Her newest title is Raptor 6 (The Quiet Professionals). Publisher's Weekly wrote: "Trust and betrayal are the themes of Christy Award–winning Kendig’s (Wolfsbane) fast-paced military suspense novel."
Success brings opportunities and as an author, you’re naturally feeling grateful, honored, and humbled that someone actually wants to feature you (and it’s not because your book stinks!) that you don’t want to say no. Often, we’re looking for all the help we can find in getting word out about our releases, so saying no feels not only counter-intuitive but wrong. The unfortunate reality is that there can be hundreds of requests (interviews, features, short guest blogs), but there’s only one author, one You!
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Thanks for having me, Ronie. Even reading that statement above makes me cringe a little. Admitting that we can’t do it all, that there are some negatives to these wonderful opportunities, comes with a lot of guilt. It took me fifteen years to break into publishing, so I know how it feels to be struggling to find an agent or waiting on a contract. When I heard published authors talk about how busy and stressed they were, I always thought, “Wow, what a nice problem to have.”
So now that I’m in this position, I like a lot of other authors, feel bad talking about how the opportunities come with a lot of stress, a lot of worry, and even a little bit of fear. We plaster on a smile and say, “Yes, I’d love to!” to every request, and push down the little voice that tells us we need to take some time for ourselves to rest and recharge.
But I think, Ronie, you and I both know that only results in depleting the creative well that we need not just for our work, but for our daily lives. Lately, I’ve been more intentional about setting aside time to spend with my family and friends and to do things that are completely unrelated to writing or publishing. And I know you do the same. Should we share some of the things we have found helpful in the Battle of Burn-out?
We hope that you all have opportunities to rejuvenate, to refill the creative well so you have fertile soil to dig into when it’s time to write. Hopefully these tips will help.
C.E. Laureano has held many jobs—including professional marketer, small-business consultant, and martial arts instructor— but writer is by far her favorite. Her first novel, Five Days in Skye, was recently chosen as a double-finalist in the RWA’s 2014 RITA Awards. Oath of the Brotherhood marks her fantasy debut.
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