Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Need to Take My Own Advice

Managing our time has been a frequent topic on this blog. I'm always quick to give advice on the subject. This week I realized that I need to heed what I spew out to others.

One thing I gave up doing long ago was housework. The last few years I've had someone in the family who needed extra money and was willing to clean my house for me. I still do touch-ups and clean bathrooms that need that extra scrub.

Right now I'm gearing up for the launch and promotion of the 8th in my Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series due out sometime this month. To categorize what kind of book it is, I call it a cozy police procedural. Though it's pretty far along in the series, I write each book as a stand-alone so it isn't necessary to read the books in order. I'm setting up the in-person launch at our local used book store. There are no other bookstores within an hour plus driving time.

But what's really been taking up time is that I decided to plan my own blog tour. I now know why those who do this professionally charge as much as they do. First you have to find blogs who are willing to host you--and ones that might get a bit different traffic--and coordinate the dates. I always ask them what they'd like me to write about so that each post will be different. The group I gathered together came up with some splendid topics and interview questions. Then, of course, I had to write the posts and add all the information about my book, send them to the appropriate person along with my book cover and a photo of me. This time instead of sending my usual photo, I sent a different one for each post.

This will be happening during the month of April and a couple of days into May. To add to the craziness, I also signed on with eight authors to do another blog tour right in the middle of mine. This one will only last eight days, but it will be labor intensive. I'll be busy promoting all these blogs and doing all the needed commenting.

This month I'll be attending Epicon which is the convention for E-published authors and E-publishers in San Antonio. I'm giving a presentation on blogging and blog tours. My publisher is attending so I'll also be spending some time with her. Soon after returning, I'll be heading for Left Coast Crime. I'll get home just a couple of days before my blog tour begins.

Somewhere in all this I need to be working on my latest manuscript.

Poor hubby, he'll be disappointed if I don't take a day now and then for us to head to town, have lunch out and take in a movie. He's going with me to San Antonio so maybe that will count for some of our together time.

Like someone commented on a earlier post, my "me time" is when I'm writing.

One other thing I can't miss is the fact that Dancing With the Stars is soon to begin. I can pass up a lot of reality TV, but I love Dancing. Hubby likes it now too, so that'll be part of our together time.

Next month I'll let you know if this has all been way too much for this great-grandmother to cope with.



  1. Yay for the upcoming release and yes - blog tours and promo can take lots of time. It's amazing how much more goes into a book than just writing and editing it! Have fun with everything. I know you'll find a way to do it all....and when you do let me know how you managed it!

  2. Have fun, Marilyn! Take lots of little breaks with Hap so you don't get too crazed! ;-)

  3. Thanks, Joelle. I will have fun, I know but may feel overwhelmed at times.

    Yep, I'll do that, Susan, it's the only way to stay sane and keep Hap happy.