- by Charlotte Hubbard
They’re all good, these distractions I’ve got, but they are, well—distracting while I consider how to handle my writing schedule this year! If you look at this brain and see a figure in fetal position . . . it might be me!
I am so pleased to announce that right before Christmas I sold the first two books of a new Amish romance series to NAL! Really nice boost to my career—and my agent and I figured out how to wedge them between the other three Amish romances I sold last January. This leaves me with the tightest, back-to-back-to-back writing schedule I’ve ever had—a very full dance card through the spring of 2012 (and in that year, I’ll have four of these single titles coming out!). I’m confident I can write these books well, even in the three-and-a-half month time slots I have for them, but I’ll be seriously busy!
NOW, toss in my husband’s new job in St. Paul MN: our MO home’s for sale and I’m house hunting up north. This means I’ve been living “decluttered and staged” so I can leave home on twenty minutes’ notice, and I face a major move when it sells (I’m so grateful we’ll be professionally packed and moved!). Here again, it’s all good and I’m amazing myself with how calmly I’m taking these major life changes in stride. Ten years ago I would’ve been a twangy ball of rubber bands and nerves!
But help me out here: what ways do YOU suggest I find ways to focus on my writing in the coming months? I’m open to all manner of suggestions! I’m going to be uprooted, away from my Mac at times (really glad I got my iPad last year, as I write well on that!), and tending the ten thousand details that go with selling the old home and settling the new one.
And—how do you Promo Queens/Kings out there suggest I streamline my online promotion while I’m in this process? I’m taking a new name for these new books, and having my website revamped to accommodate both of us, but I’m open to your best time-savvy tips for optimizing time, money and effort to reach my readers.
THANKS for your comments and suggestions! Happy New Year to you! And may YOU receive as many wonderful distractions and as much good news as I’ve been granted in recent months!