a blog on juggling balls- while standing on one
Be careful what you wish for.
Always good advice. I can see into the future and I see myself split into mini-Jessicas. One Jessica working on her edits from her publisher, one working on her edits from her self-publishing endeavor, one writing new stories for the future. Another to take care of the kids, another for the house, laundry, and groceries. One to hold down the day job. Oh, and one more- my husband wants his own.
How do we do this? How do we juggle so many balls in the air (without dropping any) and add even more? Lynn Cahoon, my guest author on Thursdays Bite addressed this very issue. She’s amazingly prolific and published with several different publishers. She’s worked hard for years to get here, and now here is today with so much to do that it is staggering. But she’s not complaining.
I’m not either. I just want more of me, so I can do more. Is that so much to ask?
And when I see other authors publishing book after book I wonder, how can they possibly get all those words down on the page and still get any sleep at night?
The answer? They don’t.
Something’s gotta give whether it’s your sleep, your exercise, your kids or your spouse, you can’t get it all done and I’m coming to grips with an ambition I didn’t even know I had. I want those multiple books, and fabulous fans, and I want my health too.
While writing this article I realized something amazing: this year, 2013, I will publish four books!
How did that happen?
Well for one thing I didn’t write them all this year. Snow and the Seventh Wolf was written in 2012 and The Dark Huntsman was originally finished in 2009. Another big advantage is that Snow and the Seventh Wolf and Goldi and the Bear are both novellas, under 35,000 words. So really I will have written one long novel and one novella, the equivalent of a very long historical romance. Not that I’m dissing my achievement. It’s going to be a stellar publishing year!
Another thing that helped is that I really do have several Jessicas working for me. My novellas are published by a publisher. That means I don’t have to be the editor in chief, the cover artist, or the formatter. They do all of that for me.
And as for The Dark Huntsman? I have hired help for that one too. I needed professional editing, so I’m hiring that and the copyedits out. I’m also on the lookout for a cover artist, as I am not going to add learning how to be an artist to my pile of balls I’m currently juggling.
Four books out in one year and sandwiched between generations and jobs I feel the tension. But it’s a wonderful tension and I’ll happily juggle for a little while, hoping that someday I’ll be cloned.
How do you deal with too much to do? Do you hire help, give up on sleep, growl at your family and friends? What gives when you are stretched to the bone?