As most of you know, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by my workload. After serious thought and conversations with a few friends, I’ve decided I need to cut back on some of what I’ve been doing. I enjoy writing as Ruth as much as I enjoy writing for Kate, and with the desire to keep my pen name, I’ve been stretching myself too thin. So for the sake of my sanity, I’m going to trim off everything I don’t use on a regular basis or for things that don’t yield the best results. I am listing them here and might link this post up to my website so others can read it because only a small fraction of people come to this blog.
So here’s the list of changes I’m making:
1. No more newsletters. I already have all the necessary information on this blog and my website. Putting it into a newsletter is redundant and takes up half a day where I could be writing instead. If you’d like to keep up-to-date on what I’m doing, you can subscribe to this blog or check my website. I do keep both updated.
2. Getting rid of Facebook Author Pages for Ruth and Kate. I never do anything with these and forget they’re even there. It’s one more thing I have to keep track of that doesn’t serve a real purpose. I will keep my normal Facebook pages under Ruth and Kate since that is where I link up my blog posts.
3. My first draft blog is going to be modified. I enjoy the first draft blogs for Ruth and Kate, but at the rate I’ve been going for both author names, it’s been wearing me out. So I thought about it and have decided on a compromise.
I’m going to give myself a breather on those blogs. I’m going to alternate posting 500 words a day for an already published book and a brand new one. So after Bride of Second Chances is done, I will post a book that’s already been published. I haven’t decided which one yet, but someone mentioned Loving Eliza since it fits with Bride of Second Chances. While I am posting Loving Eliza (maybe), I’ll be writing Bound by Honor, Bound by Love offline. This way, I don’t have the stress of showing something I wrote that day in front of a wide audience. Then when I am done with Loving Eliza (maybe), I’ll post Bound by Honor, Bound by Love. After Bound by Honor, Bound by Love is done, I’ll post another book that is already published. And I’ll keep alternating between old book and new book. That way, I can maintain steady posting without worrying about writing something that day.
As for Kate Page, I don’t have enough of a back list on her work, so I plan to start on Claiming Lexie probably in August after my husband goes back to Korea. After Claiming Lexie is done, I might or might not have another new story to post. If I don’t, I will post Substitute Bride.
I really need July to unwind and spend time with the family. We have plans to go see his parents, too. So it’s going to be a busy month. June is dedicated to getting Brave Beginnings and Life Mate published. I also hope to finish Bride of Second Chances. So my plate is already full for June. I’m currently working on the new version of An Unlikely Place for Love which I hope to get out before June 1 so I can focus on my three June projects. I am knocking out the saloon scene from An Unlikely Place for Love since they don’t have that kind of set up for prostitutes anymore, so this will have minor changes to it. As much as I liked that scene, I can’t keep it in a contemporary book. But taking it out won’t change the book.
So I hope everyone understands what I’m doing now with the first draft blogs. The goal is to relieve stress so I can write the best books I can. I know I don’t write at my best when I feel overwhelmed, and I don’t want my books to suffer.
This might possibly save Just Good Friends, but we’ll see. I’m not making any promises. I want to spend more time writing.
4. I will keep this blog and Self-Published Author’s Lounge, too. I enjoy blogging. I really do. I’m spending less time on Facebook so I can blog. I’m keeping Facebook up because I enjoy it, but I can’t be as active as I was a year ago. I also can’t be spending time on forums. I know there’s a forum on the Self-Published Author’s Lounge, but I have given someone else administrative rights to it. I’m co-administrator, but I rarely go there due to lack of time. I spent a little time on the Kindleboards last year but couldn’t keep that up either. I have to learn my limitations and spend time doing things I enjoy the most. *sigh* The problem with needing sleep. 😛
5. Website will be updated by my author assistant. Yes, I have someone I am training to do the updates on my website for me. Believe it or not, websites can take a lot of time to update, esp. when making sure the links work. Oh boy, the links are the biggest pain to deal with. Then you have to make sure the pictures are centered and text looks right. There are ways the stuff looks warped, and I’ve had to redo these things a couple of times to make sure they look right. I can spend a day on the website. This is the same person who is filtering my emails for me so I don’t have to deal with another rude person coming to my inbox ever again. Besides not having time to write, that is another huge creativity killer, and I’d rather spend time writing books than answering people who don’t like my books for one reason or another.
So that should be it. I’ll give this new system a go and see where I’m at by the end of the year. If I need to modify things, I’ll do it then.