Behind the Curtains: A Crazy Two Months

Hey, everyone! The last two months have been a crazy battle to meet deadlines, literally one after the next, but I made it by the grace of God and the skin of my teeth. You know, on top of the general crazy that is the world in the midst of a pandemic. Note to those getting ready to enter the world of the published author, don’t line up releases one month after the next unless you enjoy insanity.

For anyone who’s read this blog for very long, you’ve heard me talk about how important it is to keep your promises.

This was literally one of the only things that kept me from throwing my hands into the air and giving up. For the readers who missed that, it’s truly the most crucial thing in this business next to turning in your best work.

As y’all know, my dad had a stroke a couple of weeks ago, but even before that he was having some balance issues brought on by vertigo, which meant late nights for me because he had to set up in his recliner and I stuck close by. I didn’t necessarily have to, but it was either that or lie in bed wondering if every bump of a settling house was him falling. For the record, he’s fine now.

Even with this, though my publisher is amazing and puts the authors first, my deadlines didn’t go away. When an author misses their deadline, it’s not just one person it affects, but the whole team. Marketing, editors, even the cover design department in some instances, are thrown off which costs money. So, I wasn’t about to miss my deadlines no matter what life threw at me.

I’ve never been a coffee drinker, but the last couple of months have gotten me into it. Especially when I’ll be pulling an all-nighter. It’s not something I do often, not great for the health, but when necessary, I will. In the end, the final book in my Step Into Darkness series and my novella The Compact made it to my publisher on time and are now available in paperback. Now I’m onto more wordy worlds, including a short story I just sent to my editor today.

A quick few pieces of wisdom I’d like to drop before I go for any aspiring authors out there. 1. Keep your promises. 2. Stagger releases. 3. Scheduled breaks and then keep to your schedule so you don’t end up stressed and crazy.

Sincerely,

Justina

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