I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website.
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk (with a nice helping of romance!) When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA/adult about romance in the past, present and future.
There's always a TIME for romance!!
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Monday, August 5, 2013
The Importance of Pacing - in Real Life, too
Real life can be like that, too. I find this to be very true in the world of independent publishing. There's so much that can be done, and time stretches before the Indie calling out "fill me, produce, make money!"
It's easy to run after that voice, filling up all your time with stuff related to writing, marketing and promotion. All good stuff, but still....it can't be everything you do in your life. I have to find time to actually, live. Not just work.
It's hard to find the balance. I know I'm not the only Indie author to bemoan this fact. I want to write, (which includes plotting, writing first drafts, rewriting, editing, revising, over and over again), I want to publish (think hiring cover designers, editors, formatters, or formatting yourself, uploading to all the different sellers according to each one's specific needs and requirements), I want to promote (many decisions to be made here: blog tours? requesting reviews? paid advertizing? contests? social media????)
It all takes so much TIME. And most writers are like me: working on more than one project at once.
I know you're all hoping I have the answer to this common ailment. I don't =). Sorry. Except to encourage you to find a way to slow it down that works for you. I had to look at my calender and push all my dates back by weeks, sometimes months. Yeah, it would be nice to get that book launched in October, but I'd be a hot mess by the time it happened, and there's no guarentees it would sell any better than if I wait to launch it in January.
That kind of thing. Be reasonable with your schedule. Figure out how much time you really need to get it all done--then add two or three weeks. Trust me. You'll be glad you did.
Anyhoo, Tomorrow I'm leaving Canada for Germany where I'll be living for three months. More to come on that. I plan to practice real life pacing there, too.
How about you? Are you running too hard, too fast? Have you made any changes recently to pace out your real life?