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Top 10 Things I’m Going to Do Now That My Sequel Has Been Published

Those of you who have published a book know how many long, arduous months go into preparing it for publication. For me, only the few priorities in daily life get done during that time and everything else gets pushed aside to a later date. Even though I took the time to celebrate the release of Prism with family and friends and I’m currently in the promoting/marketing stage, my stress level has decreased drastically and I have more time in my day for real life. So I thought it would be kinda fun to list off all the things that I’ve been putting off for the last six months and maybe it would help focus me so I could accomplish them all before I got too busy with my next writing project.

 
Here Are the Top 10 Things (in no particular order):

 
1) Catch up on my blog. I have a backlog of blog topics. My problem is not that I don’t have ideas for blog posts, I write plenty of them. My problem is that I don’t have the time to read back through them, edit and polish so that they’re suitable for posting on my blog. I hope to start posting them regularly this summer, especially about my creative cakes!  Yes, I’ve been baking!

 

2) Redbox. I’m going to catch up on all the DVDs I’ve been wanting to rent, especially since summer started. I haven’t had time for much entertainment lately.

 

3) Clean out my closet of clothes. Having had two kids in the past five years, I have all sizes of clothes clogging my closet: pregnancy clothes, post-pregnancy clothes, my pre-pregnancy clothes I’ve been holding onto and now that I fit into them again, I find that they are outdated and not worth wearing. Most of my clothes need to be donated to Goodwill. Once there’s more room in my closet, I can start the arduous task of buying new clothes. Shopping doesn’t come naturally to me, at all.

 

4) Make a really nice dinner for my husband. The preparation of dinner undoubtedly has fallen near the bottom of the priority list and I’ve fallen into a rut of cooking fast meals like hot dogs, frozen fish fillets, spaghetti, frozen potstickers…you get the idea. It’s time for something special.

 

5) Create more storage space on my cell phone. I’m horrible at deleting the pics and videos I take on my cell phone since they automatically download to my computer (but it’s not set to automatically delete them once the download is complete, mostly because I’m a tad paranoid. I might have to update that setting though). For the past few weeks I haven’t been able to take any pics on my cell because it’s too full. Definitely time to free up some room.  I also need to free up some space on the hard drive of my laptop.  Haven’t had a spare second for that either…

 

6) Potty train my son.  It is something that is time sensitive and requires mom (that’s me) not to be distracted by the myriad of things that have to fall into place in order to have a book published.  Now that I’m less distracted, I’m ready to give him my full attention, get him out of diapers and make my husband one very happy dude (diapers are expensive!).

 

7) Finish unpacking! We moved a year ago and I still haven’t hung up all of the framed family photos. With kids and writing and everything else going on, it just hasn’t been a priority. My younger self would be shaking her head at me!  I hate bare walls!

 

8) I’m always doing crafts but I’m not organized at all, so there are bags of this and bags of that—EVERYWHERE! Well, not everywhere, just in the guest room and when we do have an overnight guest, I throw the bags into several plastic storage totes. Afterward, I can’t find anything! Very frustrating. I just need to get organized and life will become so much simpler.

 

9) Make time to try out all the new recipes my daughter thinks look interesting. I’m grooming her to be a fantastic baker and cook in hopes that I won’t have to step foot in the kitchen ever again. It’s a diabolical plan, I know!

 

10) Finish the baby book I’m making online for my son who is two and a half years old. I’m also auntie to some smart and amazing nephews and nieces and I’ve done baby books for each of them over the years. I’m also very excited to meet #6 and #7 which means more baby book making is in my very near future!

 

That about sums it up. For those authors out there, what do you do after you publish a book?

 

 


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It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

Every writer is different and each one has a unique process that works for them.  This post is about my process.  I’ve completed three novels over the past six years and with each one, I naturally fell into a routine that worked well for me.  I usually start working on a novel at the beginning of the year in January and I have the bulk of it completed by late August.  From September to November, I edit and polish it.  By Thanksgiving, the manuscript is in the hands of my close circle of friends/family who give me their impressions.  From Thanksgiving until New Year’s, I take a much needed break from writing/editing and devote my time to preparing for the holidays, holiday shopping, my kids’ birthdays and all of the 1001 things I tend to put off during the year while I’m immersed in writing.

But this year was different:  I spent the first half of the year preparing my novel, Luminous for publication and editing it over and over, countless times.  I was also working with my graphic designer on the cover, going through the self-publishing process for the first time, establishing an online presence in the form of my website and social media sites, promoting the book at a local convention and a myriad of other tasks to establish my marketing platform.  My head is still spinning!  Since the Luminous ebook was released in mid-August, I’ve been feverishly researching promotion avenues as well as preparing the paperback for release.  Still, the best thing an author can do to promote their first novel is to write another one and publish the polished, edited, shining example of your work as quickly as possible.  With that in mind, I’m feeling pretty comfortable since I have the sequel, Prism, completed and waiting for the final polish for ebook publication.  The book that has me a little nervous is the third novel in the series because I refuse to publish the sequel until I have a decent, completed draft of the third book waiting in the wings.

With that said, National Novel Writing Month is November.  How fortuitous!  By accepting the challenge of NaNoWriMo to write 50,000 words in 30 days, I’ll be giving myself the best Christmas gift this year–peace of mind knowing that my third novel in the Psyne series is completed and that I can proceed with publishing the sequel on schedule for release in May 2014.  Since I’ve been spoiled with writing my novels over a 10 month period of time in the past, this will be quite the challenge for me but I thrive under structure and I’m hoping this is just the boost I need to focus so I can complete my third novel.  It’s time to leave my past behind.  I’m not merely a writer aspiring to publish anymore.  Now I’m a published author with fans to think of and I need to supply them with what I know best–my Psyne!  I’ll keep you posted on my progress come November and I wish all the best to my fellow WriMos!  May the Muse be with you!


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A Writer’s Near Death Experience…

Luminous on table

Last Friday, I experienced the kind of day all writers look forward to:  the day they finally get to hold the book they’ve worked so hard on in their very hands!  It was delivered in a flat brown box via FedEx and opening it up was surreal.  Looking at Luminous manifested in book form for the first time was one of the most magical moments of my life.  To have something that started as a tiny speck of inspiration in my mind so many years ago and to see it take shape in this world…for it to go from the mists of the imagination to the solid compilation of pages, words can’t describe.  In many ways, I had a near death experience because in those few moments, all the years I’d worked on creating the Psyne Universe flashed before my eyes.  Finally, all that work had paid off and Luminous was in book form as it was always meant to be.  To make the memory complete, I had the privilege of showing my toddler the back page of the book and when I asked her who was in the picture on the Author page, she promptly exclaimed, “That’s mommy!”  I say “I had the privilege of showing” her the book because for me, even more than the personal satisfaction of publishing my first book is the fact that I’m now a role model in the professional world to my children and I can be proud to show them that through perseverance and determination, their dreams can come true too.  It means the world to me that they can draw strength from my example.  Every writer has different reasons and motivations for going down the difficult road to publishing and it took becoming a mother to push me to finally do it.  Keep writing aspiring authors, keep working and dreaming and believing and learning and editing.  Keep creating and you will get there too!  In the age of e-books, Kindle and other such devices (I love my Kindle Fire), nothing quite beats the feeling of holding a physical copy of my book in my hands.  Nothing.  I’m on Cloud 9!