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Self-Publishing – The One Author Show

Self-Publishing – The One Author Show
By Rebecca Besser

Life doesn’t always go as you plan. Take today for example… My plans were to go grocery shopping, write a blog post, and work on my taxes (it’s more involved when you’re self-employed). Guess what happened? My son’s pygmy goat decided to have twins…today (Saturday). Guess what that means? That I spent most of the day sitting in the cold barn. I have the smallest hands, so if the goat has issues, I’m the ones that gets to “go in” after it. There were minor issues, so I did a bit of going in and pulling. But both the babies are out and seem to be doing great.

Obviously I worked in writing this post. I also managed to do a bit on my taxes. But groceries will have to wait until another day. Not to mention all the other little things I’d had planned for the day that weren’t big enough to make it on the actual “to-do” list.

That’s how life goes, especially for an author with a family. Especially an author with a family that’s running a small farm. There’s always someone needing something… Your child’s sick, your spouse needs you to run an errand, you have to make a call about something, you have to check on animals multiple times to make sure everything’s okay, you have to help with your child’s activities, you have to go to your child’s school for one thing or another, you have to try to take care of yourself…you have to handle life.

What does that mean for an author? It means your schedule gets blown to shit sometimes. What does that mean to an author who self-publishes? Your book(s) get pushed back until you get time to do the writing, editing, cover, formatting, etc.

I had a book planned to come out in October. It didn’t. I intend to have it available by the end of February. How did that happen? The beginning of October is our county fair where my son shows animals. So, that’s a week of limited time for anything other than that. Then, there’s recovering from everything that got pushed back because of that week. Then my son injured himself and was on crutches for a little while. Then there was Thanksgiving and my son was sick. Then I was sick. Then we were in a car accident. My son had a birthday. Then my son and husband were sick. Then there was Christmas. Are you seeing how just living can suck the life out of life? LOL

I’m not complaining. I’m just letting you know that authors are humans too, with lives. Unfortunately an author’s life can’t always revolve around books, no matter how hard they try to make it revolve around books.

But, since I realized all my flaws in planning, I’ve made changes to remedy that. (More about that in my next blog post.)

Regardless, with all that going on, a self-publishing (sometimes) author like me gets behind. Because writing a book takes a lot of time. Editing a book takes a lot of time. Creating a cover for a book takes a lot of time. Formatting a book takes a lot of time. And when you self-publish, all the quality of the work is on you (even if you have someone help you with any step(s) of the process).

When you’re doing it all on your own, it takes a lot of time that has to be worked in and around…life.

 

©Rebecca Besser, 2018. All rights reserved.

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The Craziness – A Writer’s Life

My life has been crazy lately and I’ve had little to no time to write. This equals out to depression because I want to write, I just can’t because everything is in the way.

As many of you know, I started a part time job in March, but it has turned into a full time job recently. This has left me with no time to write. Hell, I barely see my family!

When I’m at home all I want to do is sleep because I’ve been working 43-50 hours a week (nights). During the day — while my hub is at work and my son was in school — I normally write because I’m not getting bugged every 5-10 minutes with someone else’s wants or needs. Now I sleep during that time because there is no other time to do so. (My son’s last day of school is today, so now he’ll be home all the time. I’ll prolly get more writing done and less sleep since he’ll be here to entertain me.)

Many people ask how writers balance their job, their family, and their writing. I’m here to tell you that it’s hard and all about the mix. You have to want to do it. If you don’t want it bad enough, you’ll never getting anything writing related done (at least if you’re putting your family first).

The other night I had off work. Since my sleeping schedule is messed up from working, I was awake in the middle of the night. Instead of laying in bed and tossing and turning, I got up and managed to write 895 words. It wasn’t much, but it was more than I’d written at one time in over two weeks. (I’d written part of a poem a couple days before, but I think that only came to around 200 words…)

I know that I can fit in writing and accomplish something, even though the going is slower now. Things are supposed to calm down at work and I should be back to part time soon. The fact of the matter though, is that I want to write and I’m not willing to give it up. I’ll find a way to get it done. I’ll find my balance in the craziness that is my life! Until then, I’ll take the few minutes I have here and there to get some kind of writing done (like this blog post! LOL).

 

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©Rebecca Besser, 2012. All rights reserved.