Between social media scheduling, raising 6 adorable little boys and pinning a ton on Pinterest, I find time to write, miraculously. 2018 was a fairly productive year for me – added a new version on Pinterest Strategy given all the updates, and started a workbook planner series. And while many authors don’t see the nonfiction market as exciting or thrilling, I feel think that education is sexy, and so is intelligence, so I choose to continue to write nonfiction, because that’s my forte.
The author life isn’t exactly “sexy” or “glamorous”. If you think that we sit on the edge of lakes with our typewriters typing up the next masterpiece you’re dead wrong. Many of us are piecing together books, writing in chunks (a tribute to Allie Pleiter), writing when we can, writing between nap times with our kids, writing at late hours of the night on “stints” with our writing buddies… whenever.
It’s not exactly a laptop-on-a-desk-with-white-curtains-blowing-in-the-room-like-nights-in-rodanthe type of feel. It’s paper scratching, laptop-thumping, cursing, saving, editing, revising, eating, stuffing our faces, coffee-guzzling, type of work.
As I write this I’m sitting in our Montana 5th wheel, looking at my calendar of to-do’s for the day, checking in with our contractor waiting for our house to be finished (yeah, it’s only 25% complete and won’t be ready until June 2019), checking my social media stats, scheduling posts for the following week, and looking at my outline for the next project with a quizzical look. I know I need to research more. I need more depth and meat.
I write, on average, about 5000 words per day. That’s just in my books. That doesn’t include the blog posts I write for people and brands, the scheduled posts I write, or the emails I write to educate. Or the messages and education I give my Mastermind group. There’s a LOT that goes into being a writer and making a business out of it.
One of the biggest questions I get asked by people that find out I’m an author (mostly my husband’s friends) is “how many books do you sell a year” or “how much money do you make as an author”? People are naturally curious. I get it. It’s a mystical profession from the outside world looking in. But that’s also like me going up to some middle manager at a party and asking “so how much do you make a year?” Not exactly a great question to ask. But I will say that I’m fairly transparent with my blog income because I’m really into Pinterest and want people to know what’s possible to do as an author and blogger from an income standpoint.
I’ve written over 10 books, and plan another 52 this year. It’s an aggressive publishing schedule, I know. But I’m also building an ARC team that is helping me with letting me know what they like about my books and they get copies and review them, as well. Building an ARC team takes time. Sometimes years. Some people wonder how reviews happen on the first day – a book launches and there’s like, 100 reviews on it already. That’s in part, due to ARC reviewers who read books in advance for authors.
I’m still building mine. I know it takes a great deal of time and effort. I’m cool with that.
There’s a lot of editing, formatting, legal hoops, copyrighting, cover design, marketing, mockups, and people you have to connect with to get your book noticed. I wish it were easier. I wish it were overnight. But it’s not. It’s something worth doing and that means that there’s a significant amount of effort and work that goes into it.
I’m fortunate that I’m able to design my own covers as a full-time graphic designer and have an editor on staff.
So that’s author life in a nutshell. If you’re ever wondering what I’m up to or doing, assume it’s writing SOMETHING. Or dreaming that someday readers will get as excited about a nonfiction book as they do a sexy romance novel with a shirtless dude on the cover. One can dream. LOL
The Querencia Series has been an absolutely delightful project for me to work on. It’s more of a passion series for me as a writer – I have an undying love and draw to the sea. My family has been into sailing for several generations.
I really hope that you’ll love reading this series as much as I enjoyed writing them. It’s still in the works so you’ll have to wait until they’re released!
Synopsis for Book 1: Anchor
Abby McClintock is a 36-year-old ex-everything. After her husband got arrested by the FBI for participating in an illegal mortgage securities scandal, the life she once knew has sunk to the depths of the ocean, never to be found again. All assets were seized and the bank accounts were drained if not frozen. What she had established as a solid writing platform has now been smeared by online haters and victims of fraudulent mortgages, even though Abby had nothing to do with what happened on Wall Street. Her entire career and good name has become tarnished, and her books are being burned across the country.
Abby has lost everything… except for the one asset she has kept to herself, placed in the safety of a trust and bought with her book royalties: The Querencia. Because of its value and her attorney’s sound advice not to make any significant financial decisions or transactions, she elects to live aboard her sloop-rigged sailboat and try to start her life over again. There, she begins the healing process, writing in solitude with, at times, treacherous ocean waters.
Abby needs to find her anchor, her strength to continue on, and feel at home again. You’ll see why The Querencia is the best place to find her authentic self that had once been lost amid lavish success, and then hard times.