As a mom with a full time job trying to build her career as a writer, I have to do a lot of juggling.
Right now, I'm about 10,000 words in on WHEN TIME FALLS STILL (Manuscript #4). CHEF D'AMOUR (Book #2), contracted to the Wild Rose Press, is in galley edits. I am researching agents, because I'd like to explore that avenue with NO LIFE BUT THIS (Manuscript #3). I am trying to expand my social media network by blogging, Facebook posts, and the odd Tweet.
Let me tell you right now—I don't get all of those things done every day. And that's where the juggling comes in.
As a Writer/Producer of TV commercials at a small market station, I'm used to working on multiple levels of multiple projects. On any given day I will write a script for one client, go on a shoot for another, and package a third client's commercial for editing. I'm used to prioritizing, so I use those skills with my writing, as well.
Galley proofs are Priority #1. The sooner I can get those back to the publisher, the sooner CHEF D'AMOUR gets published. It's been more than a year since MOUNTAIN FIRE was released, so getting a new book into my readers hands is top of the list.
Writing WHEN TIME FALLS STILL is Priority #2. It's important to keep moving forward on my newest writing project. Leaving it alone for too long disrupts the process dramatically. And writing is the whole reason I'm doing this juggling. It's not about the editing or the publishing or the promoting—it's about the writing.
Expanding my network comes next. It is important to get out there, make new contacts, meet new readers. But this falls behind the actual writing, because readers want to read, and if there are no new books out there, they've got nothing.
Which leaves researching agents. NO LIFE BUT THIS is the only one of my manuscripts not earning it's pay right now. It's sitting in its folder, waiting. This is a necessary evil—in order to get an agent, I have to have a manuscript to offer. But the fact that this book is simply lying fallow is gnawing at me.
I'd better brush up on the juggling skills and get more balls in the air!