Read an E-Book Week, the largest international celebration of e-books, starts today. Every year, the Read an E-Book Week gives readers a chance to try out new authors and new books at a discount or some even for free.
My publisher, Ylva Publishing, is participating in Read an E-Book Week too.
From March 2 until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) on March 8, you can get two of my books—Backwards to Oregon and Second Nature—along with some other books published by Ylva Publishing at a 25% discount on Smashwords. They offer DRM-free e-books in mobi, epub, or pdf format.
Important: Use the code REW25 at checkout to get the discount!
Happy reading, everyone!
Another month is over, and I again didn’t get as much writing done as I wanted, mostly because I was helping friends move and I’m preparing my own move in March.
I also started turning my short story “The Morning After” into a novella, and I’m having a lot of fun with this one! I also did some research for my next novel, whose main character, like the main character in “The Morning After” will be an actress.
So here are the writing numbers for February.
|2014 - TOTAL||123 hours||130 hours||36 hour||0 hours|
|January||75 hours||60 hours||1 hour||--|
|February||48 hours||70 hours||35 hour||--|
If I include marketing, I spent about 170 hours on writing-related activities.
Check back at the beginning of April for this month’s writing numbers and for news on the publication of Conflict of Interest.
Wishing everyone a great weekend!
As promised, I’m interviewing writers of lesbian fiction who don’t write full time this year.
Today’s guest has just published her newest novel, Rebound, which is already in the Amazon top 100 and also very high on my to-be-read list.
Let’s start with some warm-up questions:
Chocolate or cookies?
Chocolate. Dark chocolate. That is definitely my weakness. I keep a bag of Dove bite-sized pieces in the cupboard. I’ve got decent willpower, though. When I indulge, I keep it to a single bite. That way, I don’t feel guilty.
E-books or paperbacks?
I’m old school, so nothing replaces having a book in my hands. I do like the fact that my ereader holds many, many books in a small space. What I tend to do is buy hardcopies of my favorites.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Trek! Keeping with the old school theme.
Beach or mountains?
I love the outdoors, period. I’ve lived most of my adult life in close proximity to the ocean. However, the mountains have a greater appeal for me. I love the texture of the scenery, the variations of weather conditions, craggy rocks, lush green forests, cool mountain air, snow covered peaks. Yeah, the mountains do it for me.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I love to stay active. I’m not a marathon runner or anything, but I do enjoy my time pounding the pavement with my iPod streaming my favorite music in my ears. My wife and I kayak. I do some weightlifting and cross training. Again, not to extreme, just enough to stay fit and clear my brain. I find that physical activity helps my creativity. If I fall into a sedentary spell, my writing invariably suffers. Also, the physical activity offsets my periodic chocolate indulgence. My down time from the physical is spent reading.
My first book, Faithful Service, Silent Hearts was a long time in the making. Devon’s character latched onto my creative brain years ago. I would dabble in parts of her story and then, like so many of us, real life always seemed to get in the way. In about 2007, I discovered fan fiction sites, but I had no interest in writing stories based on someone else’s characters. It just wasn’t for me. Later, I stumbled on sections in those sites that allowed original submissions, so I submitted my story. That very flawed, and ultimately very different version of FSSH finished the year #2 on the Athenaeum. From there, I got my first publisher rejection. I’m glad because it let me know that I had a lot of work to do on my craft if I wanted to be taken seriously. (For the record, I still work hard at craft daily). A wonderful group of like-minded women at a place called the Lesbian Fiction Forum gave me tons of critique and encouragement. I learned enough to improve my manuscript, and eventually I was fortunate enough to have FSSH published.
How did you come up with the idea for Rebound?
My nephew and one of my dearest friends are spinal cord injured. They both played wheelchair basketball and are very involved in various organizations promoting education and opportunity for disabled individuals. They are my daily inspiration. Both of them attack life with such gusto and determination that it’s impossible not to respond to that unspoken challenge: Never give up. Rebound developed out of my humble attempt to portray folks with disabilities in a fair and positive light. They don’t want our pity, only the same chance to prove their individual worth based on their merits, just like anyone else.
Your two previous novels, Faithful Service, Silent Hearts and Tactical Pursuit, have a strong action/adventure plot, but I hear Rebound is a departure from that. How is it different from your other novels?
As far as setting, Rebound is a bit different. Conner Maguire, the protagonist, is a professional basketball player, not a soldier or cop. I’ve said many times, “Yikes! Nobody’s getting blown up or shot at. ” LOL But, I think there is still a lot of the action and drama that LM fans have come to expect.
What would you say is the most important theme in Rebound, and what personal meaning does that theme have for you?
The tagline on my business cards has always been, “Stories of action, adventure, and the human spirit.” My readers know that I write very character-driven stories with deep point of view. Rebound is all about the human spirit. I think we all look at folks with disabilities and wonder what we would do if faced with that difficulty. Truth is, most of us would rise to the occasion. For Conner there’s no other choice. That’s the message: There’s no quitting. Life is what you make of it, no matter what.
How long did it take you to write Rebound?
Oh, wow. That’s tough. Rebound went through several incarnations before I hit on the right formula. The beginning of the story came to me in a rush many years ago. But, I think I was afraid of the story. Honestly. I wanted to tell this story authentically and portray these characters with the strength and dignity they deserved. I didn’t want it to be typical in either the “miraculous recovery” or the “drawn out drama and angst” kind of recovery that seems to be the norm. The injury isn’t the protagonist, Conner is. It changes her, but doesn’t define her. So, it took me a few years to work through that in my head.
I struggle to find writing time. Discipline. That’s all I can really say. You have to want to write and be successful enough to carve out time to do it. We all make choices in our day about whether to do this or that activity. Get on Facebook and lose two hours before you even realize it or write. Some days, FB wins. LOL
As far as myself, my workdays are very long, and my schedule can change dramatically from week to week, but normally I write in the morning, while my wife is still sleeping. I try to take care of emails, etc, then write for an hour, on a good day, two. Then it’s time to workout and get ready for my shift. Since I have so little time, I really have to focus on whatever project I’m working on.
What’s your favorite scene in Rebound?
My favorite scene in Rebound is a scene where Conner has decided that she wants to give wheelchair basketball a try. She goes to the gym alone because she doesn’t want anyone to see her trying to shoot. Suddenly, just making a basket is daunting. Conner is experiencing her new reality first hand and her frustration boils over into a sort of tantrum. Oh, yeah, and the coach who’s been less than impressed by Conner’s pedigree sees the whole thing. The layers of humility and compassion in that scene set the tone for the rest of the story, I think. Conner really has to figure out this new life.
Which scene in Rebound was hardest for you to write?
Hands down the hardest scene was Conner’s first sexual experience post-injury. I tried to write it with the sensitivity and honesty that it deserved.
What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would Conner, the main character in Rebound, order? Black coffee? Soy-sugar-free-non-fat-vanilla latte? Double chocolate chip Frappuccino with whipped cream and chocolate sauce? Something else?
Conner’s an athlete, so non-fat latte, no whip.
What projects are you working on right now?
I’m working on a short story for an upcoming anthology from Sapphire Books and another police-based drama called Full Honors that will be out later this year. The protagonist in this story is a little darker, nothing like Devon or Mac, and it’s a stand-alone story. We’ll explore some new themes, but it will once again be in the deep POV context of the job through their eyes and imperfections. As always, with an LM story, the story won’t be formulaic, and the ending might not be the typical HEA, but the human spirit will rise.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Lynette. I’m about to curl up on the couch with your newest book, and I so look forward to it.
Fellow writers of lesbian fiction, if you are looking for a promotion opportunity and want to be interviewed on my blog, send me an e-mail (email@example.com)
Have a great Sunday.
My newest short story, “Lessons in Love and Life,” has been published, and I think it’s very fitting that it’s been released just in time for Valentine’s Day.
In “Lessons in Love and Life,” a companion to my historical romance Hidden Truths, Amy wants to do something nice for her sweetheart, Rika, and take her to Salem for a romantic night of dancing. But in 1869, that’s not easy for two women, so Amy comes up with a daring plan…and ends up learning some lessons in love and life.
For now, the short story is available via Amazon, but it will soon be available at other online bookstores as well.
I hope you enjoy it!
Hard to believe that my first month as a full-time writer is over already.
I got less writing done than I wanted, but I did a lot of editing.
At the beginning of the month, I proofread Hidden Truths one more time. The novel has been published by now, and sales are going well. I also got my short story, Lessons in Love and Life, back from the copy editor. It will be published on or around Valentine’s Day.
Now I’m working on revising my romantic suspense novel Conflict of Interest.
So without further ado, here are the writing numbers for January.
|2014 - TOTAL||75 hours||60 hours||1 hour||0 hours|
|January||75 hours||60 hours||1 hour||--|
In addition to writing and editing, I spent about 30 hours on marketing, which includes blogging, updating Facebook, Twitter, my website, and exchanging e-mails with readers.
So all in all, I spent about 165 hours on writing-related activities.
Check back at the beginning of March for this month’s writing numbers.
Wishing everyone a great weekend!
Here’s the blurb:
“Luke” Hamilton has been living as a husband and father for the past seventeen years. No one but her wife, Nora, knows she is not the man she appears to be. They have raised their daughters to become honest and hard-working young women, but even with their loving foundation, Amy and Nattie are hiding their own secrets.
Just as Luke sets out on a dangerous trip to Fort Boise, a newcomer arrives on the ranch—Rika Aaldenberg, who traveled to Oregon as a mail-order bride, hiding that she’s not the woman in the letters.
When hidden truths are revealed, will their lives and their family fall apart or will love keep them together?
Compared to the first edition, there are a lot of changes, including a couple of extended scenes in the first half of the novel. Most of the changes concern the ending, though. I don’t want to give too much away, but I wrote four completely new chapters that deepen the romance between Amy and Rika.
In addition to changes to the content, my editor—Fletcher DeLancey—and I worked hard to smooth out sentences, remove repetitions, and make the reading experience more enjoyable.
Even though I removed a lot of unnecessary words and sentences, with the four new chapters, Hidden Truths is still a nice, long read, coming to a total of 157,000 words (about 500 pages).
Hidden Truths is available as an e-book from Amazon. It will soon be available from other online bookstores such as Smashwords and Barnes & Nobles and as a paperback too.
I hope you enjoy the second revised and expanded edition of Hidden Truths!
During the last few months, I’ve been working hard on revising my novel Hidden Truths.
Now it’s just a few more days until the revised and expanded second edition of Hidden Truths will be published.
To celebrate that, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of the first book in the “Oregon” series, Backwards to Oregon.
All you need to do to enter the drawing is to click “enter to win” in the box below.
Best of luck!
Last year, I started interviewing full-time writers of lesbian fiction. The list would hardly be complete without today’s guest.
Georgia Beers lives in Rochester with her wife—the awesome-sounding Bonnie—, their niece, two dogs, and a cat. She’s the author of almost a dozen novels and short stories, including Starting from Scratch, 96 Hours (which I really enjoyed), and Snow Globe, her newest release. Despite being a self-confessed introvert, she was the keynote speaker at last year’s GCLS conference and filmed a hilarious video about “A Day in the Life of a Romance Writer.”
If you haven’t watched it yet, go take a look and then come back to read the interview.
Don’t you just love the Law & Order: SVU “ching-ching” sound?
So let’s move on to the interview.
How long have you been writing full-time?
It’s been a bit sporadic, but all told, about four years.
What was the process of moving into full-time writing for you?
For our genre in particular, a big part of the consideration is financial. I love what I do, but it doesn’t bring in a ton of money, so my wife and I had to sit down and calculate if my giving up a regular, steady-paying job to be paid a few times a year was something we could handle. After that, it was about making a space in our house that felt comfortable enough for me to sit there for several hours a day. Leaving a regular job was a bit daunting and scary, but 95% of the time, I’m so glad I did it.
Do you write every day? Do you give yourself weekends or days off or vacation time away from writing?
I don’t necessarily write every day, but I work on my current project in some way every day. Whether I’m plotting in my head or jotting down notes, there is always some sort of work being done (and I often have to remind myself that this is the case so I don’t feel guilty for not actually typing any words that day). I do tend to take weekends off to spend with Bonnie. On occasion, she must work a Saturday or a Sunday, and on those days, I’ll work a little bit too. As for vacation time, my general pattern is to work through the year until November. Then I try to take the entire span of the holidays off because there’s so much going on and so much that needs to be done. I get back to work in early January.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
I get up early with Bonnie, usually by 6am. Weather permitting, we walk the dogs and have breakfast together. I do my email correspondence while she’s in the shower, then I hop in after her. When she leaves for work, I sit my butt down at my desk and do my best to get to work for a few hours. It doesn’t always happen, but the effort is made.
That depends upon where I am in a project. If I’m in the middle of a book, I like to give myself a mental goal. In my opinion, 1,000 words or more is a good day. I write in spurts. I have never been the kind of person who can sit down and write into the wee hours (I wish I was). I tend to work for a couple hours at a time, and then I need to get up and engage my brain in something else, even if it’s something mindless like laundry or grocery shopping. And if I’ve hit 1,000 words, I don’t feel guilty doing that.
If I’m in the early planning stages of a novel or if I’m in editing, I try to make myself work for a certain amount of time, usually a couple hours. Again, it doesn’t always happen, but I try hard not to leave the room.
Where do you write?
We have a three-bedroom house. One of the bedrooms is my office. My desk faces the windows that look out the front, so I have a bit of a view. It’s a great space. It feels good. It’s comfortable. I love it.
On occasion, I’ll feel the need for a change of scenery. Not often, but every once in a while I’ll take my laptop to a Barnes & Noble or a local coffee shop and get some work done there.
How did family and friends react to you giving up your day job to become a full-time writer?
Honestly, I got nothing but happiness, pride, and support.
How much time do you spend promoting your books, including blogging, social media, etc.?
Ask anybody who knows me and they’ll tell you: I am a terrible self-promoter. Terrible. I hate doing it. I avoid it if I can. I was brought up to not “toot my own horn,” so asking people to support me and buy my work feels…rude. Admittedly, social media makes it a bit easier. I happen to enjoy Facebook and Twitter, though I don’t post on a regular basis. I know some people would argue that I should be posting on a set schedule, but it feels so…fake to me. I post when I have something to say, and I share links to my work when it’s necessary to do so. But I’m not somebody who updates her status six times a day. I just don’t have that much to say that I think is interesting enough to share it with the world. Nobody cares if I ate a sandwich or I’m stuck in traffic. LOL! I do have a blog and I get good feedback on the things I write about there, but I don’t blog often (or often enough, depending on who you ask). Again, I need to feel like I have something important to share before I just blather on and on about nothing much. I guess I’m old-fashioned like that.
What’s the best thing about being a full-time writer?
The freedom. Being my own boss. Setting my own hours. Being at home with my dogs all day, every day. It’s awesome. I’m so lucky, especially since I’m such a homebody and being in my house all day makes me very happy.
What’s the most difficult thing about being a full-time writer?
For me? Discipline. By far. All my talk earlier about sitting and writing for hours? Yeah, that’s what I shoot for, but it doesn’t always happen. I am easily distracted. If I’m at a tough point in my project and I realize a load of laundry needs to be done, or hey, the sun is shining, I should take the dogs for a walk, I’m done. It’s very challenging for me to keep my behind in my chair and not become sidetracked by something else, something easier and more immediate.
Also, along those same lines comes the need to contribute. Because I don’t have to get up and drive to work every day, and because I don’t bring in a regular paycheck, it feels necessary to me to contribute to the running of the house in other ways. Bonnie goes to work every day and brings home steady money, as well as taking care of our health benefits. Because of that, I try to do other things so she doesn’t have to. I keep the house clean, do the grocery shopping, take care of the dogs and the yard. That’s my way of contributing in a non-financial way. Often, I can let those things pull my head away from my work. I have to make a concerted effort sometimes not to allow that, and it can be very difficult for me.
Is there anything you wish you would have known before becoming a full-time writer?
Nothing I can come up with off the top of my head. I wrote on a part-time basis for a good length of time, I think. I got to know the industry and its ins and outs, I built a following, I had all my ducks in a row before I made the move to full-time. I think that was a good way to do it.
What advice would you give a fellow author who wants to write full time?
Hold on to that dream, but be patient. Make sure it’s the right time for you before you give up the day job. It’s a very big financial change, and you need to make sure it’s something you can handle before you do it and then realize maybe you should have waited. A few more months/years won’t make a huge difference.
Can you tell us a bit about your latest novel?
My next novel is due out in May. It’s called Olive Oil & White Bread, and it’s a romance, but with a bit of a twist. Rather than watching the two main characters fall in love and then end the book, I have them fall in love in the beginning of the book. The remainder of it is about the next twenty-plus years of their life together. I’ve received a lot of e-mail from readers asking if I would ever write a romance about a long-term couple, so I did. It’s the hardest book I’ve written so far, but I’m proud of it. I hope my readers enjoy it.
What books can we look forward to from you in the future?
Hopefully, lots more! I have no intention of not writing, so I’ll keep going as long as my readers keep reading. I’m in the very early stages of the next book, a romance set in the Adirondacks. I’ve got a bare-bones outline for the book after that as well. I also hope to write some more short stories. I’m currently working on a sequel to my novella “Balance,” so we’ll see what happens there. In short, just more!
Thank you, Georgia, for taking the time to answer my questions and for giving us some insight into your daily writing life beyond what we already saw in the video.
Have a great start into the new week!
In November and Dezember, I interviewed 10 full-time writers of lesbian fiction. In 2014, I would like to interview writers of lesbian fiction who don’t write full-time.
My first guest is Caren Werlinger, who up until last year was a fellow L-Book author and is now publishing under her own imprint. Caren is the author of the award-winning novel Looking Through Windows and the critically acclaimed Misere as well as In This Small Spot and Neither Present Time. Her newest book, Year of the Monsoon, was published just a few days ago.
Welcome to my blog, Caren. Let’s start with some warm-up questions:
Chocolate or cookies?
It depends on the chocolate or the cookies! I love dark chocolate, and molasses cookies are at the top of the list, too.
E-books or paperbacks?
I have a few e-books, and I understand the appeal of being able to take hundreds of books anywhere on an e-reader, but I prefer real books. I tend to buy paperbacks and have an extensive library of my favorite older books which aren’t available as e-books anyhow.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Trek – especially The Next Generation. When Star Wars came out, my brother loved it, and I just couldn’t get into anything he liked that much. Since then, I’ve come to appreciate what George Lucas did with that story arc, but it still takes a back seat to Star Trek for me.
Beach or mountains?
I love both, and they both call to me at different times. I’m red-headed and freckly, so I burn very easily in the sun. Beach time for me is walking on the beach early and late in the day, not frying myself. I enjoy fishing and biking and hiking, so mountains call to me a lot as well. Luckily, I live in the Shenandoah Valley, so I have easy access to all of those things.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What do you do when you’re not writing?
I have a wide variety of interests – not that I’m great at any of them, but they give me enjoyment. I play guitar, I draw, I make furniture and carve wood. I like exercising, so I have a weight room and treadmill in the basement.
Please tell us about your journey in becoming a published writer. How did you come to establish Corgyn Publishing, your own publishing company?
I’m laughing at this one – it’s a very long story, but I’ll synopsize here. Probably like many authors, my first book, Looking Through Windows, was a work in progress for about ten years before it was accepted by a publisher. I had many rejections in the years prior to that acceptance as I tried to do the agent/traditional publisher route. Unfortunately, just as LTW was published, the economy tanked and we began losing bookstores. My publisher wasn’t taking on any new projects at that time. I began submitting to other lesbian fiction publishers and had three other books accepted by two publishers, including L-Book, your original publisher. As you know, Roxanne Jones passed away unexpectedly late in 2012, and the company closed as a result. All of L-Book’s authors were suddenly faced with the prospect of finding other publishers or going indie. I had been in business for myself before, so I knew what was involved. I was also smart enough to ask for help from people who are way smarter than I am! Several other indie authors were very supportive, freely offering advice and tutorials in the process of indie publishing. I can never express enough thanks to them, and hopefully have been able to pay that debt forward in helping other fledgling authors. I wanted my books to be published as professionally as possible and decided to establish an imprint. Having had corgyn in the house since 1994 made the name a no-brainer.
Your website says “literary fiction with a twist,” and indeed your novels don’t seem to be the typical lesbian romance novels. What would you say makes your books stand out?
I do enjoy romances, and I’m a sucker for a good love story, but meeting someone and falling in love is only the beginning of being in love. In the meantime, life is filled with no many things that can make staying in love a challenge: health issues, work stress, family drama. I love writing stories that explore those dynamics, with characters who happen to be lesbians. In most of my books, being lesbian is not an issue for the characters. It’s as natural a part of them as their eye color, so the story can focus on the other issues.
Like Leisa in Year of the Monsoon, I am adopted. Some parts of Leisa’s story are my story – but with much more drama! See a bit more about this in the next answer.
How did you come up with the title for Year of the Monsoon?
The title came to me early in this story, which is unusual for me. I had this couple, two women whose life together had progressed happily through ten years together, when suddenly, their world is slammed by a storm of epic proportions that just keeps battering them over and over again. I wanted to explore how they would work through the storm and find each other again.
It seems that family and identity are strong themes in Year of the Monsoon. What personal meaning do those themes have for you?
This question made me realize that these themes keep popping up in my books. I know your psychologist brain is already analyzing that, Jae! My family growing up was a family of choice, as we three oldest were all adopted before my parents were “blessed” with my youngest sister (I’m sure she’s yelling as she reads this!). Even though I know we were loved and cherished by our parents, just the fact that we were adopted brings the possibility of a different identity into the equation. Many LGBT people have to make families of choice as well – whether because biological families have ostracized them, or by choosing to have or adopt children, or simply by putting together a circle of friends who become family.
How long did it take you to write Year of the Monsoon?
It took a couple of years on and off as I was working on other books. I got stuck on this story for a while – probably because it was so personal to me. I finished it in 2010. It was one of the books under contract with L-Book.
How do you find enough time to write, even though you have a day job? Any tips for how to be productive as a writer who can’t write full time?
I keep a notebook and/or laptop with me at work. I write during my lunch break and can jot plot ideas down as they occur to me. On weekends, I rise early and use that quiet time in the house to get a lot of my writing done. I know a lot of other writers wait until late in the evening after the house is quiet to get their writing done, but my brain is fried at night. I think about my books then, but can’t write. My best advice is to know when your most creative time is, and try to make that time for yourself.
What’s your favorite scene in Year of the Monsoon?
Oh gosh, that’s hard. I guess one of my favorites was when Todd comes to visit. I loved writing his character.
Which scene in Year of the Monsoon was hardest for you to write?
This I can’t answer without a huge spoiler, so I’ll just say that readers will have no trouble picking out which scene was the hardest to write. I sobbed as I wrote it and I still can’t read it without crying.
What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would Leisa Yeats, the main character in Year of the Monsoon, order? Black coffee? Soy-sugar-free-non-fat-vanilla latte? Double chocolate chip Frappuccino with whipped cream and chocolate sauce? Something else?
Hmmm, Leisa would probably order a skim-milk mocha – wait, add whipped cream!
What projects are you working on right now? Any upcoming releases?
I am working on my eighth book now – no working title yet. My next release will be a book titled She Sings of Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things (it’s happier than the title suggests!), tentatively scheduled for May/June 2014.
Thank you so much for this interesting interview, Caren. And just for the record, my psychologist brain was quite happy with the themes in your books. In fact, family and identity are themes that pop up in most of my books too. I think these themes are universal and important to most of us for one reason or another.
For any author of lesbian fiction, indie or traditionally published, wanting to be interviewed on my blog, please send me an e-mail (jae @ jae-fiction.com).
Have a great week, everyone!
December was an incredible month for me. If you follow my blog, you already know that I gave up my day job as a psychologist at the end of the month and am now writing full time!
In December, I worked mostly on the second edition of Hidden Truths and on a new short story that goes with it, Lessons in Love and Life.
Hidden Truths is now with the formatter/layout person and will be published in January, and the short story is with the copy editor, so now I can go back to working on Conflict of Interest.
So without further ado, here are the writing numbers for December and for the whole year 2013.
|2013 - TOTAL||930 hours||229 hours||35 hours||143 hours|
|January||46 hours||14 hours||--||--|
|February||44 hours||19 hours||--||--|
|March||82 hours||15 hours||--||--|
|April||71 hours||4 hours||--||--|
|May||105 hours||5 hours||25 hours||--|
|June||135 hours||10 hours||--||--|
|July||122 hours||19 hours||--||--|
|August||67 hours||16 hours||--||52 hours|
|September||37 hours||55 hours||--||7 hours|
|October||59 hours||41 hours||28 hours|
|November||84 hours||26 hours||10 hours||39 hours|
|December||78 hours||5 hours||17 hours|
As you can see, I spent a total of 1,108 hours on writing-related activities, which means I wrote for an average of 3 hours each day. And I spent a total of 229 hours editing other writers’ work (about 40 minutes every day).
I’m curious about the numbers in 2014. How will they compare, now that I’m writing full time? Right now, it feels as if I’m spending a lot of my time on e-mail and marketing, so time management is definitely still an issue even when you write full time!
Check back next month for January’s writing numbers.
Wishing everyone a great weekend!
Created by Krystel Contreras & Jorge Courbis