Myth: professional authors spend all of the hours every day pouring over preshush werdz, handwritten or laptopish, whichever your flavor.
Truth: Sometimes I gotta carve out time to write, remind myself that WRITER is what I am and what I do, and without writing the rest of this crap is pointless, except it’s not because lots of people expect lots of things.
Here’s a list of things I’ve spent time on in the past couple of weeks. This is not a little time. This is "full time writer" time, meaning I generally spend 30 to 40 hours a week writing or related activities. I’ll try to estimate the amount of time each took.
Fiddle with cover art for ENEMY
myth: Traditionally published authors have zero say in their covers.
There were four back-and-forths before arriving at final art, which doesn’t include design elements like title, font, arrangement of elements like bylines and quotes.
Prior to this I probably spent a half hour thinking and drafting an email about the story to my primary editor, who then forwarded it to my managing editor and artist (John Stanko who has done all the very cool covers for the SEVEN EYES books)
One hour, so far
myth: stories emerge perfect as the butterfly from the chrysalis
Er, no. I’m behind on this too. I also have a book to do. These connections with writers and their work are important. One, we trade off reading each other’s stuff. Also, it’s good to have to analyze and explain certain writing concepts, why things work and why things don’t, occassionally.
One Million Hours
myth: hawking books sells them
Er, no. Social media is social, otherwise it’d be called selling media, otherwise known as spam. Social media is conversation and connection, which takes time. Plus you have to be interesting. No small trick considering I live in Stepford with two teenagers and a gassy dog. My life is, er, perhaps not that interesting.
Ima throwing blogging in this because I don’t do it often. Blogging for me is a bit boring, people aren’t reading them, and honestly, I’m all been-there-did-that ten years ago. But still, sometimes I have shit to say. Hence, today.
Eight hours, at least
myth: I’m there to party
Right now I have panel suggestions coming due for three cons, not to mention another big one due in March and all the communiqué for my two upcoming appearances at Starfest (oh, and Horrorfest which I just got word on today) and Anomalycon.
Con appearances are the lifeblood of my promotions package. BTW, "writing the other" and "writing strong women" are no longer sufficiently new or interesting enough. For this I am eternally grateful and also eternally stressed trying to come up with new and cool ideas. Cuz I don’t have enough of that in my life from the whole writing books gig.
Also in this: logistics of hotels and flights and schedules
Set Up Contests
Hell, it’s what people do and I just had a book come out, remember? REMEMBER??? PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TELL ME YOU REMEMBER AND GO READ IT PLEASE.
Stressing Over My Agent Reading My WIP
two hours in the middle of the night
myth: you ever get over this
It’s really just a first looksee and not important at all but OMG PLEASE LET HER LIKE IT PLEASE IF THERE IS A GOD OR EVEN LIKE SOME ANGEL WHO ISN’T DAYDRINKING MAKE HER LIKE IT