Being an author is a bit like being in hospitality. One minute you’re minding your own business, going about your scheduled day, when BAM, rush hour hits. Rush hour for authors isn’t trying to seat seven families all at once just for another ten to come waltzing in. It’s seeing a new e-mail in your inbox and realising your editor is done with your manuscript over a week early.
It’s the big tasks like that dropping in on you unexpectedly that really shine light on how much you need to do. Blurbs, keywords, categories, writing, editing, planning, not to mention the big organisational overhaul that will keep me on top of my social media and publishing goals. So, naturally, the mad rush begins.
Nothing happens at a slow pace when you’re producing four books a year, which is something I previously thought impossible. Therefore, there’s always a million things to do at one time. It’s just when that one-million-and-first thing that makes the to-do list impossible to ignore.
Me and my husband took a short holiday this week to visit family, which meant that receiving the edits for Valkyrie Unleashed came at an especially awkward time. Taking some time off when I know there’s a manuscript waiting for my attention really leaves behind some anxiety. But a break is needed if everything is going to get done.
Now I’m back, I’m going to spend the next few weeks working overtime to get everything ready for the release of Valkyrie Unleashed on the 26th November. With progress coming along well on book four, Valkyrie Betrayed, I’d like to think that there will be slightly less to do right before it is released.
The truth is, I love being busy with this work. Mad rushes can come at me, because I live for writing books. With that in mind, I’m still looking forward to Christmas and having a bit of time off to celebrate my very first Christmas with family in four years. Working retail meant taking no time off for Christmas, with only the day itself marked as a day off. Forget sleeping off Christmas dinner on boxing day, I’d be in for a shift as early as 4am.
The balance is kept in working like crazy during the mad rushes and taking ample time to relax when it’s necessary. Now, it’s time to roll up my sleeves and go all in for the next few weeks. Wish me luck!