I’m currently working with 2 different doctors to try to solve my personal energy crisis. Some days, I can do all the things. Some days, I sleep for 13 hours and spend my waking time wishing for a nap.
Needless to say, this has had a drastic impact in my productivity. I had already determined that I would cut back my 2019 release schedule from 3 books to 2, and would spend this year focusing on editing, instead of producing new material, so that I could create a backlog of books ready to publish or submit for 2020 and save myself time and stress in the future.
Unfortunately, it’s not going quite to plan. Until I get the energy problem fixed, even when I’m awake I don’t have the mental energy or the ability to concentrate long enough or well enough to do all of the editing I want to do.
I’ve discussed this with readers and with people close to me, and with other authors who have dealt with chronic illness.
One of the good things about being self published is I can arrange my own production schedule. I can decide when books will come out.
Or if they come out.
So, after months of deliberation, I’ve made a hard choice: There won’t be an October book release this year. I do have some other things int he pipeline–short stories, contests, patterns, and other things I want to do and that will be cable to come out this year if I’m not focusing on a book, so there will still be things going on here on my blog and also on my twitter account.
I’m still concentrating on editing this year, and putting together that aforementioned backlog. It’s just going to take me longer than I initially though to accomplish it. I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that this is my new normal. I can’t work 7-9 hours at my day job, run errands, clean the house, and put in another 3-6 hours on writing and designing.
I feel like I’m letting myself and everyone else down, even though rationally I know this isn’t true. I hope you can all understand that right now, this is the best and hardest decision I can make.
I have 2 books planned for 2019, one under Sophia Beaumont and one for Sine Peril. Those will be taking my focus for the rest of this year, as well as finishing 2 WIPs and doing revisions on 2 other projects.
Please be patient with me in the mean time.
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