd, and all due to being so ahead of deadlines. Yee-ha! It was totally unexpected, and it totally blew me away.

So, over the weekend I launched into promotion mode for WARRIOR’s upcoming release. I emailed files to YA reviewers and spent several hours creating a book trailer, although that’s just the beginning. Yep, those authors who’ve released books are right now nodding their heads. It’s a big job to promote, and it takes a lot of time. Time we’d rather spend writing.

But this participation in promoting our own work, whether authors go traditional, or self-publish is the reality for all writers. We not only have to write, but we have to promote and sell our work. We can’t get away from it. It’s the simple truth.

Which is the reason for this post. AUTHOR: Artist, Unwavering, Tremendously Hard-working, Organized, Real.

Click “like” on this blog post if you agree and you’re one of these AUTHORS.

Lastly, if you have a moment, take a look at the youtube video I created for WARRIOR. I had a ton of fun making it, and couldn’t wait to share it with you all.


Have a fabulous week. If you want to drop a comment, make sure you do. I love hearing from you all.


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26 thoughts on “AUTHOR: Artist, Unwavering, Tremendously Hard-working, Organized, Real.

  1. Great post. I felt exhausted just reading your post. I know what’s it’s like trying to juggle kids and housework and writing, so tiring! I am not organized though, which I need to try and start being so I can spend more time on my writing.

    1. Hey, Rochelle. I smiled when I read you were exhausted just reading the post. LOL. I certainly had no idea when I signed my first contract of the immense work involved, but it’s all totally worth it.

      I’m also lucky my four kiddies are now all at school. The moment they hop on the school bus, I’m like a rocket heading to my office. It’s my favourite place to be, where I can immerse myself in my writing. You have a great week, and thank you for the comment. I love hearing how you guys are. 🙂

  2. Well, I’m tremendously impressed with your work schedule! How many children? And a YouTube video too! Wishing you every success – you deserve it. Peter Clifford

  3. Hi Joanne, I’m not writing right now – I’m vidding (I go back and forth as the spirit moves me) but it’s still a balancing act between working around the house and working in the video editor. I’m not so organized, unfortunately. Go you for getting it all done. I’d like to say that your video is great! It looks like a video which I prefer over Power Point presentations that some authors use. Your transitions flow like a visual melody. It’s what I aim for in my own work. Good job!

    1. I love the videos I’ve seen of yours. This video I made was only my second, but they’re so much fun to put together. I can totally see why you love vidding, but oh boy, what a lot of work they are. I’m applauding your dedication to it. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  4. Wonderful post, Joanne, and definitely relatable. I go all ninja on any spider/insect/creepy-crawly I encounter! The trailer is fantastic! Congratulations on getting ahead of those deadlines 🙂

  5. Great post Joanne 🙂 I have yet to release a book and I love getting a sneak peek into what it will be like during the chaos of promotion. Congrats on getting your release date pushed forward! You have to be over the moon about all of your hard work paying off in such a big way!

  6. Congrats on your upcoming release, Joanne! Yay! It sounds like you’re hanging in there with all the hard work. And having a good attitude about it too. Good for you!

  7. Yep, I’m definitely one of those Authors, Joanne. And I do all that with aplomb as we all do. Although my karate comes more in the form of stop, drop and run… Yeah.

    But that is one awesome video. Congrats on the moved up release date!

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