Sunday, September 13, 2015

As the seasons turn ....

We're getting a glimpse of autumn here in the Midwest and it reminds me of all I adore about this season.

For me, autumn and spring are my "re-start" seasons. Those are the times that I dig out lists of things to do and start checking off items.

For this fall: find a publisher; reboot promotion; and keep writing. Sounds simple, but as we all know, it isn't. I was interested to hear about Amazon Encore, and I may give that a try. Plus I have 6 manuscripts that are looking for a home (never published).

It's really a matter of me clearing my schedule for a few days and just focusing on things to get organized. I'm enjoying myself with writing so much that it's hard to do that, but I am hoping to wrap up my first draft of this current book by the middle of October. Then I can take a break, take a deep breath, and do some Business for a change. While my writing is going to well I hate to set it aside.

Of course, I've got a lot of other things clamoring for attention. I have a day job and it's heating up with a lot of deadlines. And I'm assisting in planning a Major Event for next March -- a garden conference that normally has 500-600 attendees, all run by volunteers. Big coordination effort and it's taking up about 10 hours a week of my time.

So I need to clear the decks and focus -- but not soon. For now, I want to write and enjoy that process as much as I can. Business can wait ... right?



Jannine Gallant said...

Good luck, JL. Sounds like you have your work cut out for you! Can you actually approach Amazon Encore? I thought they were doing the approaching, but I'd be interested in that, as well.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Focus on the writing. That sounds so very sweet. I say go for it, JL. Good luck on the business side of things when you do get to that.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

When writing is part of our souls, there are times we need to feed our souls with what it craves--the creativity of the written word. Once you've energized that part of your soul, you'll be energized enough to get down to business. Some are able to do a little of both. To compartmentalize their lives. I can only focus on one thing at a time. Good luck.

Leah St. James said...

You do have a lot going on, JL! Like Vonnie, I seem to have to focus on segments one at a time. I'm glad you've been able to immerse yourself in the joy of writing for a while!