Raise your hand if you're writing a book, querying a book, promoting a book, or trying to to set up your brand. Raise your hand if you're doing more than one of these things at a time. Raise your hand if you're stressed out by whatever it is that you're doing.
Raise your hand if you thought things would get easier when you had that contract or published that book.
|^ This is how I feel when I|
think about my series ending.
I'm coordinating the writing contest for my local writing group. And to be honest, I have no idea what I'm doing. On top of that, I'm in charge of scheduling speakers once a month too. There are plenty of writers in my area, but getting them to come talk to us? Not as easy as it would seem.
To be honest, at first I was overwhelmed. Totally freaked out by all this extra stuff I was doing. E-mail, e-mail, e-mail. Answering questions, questions, questions. Update, update . . . you get the point. Wrack my brains trying to think of something intelligent to say on Twitter to promote The Treasure Hunter's Lady. Then I remembered one of my friends telling me about HootSuite, how you can pre-load your Twitter and Facebook to receive messages whenever you choose. It's kind of a pain to have to type out two weeks worth of Twitter messages at once, but so worth it when I don't have to do anything else for two whole weeks. I can focus on other, more important things. Like maybe getting that second book edited. I'll deal with writing the third one when I catch my breath. I won't freak about what my next project is. Eye on the ball. I will get my blog posts done on time.
Will it get easier? I hope so. But if it doesn't, well, the last couple of months have just proven I can handle it. No wonder I'm addicted to sweet food. I might have to buy some bigger clothes for my next author photo. Erm, maybe I'd better start walking a little faster when I hike.
So, what do you do to get through the stress of promotions, writing, blogging, whatever?
When I'm not feeling the crush, I'm blogging at Have Novel, Will Edit. Crazy-talking on Facebook, promoting and being random on Twitter. And occassionally hitting up G+.