Where Does the Time Go?

I can’t believe it’s been over two years since I wrote a piece for this blog! And before that, only one post in 2015. It seems like I was more active here leading up to 2014—before I started living every author’s dream and was able to quit my day job! It’s funny that when you’re dreaming of writing full-time, you imagine that when it happens you’ll have so much time. You tell yourself you’ll do this; you’ll do that. But reality has other plans.

If you’ve made it to the point that you’re a full-time author, you’ve already treated your craft as a business. But when you set out on your own, you know that you’re running a business. After all, if you don’t manage your time and produce product, work marketing into your schedule, allocate time to engage with readers, and the list goes on, you’ll find that sales may slow down. And if you’re not at the point where you can be serving your notice just yet, keep these things in mind for when that time comes. (Notice when, not if. I believe a positive attitude is essential in attracting what you want. But that would be an entire other post and probably one that would belong better on another type of blog.)

For myself, none of these responsibilities were a shock, though, I must admit I thought I’d get even more releases out than I had the year before. That didn’t happen, but I’ve noticed amazing growth in my writing. I’ve aligned myself with an amazing editing team. I’ve grown in the craft and learned how to even better develop my stories. I’ve also learned a lot about the publishing industry itself. There’s so much to learn, no one person could learn all of it. But I’m back here because I’d like to share insights based on my experience and knowledge of writing and publishing that I’ve picked up through my almost seven years of being a published author. I hope that whether you’re an aspiring author, yet to publish your first book or someone who has published more than one, that you find what I’ll share here to be of value to you.

And since I touched on writing being a business today, next week I'll provide tips on how to find self-publishing success. Be sure to bookmark this page or subscribe (on the sidebar) to receive posts by e-mail so you don't miss them!

Until next time, happy writing! :D

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series--Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures-- and has written nearly thirty books.
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