I imagine most people don't realize how much work goes into getting a book into print. I sure didn't before I started this journey (almost 8 years ago.) I've been so blessed along the way to benefit from multiple resources: books, websites, writer's conferences, and groups online. I feel like I've been in Author's University working towards my master's degree. I have a master's degree (in counseling), so I know what an advanced program feels like. And now it's finally all coming together.
With publishing comes so many other things: promotional material, building a platform, events to get the word out, a web presence, and design. Admittedly, most of this I find great fun. I've enjoyed designing and developing business cards, bookmarks, pens, and invitations. It's exciting to plan an event. Creating and getting my website up and running had me so electrified I couldn't go to sleep that first night. It's all very thrilling, and scary. And time-sucking.
I took a family day off last Saturday and this Wednesday for a fun mommy/kiddo time at the pool with friends. Still, my poor house had been very neglected. So yesterday I came up for air and straightened things up enough that my hubby noticed.
I love writing, but writing doesn't always lend towards balance. I am not a write-an-hour-a-day kind of author. I'm a write to the exclusion of everything else kind of author. Which is why I'm grateful for forced and Spirit-prompted breaks. I'll take a big gulp of air, and then dive back in for a few laps, hopefully making the ideas spinning in my head into something that will engage, entertain, and encourage you.