How do you keep yourself from going crazy? It probably helps if you are reasonably well-balanced in the first place, but, for the rest of you, I have some advice today from Susan Kaye Quinn.
As many of you will know, Susan is the author of the bestselling Mindjack series, and lots of other books too, including the highly regarded Indie Author Survival Guide – the second edition of which has just been released.
She’s also releasing a companion book for more experienced authors in mid-July which has the intriguing title of For Love Or Money: Crafting An Indie Author Career and it’s available now for pre-order.
Here’s Susan on how to stay sane in a crazy (self-publishing) world.
Susan Kaye Quinn:
I fight a war every day.
My adversaries are distraction, fatigue, and the demands of ordinary life. They include things I love (my husband and children) and…
It’s taken me over a year to put to pen to paper and finally start to organise my thoughts and ideas into something maybe meaningful or that makes sense. I’ve had a concept floating around in my head about a book series based on real life incidents I’ve had with my baby for a long while now. I suddenly decided it was time, not sure why, to start the process of learning how to do this! Ive been doing loads of research, reading and listening to pod casts and you tube ect to try to get some kind of idea of my next steps. I think its going to be a long and interesting journey but come along with me if your interested to see how it all pans out!
If you have ever had an idea for a book and not been sure what to do or how to start the process of getting it published then hopefully I can help you along the way with some helpful tips I learn! I want to inspire you to take on the challenge, live your dream, put in some new goals and set out to make your idea into a real book….maybe even a best selling one! Who knows, nothing is impossible when you think big, focus and put your mind to it, or to paper!
Although my husband and I were ready to start a family I don’t think I was fully ready or prepared for what mother hood brought! During my 9 months while I waited and watched my stomach grow bigger, my skin stretch and my feet swell I knew I was in for a big change! I was given so much advice from stocking my house full as I wouldn’t leave for weeks or months after the baby was born to sleep routines and feeding advice. I felt so confused by the end of it all I didn’t know which was the right method to try.
Pop! I had a great birth plan in mind, a lovely calm water birth at home with hubby and my favourite midwife. The opposite occurred as I was rushed in an ambulance into the labour ward, hot and sweaty I pushed and Keziah came shooting in to the world and turned it up side down! It wasn’t as planned but I was going to learn not much does go to plan!
We had many adventures in the early days especially learning to deal with our little pooing, sicking, crying bundle of joy. I had always been super organised, always on time, with a tidyish home and a full social life…this all changed. I learnt that looking half decent and only being 10 minute late for my one appointment of the day was an achievement! Often I would have a plan and this would be altered, ruined or completely abandoned depending on Keziah’s antics.
There were quiet moments when I would read a book to Keziah, often I found these very lovely dovey, over simplistic or just plain boring-Bob is hot, Bob is cold, The cat sat on the mat… This is when I had a light bulb moment to write my own series of books aimed at mums to read to their babies which they could relate to and enjoy. There were many times when I thought to myself, am I the only mum being covered in sick and having her day ruined? I wanted to write something that mums could think, Oh yeah, I’ve been there, done that and managed to come through laughing. I wanted to show that us mums can simply love our baby no matter what has just happened in the day. To encourage mums it’s ok to feel annoyed, frustrated, embarrassed and a whole host of emotions as we go through the day and night! It’s normal to feel these emotions; as long as we have that deep unconditional love that always forgives and forgets and loves our baby to the very core…even after having our best top stained or another sleepless night.
I hope you enjoy my series and that you find the books funny and can relate to similar times you have had with your baby! In turn as your baby grows, and grows with Keziah I hope they learn to laugh and understand that deep love from you their mum that is always there for them no matter what mischief they may have been up to.
So this is is my blog to bat ideas about my developing book series- Keziah and Blossom- with you and to keep you guys updated with its progress so that when I finally have it published you may like to read them! I would love to have this blog interactive with your thoughts and ideas so please feel free to leave your comments. Thanks! Anna