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A Day in the Life
Hi everyone and thanks to April for letting me stop by today. The last couple of weeks have been so very exciting for me as I had a new book out June 24, the last in my Pleasure Wars series, Beautiful Distraction. And if that wasn’t enough TODAY my new series launched with the release of A Matter of Sin (The Ladies Book of Pleasures 1). Add to that we just got new flooring through our whole house. So pretty much I’ve been a tiny bit crazed for the last month.
A writer’s life is like that. Or maybe it’s just mine. So when April suggested maybe I write a little about a day in my life, I laughed a little, I might have cried a tiny bit and then I decided, what the heck. So I present to you a little view into my day to day life. Please don’t run screaming from the room when I’m done.
My day really depends a great deal on whether I’m currently writing or not. When I am, I get up around 7-8 am. I try to eat breakfast every day and we’re paleo, so that usually involves making something. But that’s okay, it gives me a chance to wake up and watch a little news. Once breakfast is over, I head to my office. I tend to answer email and maybe do a little marketing before I write. I have a page goal each day so that I meet my deadlines and I’ll generally work on that until my goal is met. That can be anything from an hour and a half to three or four hours, depending on how hard the writing is that day. But normally it’s a couple hours of solid writing work punctuated by occasional spot research and email.
By that time it’s nearly lunch, so I’ll do more email and then eat. My husband also works at home. He’s my assistant and also runs a site for authors, so we’ll make food and eat together or go out to eat. This is usually when I do tidying up around the house, too. Once I’m done I lock down for marketing. Now the cool thing about marketing is that a lot of it is kind of fun. I love doing Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, blogging, Pinterest and the like. But wow, there is a lot of it. I’ll usually spend three or more hours during this period working on those things. A blog like this one can take half an hour to an hour, so it really depends on what is on my plate. Today, for example I had 14 things on my daily to do list that were marketing related, plus 5 chapters of a book to edit. One of those things was “write blogs” and I had three of those to do.
Once I’ve done some of that marketing, I will take a break, clean up some more, check the mail, make dinner (or go out) and then the fun part comes. I go back to work. Sometimes that means going back to write some more or to edit or to market. Sometimes all three if I have a lot going on (like when I was prepping this blog).
Is it a lot of work? Yes, indeed it is. Sometimes I’m tired. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and have a serious cry. But it’s just what I need to do because writing and publishing and getting books sold is my number one priority. And it’s still, even on its worst day, the best job in the world. The fact that I can make my living doing what I love and maybe even touch some readers along the way is all worth it!
Plus, I also try to take breaks. This year my husband and I aren’t travelling for fun, but next year we’ll go to Paris for the last stage of the Tour de France, we play video games together or go for walks or the gym. I see my adorable nephews at least once a week and I play HARD. So it’s a tradeoff. I work for myself and that is awesome. But God, my boss is tough.
So that’s it. I hope you’ll check out my books. A Matter of Sin starts a new series, so it’s a great place to start if you’re a new-to-me reader! Plus, you pay my bills and make the work all worthwhile.
What a privilege to have you with us and our readers today!
About Jess Michaels…
Jess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish) 50 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.
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