Which better than balls to the wall, I guess. Although I might be at the 'balls to the wall' stage before too long. But I digress...
I have a lot of balls in the air right now. And I've never been much of a juggler.
I'm working on getting Dying Embers ready for publication. Ugh, this was part of the reason I held onto the idea of being traditionally published for so long. There's a lot to do and I really wanted someone else to have to do it. Just to give you an idea:
I had to find and contract an editor.
I had to find and contract my own cover artist.
Round one edits*.
Round two edits*.
Receive and evaluate cover samples.
If samples aren't right, do the back and forth thing with the artist. (I assume. I don't know exactly how this part works.)
Format book for everywhere it needs to sell. (Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, print, etc.)
Learn about formatting.
Work on marketing.
Be visible so when my book does come out people aren't all 'who is this chick again?'
Since I've never been traditionally published, I assume they would do most of that without me - with the exception of the starred bits. And the marketing would fall on me as well as them. I guess.
And there's getting the next book ready enough to be able to send it off to my editor in March without her wanting to poke out her eyes with a pointy stick. At which point, the process will begin again.
Add to that the unwise move of paying for a month of Ancestry.com (what was I thinking), and the whole furbaby dental extravaganza, and I'm juggling chainsaws at the county fair.
Life, writing, editing, life, writing, editing, life... well you get the gist.
And let's not talk about housework, shall we? Thank the gods Hubs does the laundry or I'd be writing this post naked. Also, thank the gods I use dish washing as a break. It's hard to eat chili off a paper plate.
Still, it's kind of exciting. Soon I'll have a book people can buy and read. I'll have a book I can hold in my hands and put on my shelf. And that's worth every ball I can throw into the air.
Just keep your fingers crossed I don't drop any of them. ;o)