>One of the hardest thing about this journey that is NY publishing has been the jumping back and forth between edits and writing on deadline. I’ve missed the deadline on my October book, for several valid reasons, but it doesn’t make me happy.
Health issues can seriously impact one’s ability to keep up, just as much as working a full-time day job. I long for the day when I can get enough sleep knowing that when I get up, I can just walk a few feet into my office and write for several hours when my brain is fresh. One of the things I hate the most about a day job is I’ll be flying along on a manuscript, really hitting my stride, when BAM! 8am hits, and I’m heading toward those last-minute things that need to be done before walking out the door to work.
Then there are the other things I need to do to stay ahead of the game. Publishing isn’t what it used to be before. An author is responsible for the majority of pre-publication promotion and advertising. That’s a major strain on the budget since advertising isn’t cheap, and the time budget is scarce. For instance, this time last week I was working on the current WIP, I got edits for me mid-day Thur with the directions that I needed to have edits turned in today.
On top of that my editor asked me to blog on the Penguin Author blog, a BIG deal, and I had to write 2-3 posts for that. Since I wanted to get a little promo in while still sounding like an educated writer, I did 3 posts. Writing posts are difficult enough, writing them under a deadline is excruciating. I found out on Thu that I was going to write the posts, had to turn them around yesterday.
Then there was the need for me to find last minute photos for the book video that the wonderful Kerrie Nelson (email thebookboost AT gmail DOT com) pulled together for me (see below).
And how can I leave out the tale of the kind-hearted JERK who spilled water in the day-job kitchen. Thanks to their deliciously wonderful attention to detail, they ensured that I had one of two choices. I could either do a split half-way down to the floor, cheerleader style or land on my back. What do you think I chose? I figured a split would be safer, after all the kitchen floor is hard. The result? I heard something pop, threw my back out, and I’ve been in pain since mid-day Tues. Pain, I might add that was only alleviated by aspirin, Advil, and TWO muscle relaxants, which consequently made me loopy and not worth much in terms of productivity at the day job, let alone the ability to drive safely home and write. It didn’t help that my supervisors seemed unsympathetic (although a colleague knew how bad I was hurting, thank you Harold). I guess that’s what I get for NOT complaining when I’ve been in pain in the past. Sheesh!
So what I’m saying is, writing under pressure ain’t easy. The DH has suggested I quit, and I look at him like he’s grown two-heads. I could no more quit now than I could stop eating (although that might not be a bad thing given my recent weight gain, which is the result of being unable to exercise because my boss keeps me until 6pm most nights! biting into family time and dinner)
It sounds like I’m whining, but if I am, it’s because of the day job and the pain predominantly. Pain has a way of making me very nasty. It’s easy to put on a cheerful face when I’m posting on Facebook and Twitter, because that’s writing and it’s being an actress. Something I do well, it’s why I’m known as the Drama Queen in my family. So for those writers who dream of big success in writing, be prepared for the price you’ll pay. And YOU WILL pay a price. It might be different than mine, but there will be a price. And if you wave off my words of warning (as I did my mentor’s) then I guarantee you, there will come a day when you say, yeah Monica you were right. How do I know this? Because I’ve already admitted it here and to my mentor.
Oh and one last word. BACKLIST. It will keep you going financially if you have a BACKLIST