Tag Archives | Productivity

Working on multiple projects

One of the more difficult adjustments for newly published authors to make — and for established authors, too! — is the need to work on multiple projects at once.  There’s the book you’re promoting, the book you’re editing/proofreading, the book you’re drafting, the book you’re hoping to sell, and . . . sometimes more! (For me, there’s also the book I’m co-writing!) And if you’re published with multiple houses across multiple genres, it can get […]

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Writing Quickly Without Sacrificing Quality

Here’s some tough love: There are two types of writers in this world: Those who write, and those who think/talk about the things they’re going to write. Some day. At some point. Believe me, I know of what I speak because I was the latter writer. Oh the short stories I was going to craft, the novels I was going to start, so on and so forth. Buuuuuut…I needed to get the idea straight in […]

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On Building Habits

I mentioned in my last post on PubCrawl that I had recently resigned my day job and was refilling my creative well. It’s been a few weeks now, and while my creative well has been replenishing nicely, I confess to feeling a bit adrift when it comes to, well, a schedule. If there was one thing about having a day job I did like, it was that I had a routine. I’ve confessed here and elsewhere […]

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Tips from Industry Pros: Before During and After a Conference

Networking is so key to a writer’s career and conferences are a great way to combine networking with craft. Whether you choose to attend more craft-based programming like Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) nationals and regionals, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), and Midwestern Writers Workshop (MWW) or more industry focused conferences like BookExpo America (BEA) and American Library Association (ALA)–most of attendees include publishing professionals and writers for anywhere from […]

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The book-a-year schedule

Earlier this week, I tweeted that it turns out writing a book a year is actually really hard. For some reason, I hadn’t expected that. I’ll back up. Before I was published, I could write two or three drafts a year, and even sort of revise them. One year I wrote five manuscripts. (What is sleep???) Naively, I thought that if I could do all that, then a book a year would be easy peasy. I […]

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