Anyone who tells you that writing isn’t a job, needs to be shot with a Nerf gun. Writing is like a sport, you probably wont get paid for what you do unless you’re one of the lucky ones and make it to the big leagues. Writing is a job. Even if the writer is freelance or writing a novel for ten plus years, If you write with the intention of others to read it, you’re a writer and that is a job. You have deadlines, even if they are self imposed. You have management, even if it’s self management. You get reviewed and criticized, just like you would a job or a sport. You either do/write better after a poor review or you get removed/demoted from whatever status you’ve accomplished.
My job lately has come with a lot of lessons to be learned the last couple weeks. You all have seen my lesson regarding the book cover and ad promotion for my book. Now I am trying to work with all of that and make sure everyone who reads it and the next book from here on out has nothing but a positive experience. Yes, I know I can’t please everyone, but if you use a work dynamic of customer service, you can have a good basis to work with. My resume is filled with customer service work experience. It’s really all I know, except filing and spread sheets.
This time around I’ve hired a professional editor. I’m going to make sure, with their notes, that everything ties in, there aren’t any plot holes. I want people who read my stories to know what the hell is going on and not have to worry about unanswered stuff as they get to the conclusion.
So I have a lot of editing to do on the second book. I might revise the first one at a much later date. And I am working on a book cover to tie in with the new one for the first book. I want everything to look a little more streamlined and uniform, if that makes sense.
I am nearly done with The Hunt (YA book). It takes longer to write than a script does, so that’s why I keep saying ”I’m nearly done.” I actually decided to add a whole other scene in the book, but its for the better and I think it will make for an awesome story. I might actually have a bumped up release on that one, maybe May. And the third book in the Descending series will probably be June/July, like planned.
Again, this is all job stuff. I’m a stay at home mom who chases little kids around all day, wipes butts/noses, feeds mouths and gets very little sleep. And between all of that, I carve out an hour or two, if I’m lucky, or writing time a day, when I could be having a nap or a break like the rest of the working world does.
You all have a great Monday at WORK. Wherever that may be. At home managing the household, in the office, in the field, on the farm, in the classroom. WHEREVER!