Thursday, November 7, 2013


This past weekend I attended a book publishing conference and author event sponsored by KOBO. I left with my brain swimming in new to-do lists.

I'd already planned a digital makeover of my website, adding a third column, and updating my lists. Now I'll be adding indie booksellers, making good on my promise to start a newsletter, and overhauling the links. In addition, I need to continue building my sales over multiple sites.  Updating Facebook (adding buttons) is another one of those things on the list. All of this takes time. Time away from writing.

Like most writers, I'd rather be writing. That made me wonder, how do other authors prioritize their to-do lists between online career building and the day-to-day of creation of new work?

At the start of this month, my plan was to wrap and proof my two current projects and call it good for the year. The rest of 2013 would be spent housecleaning and reworking my brand. New photos et al! Except, in a moment of madness, I signed up for NaNoWriMo. And I'd really like to finish that new adult novel I've had in my head for the last year, which is now taking form. 


Jamie Brazil is the author of The Commodore's Daughter, and other novels. The Commodore's Daughter is a free download on KOBO this month with coupon code jansbooks.



Maggie Faire said...

Oh, if only I had the magic answer to your dilemma, I could make millions.:) I think it is always a balance between writing and everything else around the business of writing. For me two things work most of the time: 1) New words mean the most, so I always try to write every day; and 2) Realize that my priorities can and will change depending on new information.

It's a crazy world in publishing and what I knew were priorities two years ago are very different now. My number one priority is being flexible. It's often frustrating but it also helps keep me on track most of the time.

Jamie Brazil said...

Continuing to keep my butt in the chair... hope this works :)

Danita Cahill said...

I wish I had brilliant words to your question, Jamie, but I struggle with the same issue.

Good luck with November!

Danita Cahill said...

I wish I had the perfect answer to your problem, Jamie. But I have the same issues.

Good luck with Novemember!

Danita Cahill said...

I wish I had the secret to share with you, Jamie. But I struggle with the same issues of time vs. writing and marketing.

Good luck with November.