Tuesday, November 14, 2006

And the release train rolls on...

I am a writer in the business of writing, and writing is a business.

So what do I mean by this? I mean that just about every day I have to deal with being a professional writer in one way or another. Unlike most jobs there aren't really any days off. You are working most of the time.

I've kind of lost track of how many books I've written or contracts I've signed. The earlier part of this year I had three books go from ebooks into print. Then in August Rogues was released in ebook, in September Ellora's Cavemen Dreams Of The Oasis III came out in ebook and print, October was the print release of the White Hot Holiday collections, November 8th Tasting Nightwalker Wine was released from Cerridwen. Ellora's Cavemen Legendary Tails I was just released in Spanish. Next month I have a Wild Winter quickie on December 22, in January Memories Revised will be released.

I just finished edits on A Promise Made, a new novella for New Concepts Publishing. And then there are the works in progress... another collaboration with Liddy Midnight called Outlaws, and a new Hollywood After Dark tale, this time for Ellora's Cave.

So either the time is spent writing, editing, promoting, in other words something to do with the business. If nothing else there is reading what other people write to keep up with what the market is putting out.

Of course that latter is mostly an excuse...and my favorite part of this business.
Hey, read any good books lately?


LOL, as in, you need a score card to keep track, right? So, Janet, do you actually ever have time to sleep?

Right now, I'm reading Eppies entrie and a chick lit and listening to one book on tape and one on cds (different locales). All good, nothing to particularly recommend. Also in the midst of revisions on one book and drafting another.

Boy howdy, do I hear you on that one! I realized awhile back that I've lost the capacity to just sit and do nothing. I write at least something every day of the week, and if I'm not writing, I'm thinking about the WIP, promoting, etc. Writing isn't just a business, it's a lifestyle! But, when I get tired and grumpy, I stop and think about how long it took me to get here and how hard I've had to work to reach a point where I can actually complain about too many books and too many contracts! Ain't life grand?
I thought when I quit the day job taht I'd have more time to myself! Now, I work 7 days a week. But I'm working at something I love. Though I do admit that the writing life can be a bit isolating if you're not careful. But would I trade it to go back to the 2 hour a day commute, the boss, the meetings, the crap! I'll let you figure out the answer to that question.
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