I came to a realization. I had more obligations than I had time or sanity. Moreover, I have looming deadlines and my time to work on them was nil.
My hubby discussed all of this with me and he said more or less what I had been thinking all along. I needed to trim some things from my life which caused my overloaded schedule to explode on occasion. It really bothered me to close down my editing services, but I’ve been happier and have had more time and less stress. I have a handful of regular clients who I agreed to continue to mentor and edit for, but the huge backup of manuscripts is now gone.
At the end of June, I shut down my workshop group and moved all the lessons, articles and publishing info I supply over to the AWH blog while keeping the AWH Chatters group open so writers can commune with others, chitchat and ask the occasional writing/publishing question.
I also pulled back from being on the Internet, especially the loops. I concentrate mostly on three groups, Facebook and Twitter. By doing so, this has freed up a lot of my time too.
It’s like my hubby said, there comes a time when a person must start saying ‘no’ and start thinking about what she needs or wants instead. The first few weeks of this policy was exceedingly difficult for me. I felt lost, felt as if I had let people down, and it took me a while to realize that I actually had free time I could put to good use. However, as time went on and as I was able to concentrate on my writing more and more, it all became easier, I began to relax and I realized that I was happier.
Since June, I’ve been offered several publishing contracts, I will see two to four books in print by this time next year, and will have books two and three in progress for a couple of series. My scrapbook is filling up again with reviews, covers, etc., my office wall has some newly framed cover art hanging on it, and I have ideas for establishing a line of books with a colleague. In the next year or two I will either have my teaching degree or I’ll bite the bullet and open my own e-publishing company, but both of those depend on what happens with my published work outside of e-books. For now, I play it by ear and mark one project at a time off my list.
If you’re a writer, it’s nice to go online and hang out at the loops and forums, but there comes a time where you have to step back and realize that you don’t need all that headache and drama. What matters is your work, what makes you happy. From time to time you must feed your soul because that’s where a writer’s energy stems from.
Good energy produces good work. Feed the muse and revel in the freedom!
The Darkness of Sable, coming August 2010 from www.passioninprint.com Available in print and ebook!
Erotic, paranormal/fantasy romance/Interracial
F.L. Bicknell's work has appeared in a wide range of genres such as Would That It Were, Touch Magazine, GC Magazine, Ohio Writer Magazine, Waxing and Waning (Canada), and The Istanbul Literature Review (Turkey) just to name a few. Faith was a regular contributor to Gent under her pseudonym, Molly Diamond. She has also had fiction published in Hustler’s Busty Beauties, Penthouse Variations, Twenty 1 Lashes, and was a regular contributor to Ruthie’s Club for three years. In addition, Faith has many e-books and some print titles published under various pen names.
For two years, Faith served as the co-editor of The Tenacity Times and she served as the managing edtior for two e-book publishers for thirteen years until she resigned in 2009 to focus on her writing career. She is represented by TriadaUS Literary Agency (www.triadaus.com).