Publishing and Promotional Updates


As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been mostly absent from the blogging scene lately, other than to feature books by some of my fellow YA authors. There’s a good reason for that. My friend McKenzie McCann blogged about something she calls “One More Thing Syndrome” a while back.  (I can’t find your blog post now, McKenzie, so please forgive me if I’m not getting this 100% accurate.) It’s this situation where you’re so overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted that the tiniest detail, such as having to answer an email, retweet something, or toss out the trash someone left on the counter, can put you over the edge. I’ve been operating close to that level since last January. Thirteen months now. The 100+ emails I get every day (sometimes as many as 200) are just one of the many things that have put me over the edge.

I try to stay on top of these emails, deleting the ones I don’t need and sorting others into folders, but I have a huge backlog that grows every day. It exhausts me to even look at them, so I practice denial. I’ve had to do that for a lot of things. There simply isn’t enough time for all the promotions I should be doing. I’d love to be socializing on Facebook and Twitter, doing a couple blog posts a week, and taking advantage of other marketing opportunities, but I simply can’t. It’s a daily slap in the face for a perfectionist because I’m lucky if I can do a half-assed job, let alone the impeccable one I feel I should be capable of.

So what’s kept me so busy lately, other than email, the launch of Getting Sideways, and my revisions to Driven (book 3 in the series)? Well, for one thing I’ve been teaching indie publishing classes. My first official continuing education class was January 19th. I also spent several days creating proposals for the Willamette Writers Conference (something that’s a bear to get a gig at if you aren’t well-known) sorting out what I’m going to speak about at the SCBWI Summer Picnic, and preparing a self-pub class for the SCBWI Spring Conference. That last one’s going to be a challenge. I only have an hour to cover what I can barely squeak into a 2 1/2 hour community college class. Anybody got a crowbar?

All this has delayed the release of the print version of Getting Sideways, something I feel bad about when so many people were expecting it in mid-January. One of the hold ups was that I needed to do my revisions to chapter 1 of Driven so I could include it in the back of the book. I didn’t get my notes from the editor until early January, and then the onslaught of preparation for classes began. Once I finally got started revising Driven, I kept going back to make small changes to the opening chapters, so I was a little anxious about calling it good too soon. I finally got it worked out, though, and finished up the paperback formatting. As soon as I get the complete cover design from Robin Ludwig, and Bob goes through the manuscript one last time to check for kerning issues (thank you Bob!) I’ll be ready to upload it. For those of you who have been waiting for the paperback, you can probably expect it around the end of February or beginning of March.

I’d like to apologize to all of you whose blogs I normally comment on, and to my friends on Facebook whom I’ve been neglecting. My lack of participation is not ’cause I’ve forgotten about you. I’m just buried.

I have a few other projects I’m working on, which I’ll announce in the future, and some more great books to introduce you to, including an anthology of love stories by the Indelibles, which will launch February 14th.

For your viewing amusement, I’ll leave you with a picture of a boneless cat attempting to help me with my writing. Keelan occasionally blogs, and he has his own Twitter account, though I suspect he only wanted it so he could stalk their mascot. You can follow him here: @Wee_Cat.

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18 Responses to Publishing and Promotional Updates

  1. Deep breaths. Reeelllaaax. And let us know when Getting Sideways is out on paperback; Kindle-less me would love to buy a copy!

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  2. Carol Riggs says:

    Wow, Lisa. You made me tired just reading all that. A year is a long time to be in turbo speed! Wish I could help you out, loan you a crowbar, or some such. Whoa, you get a tonload of emails!–100 to 200 a day! Best wishes as you dog paddle along this spring. ((hugs))

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  3. Barb says:

    Hey. I’ve never seen you with your hair down (literally). Looks good.

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  4. Alice Lynn says:

    Lisa, you and Keelan look so relaxed; you should make similar communions part of your daily round. BTW, think we have a stray crow bar in the garage if you’d like to borrow it. 🙂

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Alice, Kiwi does tend to mellow me out with his awesome kitty snuggles. When I hold him, I can feel his relaxing energy flowing into my body. It makes me wonder if the poor little guy is being flooded with all my anxious, busy energy. So far he hasn’t gone bouncing off the walls when I hold him, so maybe not.

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  5. macrush53 says:

    I totally get what you are saying Lisa! I have felt the same way. You have a lot of great things happening in your life.

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      I’m sorry to hear you’re overwhelmed, too, Jone. Thank you for the reminder that I have a lot to be thankful for. Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what’s going right when you feel so buried.

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      • Robin Koontz says:

        Self-imposed and real-time deadlines can be energizing and make us more productive, but can take their stress toll if you go too long without a break, just like a car will overheat and/or run out of fuel! I’ve learned to set aside a time, every day, same time, no matter what, to leave the office and walk. We haven’t skipped a day in almost 12 years. Nice to have a dog to remind us, but just that little block of time, maybe just a half hour, can help you regroup and re-prioritize. Yoga might work, but not anywhere close to that infernal computer!

        By the way, you don’t need to comment on my comment! Happy weekend and enjoy the winter while you can. The weeds are awakening. Arrgggghhhhhhh!

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        • Lisa Nowak says:

          But Robin, I want to comment on your comment because you have a very good point. 🙂 As a matter of fact, I walk every day, too. I can’t say I’ve never missed a day, but I probably hit at least six days a week on average. In the summer I only do a mile, but in the winter I do two or sometimes more. I find that when I can’t get the words out any other way, they’ll come to my while I’m walking. I have a digital recorder that I always take with me. As a matter of fact, I’m on my way out the door right now. Usually I don’t wait until this late, but I’ve been trying to catch up on all the stuff I’ve been ignoring during the day while I worked on Driven.

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  6. Yep, One More Thing Syndrome. You described it pretty well. It’s when you have so many things going on already, and then you get one more thing to do. It may be a big or small thing, but it’s still one more thing. It really is the quintessential way to lose your sanity.

    Anyway, you’re still feeling it? Sorry to hear. You’ll feel better in a few months when some of this stuff is behind you.

    Cute picture of you and your cat. :3

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      McKenzie, I just realized I should’ve linked to your blog. Actually, I had intended to when I was drafting this post in Word, but then I forgot. But you know what that’s like, right? Because One More Thing Syndrome totally short-circuits your brain.

      I’ve been hoping it would get better for months. That’s what’s been keeping me slightly sane. But it never happens. Looking at my schedule for the rest of the year, I can see that it’s not likely to ease up anytime soon. Fortunately, since I’m so hard-headed, that hope refuses to die. The one good thing is that Driven is starting to flow, and that creative energy really helps.

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  7. terripatrick says:

    Hey Lisa,
    Been there, done that. It’s like waves that ebb and flow. Sometimes the waves last years or in my case, a decade. Then times change and there are few things on your calendar. Suddenly you wonder, huh, this could be boring. 😀

    My advice is – relax into the flow and do not stress. There is always time to achieve what is needed. Everything else is details. Enjoy the ride.

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Terri, you’re not the only one to tell me there’s always time to achieve what is needed, but that’s not something that’s sunk in. I have to admit I’m not sure I believe it. 🙂 I do see the ebb and flow, though. There’s just been no ebb lately. I hope I don’t have to wait decades.

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  8. As others have said, there’s simply no way to do all that *could* be done. Being a perfectionist too, though, I know this is much easier to say to someone else than to believe myself. 🙂 You’re doing awesomely, and remember: many of the things you’re doing now will lead to new opportunities you couldn’t even predict. You’re laying the foundation for synergy.

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Chris, laying the foundation is my master plan. I’m hoping the things I’m doing now will reap rewards later and that I won’t have to work this hard forever. Mostly what bothers me is when I drop the ball on things. Though I have to admit, it would be nice to have more time to work on my next book and possibly even relax once in a while..

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