One of the notable things about being in that post-book deal but pre-publication stage is the sheer amount of gear switching that’s required on a regular basis. And it’s not just me. I’m part of some wonderful writers groups, and I can tell you this experience is common across the board.
One might be, for example, finished with the first round of revisions on the sold manuscript and awaiting further editorial feedback. In the meantime, most writers I know are working hard on book #2 and/or putting a bit more time and energy into blogging and other social media and/or attempting to actually make contact with long lost family members in the household who may not have seen Mom/Dad/Spouse/Significant Other since the beginning of the revision process.
When the next round of editorial feedback comes in, gears have to be shifted once again: it’s back to editing and the writer’s cave seclusion it generally entails. Then the (hopefully improved) manuscript gets sent back, and the author is faced with a backlog of old and new tasks to be completed.
Are you starting to get the idea? In essence, it’s a constant state of re-balancing and finding the right gear at the right time – sort of like driving a semi on variable terrain, I’d imagine.
Am I complaining? Not at all. Selling a book is a wonderful thing, and learning to shift gears effectively is just one more skill authors need to learn in a new and different way once publication looms.
So, how do you do it, writers? How do you find balance amid the chaos that is writing, submitting, marketing and editing?______________________________________________________________________________
Nicole McInnes is the author of BRIANNA ON THE BRINK, a Contemporary YA novel which will hit the shelves in Spring, 2013.
Find her online at www.nicolemcinnes.com