The mind-blowing thing about having so much time to work on books is the speed with which everything is completed. I’m not a faster writer, or editor, although I can thank a childhood spent on the computer for a decent typing speed. So, when remembering I was only mid-way through writing Valkyrie Cursed in the middle of January, it’s crazy to me that it’s already gone off to the editor.
Just like that, I’m writing the sequel and planning the third installment. If all goes to plan, book two will be finished when Valkyrie Cursed gets back, shiny and polished.
I think the moment I sat down to write book two after pressing “send” on the e-mail to my editor, this really started to feel like my job. Getting into a rhythm while accomplishing repetitive tasks is essentially what work boils down to, whether we are working for ourselves or someone else. We come in, we complete a task and move on to the next one. Before long that same task will come around again.
Right now, I feel like a new employee who started work a few months ago and is starting to get into the swing of things. Comfortable with the basics, but with the rest of my job description yet to come and anxiously awaiting the first test of my skills in the tasks I haven’t tried yet.
Unlike regular office jobs, self-publishing has a pretty long product completion cycle, even if you view a product as a single book, not a series. In my last office job, a single case would take days to complete. Even one book would take at least two months to complete, although the pro authors out there would take weeks, if that.
The dynamic is slowly becoming familiar to me, especially the necessity to self-motivate. The closest thing I have to a manager is Fin, my baby stuffed dragon who dutifully watches from the windowsill. He’s not one to crack a whip. But having just completed the drafting of a single book, it’s occurred to me that it might take a few years to become comfortable producing books. It might be a long time until I feel like I know what I’m doing.
It might sound a bit mournful, but actually I enjoy these realisations. Even though I’m not knowledgeable enough to map out my likely trajectory, there are still things I know I can look forward to. These milestones are what make us, in the end. I’m fast approaching thirty and I’ve just begun a new job in a new industry, which makes me feel like I’m twenty-one again, fresh out of university.
I won’t see Valkyrie Cursed again for maybe six weeks, and the second I knew I couldn’t work on it for a while, I wanted more than ever for release day to hurry along. As well as books two and three, I’m doing work on the marketing plan: planning when Valkyrie Cursed will go up for pre-order, when the ARCs go out, and when the paperback will be available. (Hell yeah, there’s going to be a paperback!)
Having a chance to get ahead of schedule and really do some work on the sequels gives me a great deal of peace of mind. But there’s nothing quite like release day of one of your books. It’s a special time, a bit like Christmas!
It’s a great feeling to be in the thick of a series, and I can’t wait to hit “publish” and show you what I’ve been working on. Keep an eye out for more updates from me, I’ll have loads more in the next few weeks!
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