Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Balancing The Scales

Okay, so we're already in March - are you kidding me? - and I have yet to complete some of the projects I foresaw myself debuting by now. Lately I've been feeling a bit overburdened, trying to juggle just way too many things at one time. Although my goals at the beginning of the year were a bit lofty to begin with, I see that my plate is quickly becoming weighed down not only with the work of completing my 2011 projects, but the stress that comes with realizing I can't reach every goal that I had intended to when I first created my project list at the beginning of the year.

I took a good look at my list of current projects and rearranged my priorities, moving some things to the back burner temporarily until I can get caught up. Right now I've decided to focus my energy on four main areas: writing, marketing, the email newsletter, and my blog. My young adult novels - the Expired Reality series - take highest precedence right now, aside from marketing efforts. Because of this, I am postponing two things: The LZR Project - which I planned on debuting this month - and any audio renditions of my writings.

I believe The LZR Project, a mini-story series that takes place before my young adult novels, is better suited being released after the first couple novels debut. By that time, readers will be familiar with my series, my characters, and will hopefully want to invest the time to check out the back stories of the main heroes.

The audio....well, that has to be postponed for a number of reasons. I don't really have a suitable location to record audio (the environment around my apartment complex is ridiculously noisy), nor do I have the time or gas right now to drive to a more isolated location to record. Recording and editing is also taking much longer than I had initially wished it to, forcing me to have to move my audio projects toward the bottom of my project list temporarily. I will still do audio versions of my writing in the near future, but right now they are going to have to wait.

I am really looking forward to the debut of my young adult series this summer. In order to get everything in line for their release, I have to step up my game. As much as I hate admitting that I'm falling behind in anything, I have to call this for what it is - a very busy time in my life - and adjust things accordingly.


Anonymous said...

Well hopefully I can help address a little bit of your marketing woes. This Saturday your interview posts as well as starting the contest for the book giveaways for End of Innocence and Broken Daisy. Hopefully I can get a lot of hits and bring some hype to your books.

Unknown said...

Your help is always appreciated. :) I'll be sure to reciprocate the traffic to your site as well.

Tiffany said...

I'm with bookblogger up there. I hope your guest appearance on Triple R helps you with some marketing as well. Also, I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes, I do so much within a day that, oddly enough, it feels like I haven't done anything at all by the end of the day. I guess because my big goals still seem so far away.

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Unknown said...

Tiffany, I feel the same way at the end of the day - no matter how much work I've done. I could work twelve hours and still feel like I have twelve hours worth of stuff that should be done in the same day. I usually feel that way about marketing and not really writing though, so it's probably because there are sooooo many marketing avenues that it just feels like you can never do enough.