However, this schedule goes out the window when a new book is published. The weeks before, during, and after a book release are nothing short of crazy-making. I kept a diary the week before the launch of The Goddess’s Curse, my new fantasy/sci-fi romance, to chronicle what my work life is like.
I am usually at the computer by 5 or 5:30 a.m. and work until about 4 or 5 p.m seven days a week – but with breaks in between. I have a tacit agreement with my husband that I will quit work by 4 or 5 p.m., so if I have a middle-of-the day appointment that cuts into my work time, I can’t play catch-up in the evening. However, if there is something urgent, I’ll make an exception.
The week I chronicled coincided with the change to Daylight Savings Time and the start of physical therapy for a torn rotator cuff. I live an average of 45 minutes from anything in town, so any errands or appointment cost me an hour and half in drive time, plus the time required to complete the errand itself.
Sunday, March 8
I’m starting to worry. The Goddess’s Curse is supposed to launch next Sunday, March 15, but I’m still waiting on round two of edits from my editor. The Goddess’s Curse then has to go through copy editing/proofing/formatting before it can release. It’s still possible to make the deadline, but it’s going to be tight. If I reschedule the release, I’ll have to reschedule my virtual book tour, involving more than a dozen authors and bloggers. I email my editor for an update, and email the first hosts of my blog tour to let them know I may need to reschedule.
An author I know had asked me for a non-promo guest blog so she could focus on her writing (ha ha ha ha), but she’s a friend, so I accommodate her, and pull a blog from 2011. I update it a little and send it off.
After yesterday’s writing session of 1,800 words on Rod and Cane 6, I’d hit a mini roadblock, and I wasn’t sure how to get from point A to point B. The solution comes to me while I’m in the shower, and I’m dying to write it, but I have to work on blogs for the week, and get started on The Goddess’s Curse promo. I feel like everything is backing up.
I write and schedule three blogs for the week, visit twenty Weekend Writing Warrior blogs and comment on fifteen of them. I complete that in the morning. I’m supposed to meet my mom (who lives 45 minutes away) in the afternoon for some mother/daughter time. She wants to shop for a new dining table. We get into a little tiff on the phone when I suggest we meet at the store rather than me pick her up to save time. “Why do you have to keep writing so many books,” she says. “I never should have moved here.” “You have time to go to California” (a nephew’s wedding at the end of the month that’s been on the calendar for a year). I cave and pick her up, we go shopping, and she buys her table. She’s happy. I come home, finish up my blogs, then make dinner.
After dinner, I check email. I got the edits from my editor, so I spend a hour or so doing the easy fixes, leaving the ones that tax my brain for the morning. My editor assures me I can meet the release date for the ebook—but the print version will have to be delayed.
Losing an hour with Daylight Savings Time didn’t help my schedule today.
Monday, March 9
I’m at my computer by 6 a.m. I check email, check my book stats, and finish the edits for The Goddess’s Curse. I realize I must have been really tired last night because what seemed challenging then, seems pretty straightforward now. Besides the edits, I add the front matter and back matter, and send it back to my editor. At 8:30 a.m. I have breakfast, spend a little time talking to my husband, and take a shower. I ask him if he’ll make dinner tonight. He agrees.
I head back to the computer by 10 a.m. From the latest edited version of The Goddess’s Curse, I extract the excerpts for my spotlight blog tour posts. I compile and email my posts to the first five blog stop hosts, leaving a note to myself that they still need buy links when I get them. At 11:30 a.m., I get the idea for this blog, and write it up to this point. I do that, then I fill out the form to get an IBSN for the print version of The Goddess’s Curse, and email the number to my editor. I break for a 20-minute lunch at 12:30, then hit the computer again to knock out 1K on Rod and Cane 6. At 2:30, I have to leave for my physical therapy appointment. I get home at 6 p.m, have dinner, watch a little TV, call my mom, then retire and read for a while.