Cutting Back on Some Things

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.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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13 Responses to Cutting Back on Some Things

  1. stacydeanne says:

    Hey Ruth,

    I think you’re making smart decisions and you see now that you have to put your needs first. I feel you on the newsletter. I use to have one years ago but it was a waste of time. I don’t believe anyone ever read it and I think folks ignore newsletters, especially from authors. I don’t know who these people are who say newsletters are a great way to promote books but I doubt it. I get newsletters all the time and don’t read any of them. Most people don’t read them and their as useless as email blasts. They are time consuming and not worth it. You can spend hours just creating a newsletter for folks to not even read it. LOL!

    About the fan pages on FB. I had one and NEVER did anything with it. I find fan pages useless as well. I even made a new one and still didn’t do anything with that one. I figure my main profile is good enough plus I don’t have to go around promoting an entirely new page. This is another part of promo folks throw out there for authors but with everyone and their momma having a FB fan page now, how effective can they be?

    I think that letting go of some things will help you regain peace and more time to do what you need. You already know I feel the same about forums. I don’t go on ANY forums anymore. Yesterday I went on one I hadn’t been on in weeks. I’m bored with them and plus if I can sit around and chat on a forum wasting time, that means there are more important things I could be doing like writing or something else.

    Best Wishes!

    • Hi Stacy,
      I started the newsletter because one of my readers asked about it, but to be honest, it is a huge waste of time. I also don’t know how many people were interested, but even if they were, they can read this blog and find out what’s going on. One thing I’ve noticed is the first draft blog has about 600 hits a day when I’m posting on it, and this blog has under 100 hits a day, which means people would rather read the story than listen to the author ramble on about something. LOL So looking at those stats assured me that my energy needs to be with writing books, not newsletters.
      Yep, the Facebook Author Page was something I kept forgetting was there. People would say something, but I never checked it so it looked like I was ignoring them, and then I realized I do all my main stuff on my main page. I don’t socialize with friends and family on FB, so I don’t need two separate accounts. It’s mainly other authors and readers that are on my friends list. So why have the extra page?
      I’m learning a lot of what they say we should do doesn’t do anything to increase interest in our books. I’d much rather be writing my next one. That’s where the fun is in this whole biz. 😀

  2. yay! 😀 i suspect you WONT be stressed out anymore. 😀

  3. Good luck on your changes.

  4. I need an assistant! 😉

    I am actually working to train my brother how to do formatting. It will mean I’ll lose a chunk of business, but there comes a point where you have to say “is this what I want to devote the time to?” Plus I hate smashwords new mess – especially all the epub crap. I have been fighting with a nonfiction document for someone for weeks now and I am fed up. I just don’t think it will let her do what she wants it to, anymore.

    • I know. I hate Smashwords new mess, too. I used to be able to upload books and get approved easy. I hate the chapter link thing. You know, for the low price of my books, I’d think people could afford to do some searching on their own without expecting something fancy. Clean and simple. Whatever happened to that? *sigh*

      I don’t blame you on finding an assistant. I now have one, and in July, I train my husband to update my website, esp. with the links. I hate putting in links.

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