I have to admit, being a writer is pretty darn cool. I get to make things up for a living. If you upset me I put you in one of my books and kill you off. If I think that your cool you may very well end up in one of my books. Any dream I have is fodder for my muse, I people watch like its my job. And did I mention I get to make stuff up for a living?
Now don’t get me wrong, I never said being a writer was easy because it can be extremely difficult. But through all the difficulties: working with an editor, getting bad reviews 🙁 , trying to finish a book on time, writers block. I still love actually being a writer, I get a thrill everytime I sell a book, even if I’ve sold my fair share of books, however, I am grateful and feel blessed each and every time some buys one of my books because with out the readers out there I would be nowhere. So just know when you buy one of my books I an so vey thankful.
But through all of that being a writer is so cool. Here are my top 3 reasons for being a writer.
- I get to work in my pajamas. Some people might wonder why this is my number one reason but seriously, I get to work in my pajamas.
- Did I mention I get to make stuff up for a living? lol Cause that is just AWESOME.
- I can drink. Don’t get me wrong I’m not taking shots between each well crafted sentence, but I nice glass of wine while I compose the well crafted sentence doesn’t hurt.
Seriously, if you aren’t a writer, have I made you want to become one?
What are your favorite parts of your job? I would love to know.
So this last summer I had the amazing opportunity to attend RWA (Romance Writers of America) Annual Conference. And I learned so much, and met a host of other authors who were in the same boat as I was. Trying to make our writing stand out from the pack and make a living with our writing.
One session I attended said the following: ‘If you don’t treat your writing like a serious business, how do you expect anyone else to take is seriously.’
This struck a deep cord within me, and I realized I had been treating my writing like a hobby. Even with 4 books published I still haven’t been treating my writing as the business it should be.
So after I heard that I took a couple of months (I’m not kidding but I wish I were), to understand what that meant to me and my writing. I really believe this means something different to everyone. But for me I know without a shadow of a doubt that I have been treating my writing as a hobby because when I didn’t feel like doing any writing I just wouldn’t. If I felt boxed in with anything that had to do with writing I just walked away. Maybe that’s why I haven’t written anything in over a year….
But now what? Just recognizing that I am treating my writing like a hobby wasn’t enough, I needed to make some important changes in order to move from hobby to living.
CHANGE 1: creating a business mindset. I don’t know about you but when I am writing the last thing on my mind is business.
CHANGE 2: Carve out time during the week to deal with the business of my writing. Marketing, list building, social media, blogging. I have failed mightily in these areas in the last several years.
CHANGE 3: My writing has been mish mash for the last year, and if I want to make it a business I have to write. So I am carving time out of every day to write. Some day’s that means I am only writing for 15 min but at least I am getting words on a page.
CHANGE 4: Setting appropriate goals. ie: when I want my next book finished, how I will grow my email list, building a tribe a like minded writers. I know this one is tough because writing is such a solitary process but having like minded authors and readers will increase my reading base and accountability
CHANGE 5: Taking classes, and learning how to make my writing better. It’s always good to increase your knowledge base.
Wow reading through these kinda makes my head swim, but if I want to make my writing my business I have to treat it like it is.
Hope this helped out, if you are struggling with making your writing a business you are not alone. Let me know in the comments.
So this past weekend I was privileged to participate in RWA of Utah’s annual readers luncheon. I have been lucky enough to attend all 3 events. And this event gets better and better every year.
The point of this luncheon is to focus on the reader! Show the reader some love and gratitude. Because without readers where exactly would we be after all. Readers get a ton of swag from the authors participating, and they do a ton of baskets and giveaways. You get to sit at a table and have lunch with the author of your choosing (you have to sign up early to reserve your seat with the author you want to have lunch with).
Being an author is a very solitary type of work, so getting the chance to get out and meet and mingle with my readers just means the world to me. Plus writers, I think, are some of the biggest fans out there. And getting to rub elbows with other authors is just too much fun.
This year we were lucky enough to have ReaAnne Thayne, and Jill Shalvis speak and they both gave amazing and wonderfully inspiring presentations about being a writer, and more importantly the love of reading. They are both New York Times best selling authors.
So overall if you ever get the chance to attend a readers luncheon grab that opportunity with both hands. I know if you come to the Utah luncheon that we hold every Oct. you won’t be disappointed.
The Balancing Act
How to not get lost in the shuffling act.
You know that shuffling act between being a fulltime wife/mother/day worker (computer programmer/computer analyst/janitor/teacher/graphic designer/engineer/ PR/truck driver) and the part time evening night worker of being an Author/blogger/and Marketer of your work.
Writing it out is overwhelming enough much less actually living it.
Life is overwhelming, and often impossible and a shuffling act any elite juggler would envy. So how do you handle the shuffling act between the fulltime act and the part-time passion?
Now this isn’t some silly blog that is going to tell you to set appropriate goals, and set aside time for yourself and cut yourself slack. No I’m not going to tell you to be realistic about your goals, and the time you have during your day. I’m really going to give it to you straight. So put your big girl panties on and let’s get started.
You’re about to hear some old things, and some new things. But I certain hope you hear something that you can use.
- Set realistic goals. –Sit down today right now and right down what your goals are for the remainder of 2014 do you have Conferences you want to attend in the next 12 months. Books sales increase that are driving you to do what you are doing? Increase in readership? What are your goals for the next 12 months? Right the suckers down.
- Do you have a Budget for your writing career? (You better have a budget for your writing career if not now is the time to get one. Set that thing up. Go do it now, I’ll wait….)
- Do you have a calendar? Put one together, I have a calendar for my work schedule, personal stuff (family, and my own stuff) blog, and misc., then I have a calendar where I put everything together. Yes that is 4 calendars, but it makes it so I don’t miss anything. It’s called a Balancing Act for a reason… (Again, do you have one? If not go set one up for the next week, I’ll wait…)
- Calendaring/Stickers/Loving your calendars (see below)
- How many email accounts do you have? (And how often do you go through them?)
- Do you To Do? You should To-Do… (Again, I’ll wait.) Are you tired yet? Because if you didn’t have even one of things above and stopped to do them you should be just a little tired. Getting yourself organized is tiring but it’s worth it. In my article Do you To-Do I explain how important it is to have a buy into to your author business.
- Now put all this together in a 3 ring binder. And this is the beginnings of your balancing act.
- Calendaring – This is one of the most important parts of the balancing
Why is Calendaring the most important part you may ask? Or is this self-explanatory? Keeping track of all the important moments coming and past.
So how many calendars do you have?
How many do you need?
Let me know? And if you ever see me stop me and check mine out. I have to admit, it’s pretty impressive with stickers and notes. I would honestly be lost without it.
Where you can find me
A while ago I bought a bottle of champagne and put it up on the wall. If you walk into my house you would walk past it and not think anything of it. It looks like any other bottle of champagne in a wall hanging. But to me it’s different.
Where you can find me
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So who did I let down by taking the time off? Just myself…
Anyway so what is going on now? What can you expect from in the coming months? What is happening now that I have taken back control from the cyber gods that have taken control over my blog and website while I have floated over in la la land?
Well I will be blogging at least once a week updating you will snippets from what I am working on… yeah… right?? So if you are excited about book 3 (Reaper Mine, Victors story) stay tuned because his story will be out this summer. Or sooner if I can get it edited and out of the door. Plus I am writing two stories right now. And it’s up in the air which one will take off and be the next book, all I will say right now is this: One is a Tracker book and another is a Reaper book.
I will be Vlogging on my Youtube channel once a week doing book reviews, book hauls and fun stuff over there. So don’t miss out on that fun stuff. So if you haven’t subscribed to my channel make sure you run over there and do that. Hopefully I will be getting some fun author interviews up and going over there.
Plus I am always doing lots of book reviews on my Goodreads page so don’t miss out on those. My first love is reading so I always have a book I am reading so don’t miss my snarky reviews over there.
I’ll be updating my website with crazy Character Review from my books in the next month or so check my author website for that it will be awesome.
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Also I’ll be updating my blog with current information. And my schedule with what to expect from me int he coming months. So exciting, I’m really excited to be back and ready to attack all the wonderfulness of what’s coming. Hope your ready for the ride. I have to admit the last 6 months have been really really difficult and hard emotionally and physically and I’m ready for something better and wonderful. And I’m ready to make that happen for myself and my amazing fans. So let’s do this…
So if that isn’t enough…which I think it might be. NO It total is enough. Wait just in case you are wondering:
Reaper Mine (book 3) Published: Summer 2014
Books 4 and 5 Fall and Winter 2014
Now that is enough.
I love to hear from fans. Much love and all that wonderful stuff.
Where to find me and how to contact me:
Picking Up After Taking Some Time Off
How Rebecca Graf finds time to write…work…be a mother…wife….read…run a business….I’m tired just writing that title…
How Rebecca finds the time to write…
That is a question I get a lot. The more people get to know me, the more they seem to ask that question. I don’t know if I have an answer. It just happens.
I don’t have a 9-5 job so that helps. I work from home as a freelance writer and online business owner. I have three kids ages 16, 14, and 11 who have me running quite a bit. I run five online sites with two of them as full businesses. Oh, and currently I am going back to school to get my history and English degree. So, how do
I find the time to write?
I make it happen.
I am a big list person. I have to or I’d forget over half of what I have to get done. I list out first all the areas of my life and then put at least five things down under each that need to get done. Then I pull the most important one and start working on it. Between every couple of tasks, I stop and write at least a hundred words on a story. It could be any story. I’m currently working on twelve at one time. The one I write on depends on my goals. I have goals for each story, and I focus on it until I meet the goal and then move on to another story.
It has to be something you make time for. There are days I don’t get to do more than write for pay or blog posts, but they are few and far between. My muse won’t let me ignore it. She’ll pester me and pester me until I get the writing done.
Though now that I think about it, school is about over. I don’t know what I’ll do then. I might have to escape to the library or the local coffee shop to find the time to write. Because family won’t let you.
About the author: Rebecca Graf
Rebecca Graf spent over twenty years in the accounting field with no way to release her creative juices. To do so in accounting, could get you life. So she began writing online. From there, she ventured into fiction. Dark Connections is her fifth published book with many more in the works. Rebecca is the mother of three children and lives with them and her husband of twenty years in Wisconsin.
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It’s a Book Thing book club is proud to present: Coffee with Christie live interview with author Heather Lyons
Don’t miss my reviews:
A Matter of Heart (Fate Series #2)
A Matter of Fate (Fate Series #1) — currently .99
You can find Heather at the following places…
It’s going to be a sweltering July with exciting and fun thing happening. I’m going to be doing give-a-ways, live interviews, I can’t wait for all the great stuff. Stay tuned here on my blog and my youtube channel. And if you haven’t already done so, like me on facebook to stay up to date with everything going on.
**Don’t miss my live interview with Heather Lyons on Sunday July 7th at 11am MST
Goodread links for my to be reads for July 2013.
Glitter by: Mona Darling
Dark Connections by: Rebecca Graf
Uprising by: Dawn Jayne
Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo
Eleanor and Park by: Rainbow Rowell
Clockwork Angel by: Cassandra Clare
The Immortal Rules by: Julie Kagawa
Shatter Me by: Tahareh Mafi
The Letter by: Marianne Spitzer
Deep Connections by: Rebecca Graf
Links for books I’ll be reading for the July Booktube Read-A-Thon
- Read 150 Pages a day
- Read a classic
- Read a book over 500 pages!
- Re-read a book from your bookcase
- Read a book that has been on your bookshelf the longest
- Listen to a book on tape (audible)
- Complete a series
It’s A Book Thing Book Club
Wow what a week….
Holy cow is anyone else excited its finally Friday??? I don’t know about you all but I have had a long and exausting week. But it is finally over.
Here is my week wrap up, I will also be doing a Youtube video that will be on my video link above.
Wow what an amazing week (June 17-21 work week)
I posted a couple guest posts:
– Author Ellen Harger let us know how she gets inspired.
– Alison Neuman Guest blogged for me.
And of course my book reviews….
Strong Enough by: Ellen Harger
Ice Rose by: Alison Neuman
Duff: Designated Ugle Fat Friend by: Kody Kiplinger
** I tried to do a live interview with author Rebecca Graf…. but it didn’t quite work out…But luckly we were still able to meet on Facebook and I gave away some SWAG. And who doesn’t love SWAG!!!
Hopefully Google+Hangouts will get their issues resolved for future interviews.
What to expect next week…..
Next week I plan on reading and writing. Book 3 Embers Embrace needs to be finished.
So watch out for more reviews next week both here and on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned.
Have a great weekend everyone, hope you find something wonderful to read. Or the writing muse is with you.