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.