Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How A Writer Mom Gets It Done

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I was thinking today how much a writer's life (especially a writer mom's life) consists of reaching our goals with baby steps.  For example, since I have small children, I have to work my writing life around them.  I am currently editing my manuscript by printing out a chapter a day (sometimes two if I'm lucky!) and I take it with me while I wait at orthodontist appointments, at carpool, and yes, even while I'm supervising bath time.  (The pages are a little worse for wear, I must say.)  But I'm halfway through the edit. Woohoo!

I have made small goals for myself this year (as I mentioned here) and I'm doing small things to accomplish them every day.  

  • I have progress on the audio book (which I will talk about tomorrow.)  

  • I figured out yesterday how to make a beautiful professional blog header so I can change that by myself.  (And this might not seem like a big deal to some, but for me, that was huge!)  

  • I've participated in two promotions this week for my book All Fall Down. (Which I've never really done before).

  • I changed the cover of All Fall Down and made sure that was taken care of on all the major retail sites.  

  • I've started the process of forming my own publishing imprint.  

It's been a really productive week, but when I look back over it, I got it done by just doing one or two things per day, and working steadily toward my goals.

Mother Theresa once said, "We cannot do great things, only small things with great love."  As I put that in perspective, I think it applies to all aspects of my life.  I'm doing small things with love in my writing career (and as a mom) and I know if I can keep going with it consistently, it will all add up to reaching my goals both professionally and personally.

Do you have a plan for achieving your goals? How are you doing so far in 2015?


Jon Spell said...

forming your own publishing imprint? Well, that sounds cool. Would you only do your own books, or encourage others to publish through you?

My goals (not necessarily just for the year) are to finish my manuscript (sigh) and to drink more water. (So far so good)

I do have to make plans to succeed at my goals, and sometimes plans go awry. Time for the next plan. =)

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Well, there will be some announcements forthcoming, Jon, but not for a bit. (Mysterious, right? LOL)

Yes, make a plan, make a plan! :)

Debra Erfert said...

Yes, it does feel like you're juggling too many things at the same time, huh? Me too.

And I thought you already had your own publishing imprint. If you self-pubbed your books, I thought that was automatic. No? I've got to talk with you off-line.

I'm revving up to publish my paranormal series--Book one, the one that you've read, (by the way, thank you soooo much. It's rewritten, using most of your wonderful suggestions) and book two is completed and ready for line editing. I'm itching to start book three, but I need to complete a promised painting first. Once I start a writing project, I find it hard to even do dishes.