Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Barbie's Bunkhouse: No Pressure, really

I say this alot: I need to take a leave from the day job and go away to write. But seriously, I need to take a sabatical away from EVERYTHING and write. I have good intentions, but darned if life doesn't keep getting in my way. Problem is, I let it. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, because I'm committed to those areas of my life just as I am to my writing. Which doesn't make it any easier.

Yeah, yeah...it's all about balance. There's a lot of pressure that comes with trying to balance everything. it's hard enough having the day job and family stuff. Try to plug in some solid plotting, brainstorming, outlining, researching, and WRITING time, and well heck! There aren't enough hours or brain cells in one day! Been there, done that. I no sooner get all of my planets in alignment, the good juju is flowing, I'm setting goals and making progress, excitement is building...then BAM! $H!% happens. And then what???

Well, I pick myself off and regroup. I'm enjoying the ease of self publishing. Don't get me wrong, there is still ALOT of work involved and I'm enjoying it. But I've learned something recently. Just because I'm not reporting to a brick and mortar publisher, I still have to stick to my deadlines. There's a schedule to keep and it's an important one. And because the new series I'm working on relates to holidays and such, I need to be more sensitive to the "timing" of my releases, which really means adjusting my deadlines. So basically, for marketing purposes I can have my Christmas story come out in December, but it would probably do better if it came out in October/November to build up to those holiday sales.

Now I'd just set myself up with a writing plan that I thought was extremely do-able for 2013. A few more novella's and then 2 more full length books. It was working fine and I was excited over everything I would be able to accomplish. Then I was told I was pushing it for my February release. Yikes!! Really?? Now that I understand what happens when I set my own deadlines....I had to readjust the rest of the year. So the story I was planning on coming out in April, will be coming out in May. I allowed more time for 1 full length story and will have enough time for a new Holiday Story for Christmas.

Although, Sunday is the Super Bowl. And 1 year ago on Super Bowl Sunday I received a call from my agent that she was pretty sure she sold my cozy mystery series. 1 year and we're still waiting....I'm approaching Sainthood, I think. And while it would be pretty cool to be St. Barbie Jo of the Margarita, I'd much rather have that contract! And I'm more than willing to adjust my more than adjustable deadline schedule! No pressure, really, editorial goddess..... I will be polishing my stories and my halo! Not to mention coming up with some kind of saintly margarita drink!

Cheers!

1 comment:

Liz Lipperman said...

Hang in there, Barbie. Things move at a snail's pace with editors. I think they are so overworked, they hardly find time to read new stuff. And you can only do as much as you can do. I make no bones about the fact that I hate deadlines, yet I know if I didn't have them I would never write.

And I love all your stories, so get your arse in that chair!!