Don’t Be Afraid to Write

Writing is scary. You put your soul onto a page, you spend hours going over your work and self criticizing only to put it out into the world for someone else to then judge and criticize. It is by no means a easy thing to do and I think that is what causes people not to write. They are to self-conscious about what others are going to think about their writing. They are too much of a perfectionist to allow themselves to write that painful but necessary terrible first draft. In order to write a book you have to let those things go. Your first draft will be terrible. Every time I read through a first draft I want to  rip my eyeballs out.  But I allow myself to write horrible because if I don’t the words will never get on the paper. I spend hours fixing my writing but you can’t edit words that aren’t there. So I challenge you to let go of all your fears and allow yourself to write. Allow others to give you feedback and let that feedback improve your writing. Don’t be afraid to write because then you never will. Don’t forget for updates on book release and blog post make sure to follow my newsletter http://eepurl.com/dF1a0D .

 

Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to reveal the cover for my upcoming book! I worked so hard to finish this book and even completely rewrote it when I was at the half way point. I did this because I want to make sure this book is the absolute best thing I can put out there. I still have many hours of editing ahead of me until this book is released but I am really happy with the cover and I can’t wait until you guys get to dive into this story. This book will be released in February 2019 and up for pre-order a few months before that. Don’t forget for updates on book release and blog post make sure to follow my newsletter http://eepurl.com/dF1a0D .  Also Ruthless Queen: A Mafia Romance is avaliable for sale on Amazon.Ruthless Queen: A Mafia Romance

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Self-Published: Create A Production Schedule

Since publishing my first book and learning more about the self-publishing industry I learned how important it is to publish regularly. Especially in the Romance genre. Romance readers tend to binge read books and the faster you can release them the better. But even if you aren’t writing in romance it is important to keep putting books out into the world to make sure your readers aren’t forgetting about you. To maximize how many books I am writing a year I created a production schedule. A production schedule is a way to plan out how many novels you are going to write either for the year or within the next 6 months are so. When you are going to write them? When are you going to edit them? and when are you going to publish them? If you want to you can also plan out your budget during this time.  There are a few things you need to find out before you create your production schedule.

1.How fast can you write a first draft?

This is super important when creating a production schedule. If you aren’t sure how long it’s going to take you to finish a first draft how can you plan for editing and publication? For myself I usually plan  six weeks to write my first draft. I can usually get it done in a month but I always schedule a couple extra weeks more as a buffer. Find out how long you think your book will be and divide that by how many words you can write. Add a couple weeks as a buffer and there you go now you have a estimate for how long it will take.

2.How long will your book take to get edited?

Being self-published means finding your own editor and most good editors can be booked for months in advance. This was a surprised to me the first time. I reach out to my editor in April and she said she couldn’t get to my book until July! Welcome to the world of self-publishing. Make sure to reach out to your editors in advance and get a timeline of when they will be available to work on your book as well as schedule for your own self edits.

3.Plan for the unexpected

Give yourself plenty of time for unexpected things to come up. Most of us have full time jobs and/or families and you aren’t going to be able to stick to your schedule all the time so plan for this. Add a couple weeks for holidays and be realistic about when you are available to write.

Once you have all the information you need list out how many novels you want to write this year. You don’t have to have the titles for all of them. I usually just name my novels E-book 1, E-book 2, E-book…. Write what months you are going to draft, what months is the manuscript with your editor and when will you be able to publish it. So without further or do here’s a look at my general production schedule.

Production Schedule

*Subject to Change*

Ebook 2
Draft Finished and self edited= 9/30
Editing Process=December and January
Release Date= February 29th
Ebook 3
Start plotting and writing=October 1st
Draft Finished and Self Edited=November 30th
Editing= February and Match
Release Date: End of April
Ebook 4:
Start plotting and writing: December
Draft finished and self edited=End of January
Editing=April and May
Release: End of June
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The Importance Of a Writing Routine

I think everyone is aware writing a book takes a lot of time.  Even if you can push out a rough draft in a month it’s a long process to turn it into readable material that you can be proud of. That is why it is so important to me to have a writing routine. Everyone is busy and if you are looking for time to write a book you will never find it.

You have to schedule and create the time. You have to pencil it into your planner and make a commitment to stick with it. Now nobody is perfect and things come up. This often happens to me when I plan to write in the evenings. I’m 100% a morning writer. That’s when I have the most time and the most creativity. But honestly sometimes I get lazy and I tell myself I’m going to write in the afternoon when I get home from work. Usually after work 1001 things come up, I’m tired, I need to workout and I never have time to get back around to my writing. So the #1 lesson, if you plan time to write stick to it as much as possible.

Another great thing about have a writing routine is that you don’t have to worry about being inspired or motivated. Writing becomes a habit and you just do it. For example the first thing I do in the morning is start my coffee and then sit down at the table and open my laptop to write. I do this pretty much on autopilot because I’m barely conscious enough to make any real decisions. If I think too much about how I feel about writing that day i’m more likely to procrastinate. If I’m being honest I don’t always feel like writing but once I get started thats where I find my inspiration.

My challenge to you is to create a routine that makes it easy for you to start writing. Write it down either in your phone or calendar and set a reminder. Treat your writing time like a appointment that you can’t miss and try to stick to it.

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