Ready for the work week

My last day at the office was Wednesday. I have to go back tomorrow. Admittedly, I took this time off to pay my debt as an author. This might come as a surprise to many of you readers, but it will make sense to the authors out there. I'll try to give the rest of you a glimpse into the secret club today.

I need proofreaders, critique groups, beta readers, blog hosts, and reviews to make my books a success. There isn't a kind of shop where you can go get all of that. Being self published is often a matter of supporting your hobby without going too far into the hole. The big dream is to turn a profit someday.

The truth is you can pay for many of those services, but it gets kind of expensive after a while. This is why we all tend to help each other. At a bare minimum, we are a fresh set of eyes who can spot the difference between hear and here in a manuscript. It's hard to spot these kind of things in your own work. There are also times when we know exactly what we're describing, but readers aren't getting that vision. Different eyes will raise a red flag at these points.

I take advantage of this kind of help, so it's important to provide it in turn. We don't typically share project for project. It's more like a pool of authors who will do what they can – when they can. I rarely get the same people from project to project, but in the long run – they are the same group.

Most of my time off was spent paying my authorly debts. The rest was spent on other duties, just like at the workplace. I'm proud to say I finished my last authorly project at about 1:30 today. Then I hauled off all the fruit tree branches, and declared myself done.

I feel a bit like that guy at the top of the post, but I also feel pretty darned good about it. I got to read some awesome stories, some for a review, some as a beta reader.

The good news is that my metaphorical office is clear. On my next day off I can return to my own novel. I'm kind of excited about it to tell you the truth.

I'll spend the rest of the evening catching up with most of the blogs I neglected to read. After that, it's off to bed early enough to go to my workplace all fresh and ready for work.

One of these days I'll have to take some time off for the sake of time off. It could happen, someday.


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29 responses to “Ready for the work week

  1. Very well said. Good luck on your return.


  2. and I can’t wait to read what you do on your ‘day off’ !

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  3. Sorry about the return to work. The real life is a dose of cold water. Congrats on the author duty. I have the same belief about playing it forward as you and become really upset with those who continue to take without any offer of return. I can only hope that someday there will be a karma whack that will wake them up. Have a good work week.

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  4. My, you’ve been busy. But you must feel accomplished! How nice to have a clean slate and writing waiting for you that you can tend to without distractions. Wishing you a fast work week and a productive return to your writing!

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  5. Actual time off? For an author? Impossible. Even when we’re not writing, we’re thinking about writing, research, or one of the other gazillion things you mentioned. Congrats on the new book!

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  6. I like the sense of community, and even authorly debts included.
    I think you may well owe it to yourself to take an actual vacation. I’m not one to talk, mine was almost two years ago, but I hope to squeeze another one in this year. Real downtime is good stuff.

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  7. Enjoy your mini ‘break’, Craig!

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  8. I always feel a sense of sanctification when I start to catch up on my authorly engagements. That clear space is usually short-lived but it does help prime my muse when I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and write. Sounds like you are ready!

    Congrats on all you accomplished! It is a great community of authors out there!

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  9. Even if you were technically working during your time off, I bet it feels great being able to say you checked those things off your to-do list. Also, I know the authors you were helping out would have really appreciated what you’ve done for them.

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  10. I understand exactly what you mean. Hope you enjoyed the time off and good luck on your return to the office. For me, it’s hard to go back after having some days off. Makes me wish all the more I could make a living from writing. 🙂

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  13. Well done on clearing all your debts, Craig. You sound like a true writer, take time off work and spend the whole time writing, blogging and reading!

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