Back in the early days of the blog, before I took my hiatus, I was vigilant about posting every day, five days a week. One of the things I promised myself upon my return was that I wouldn’t be required to post every day. Most agent bloggers don’t. That being said, I still feel like I’m letting you down when I’ve been absent a few days, or even a week or more. I like writing the blog and I really like interacting with my readers.
The truth is that the past few weeks have been crazy busy around here. I’ve responded to at least five submissions with offers (and or offered on a few myself), I’ve been running an auction for a book I’m super excited about, I’ve been preparing client material for submission, I’ve been submitting client material and I’ve been working with clients on everything from contract negotiations, to marketing plans, to brainstorming next ideas. I’ve had meetings with editors and authors and I’ve even paid taxes. I have absolutely LOVED the past few weeks (well except for the taxes part).
One of the things I’ve had to become really accepting of with the blog is that it’s not my number one priority. Over the past few years my list has grown, my clients’ careers have grown and BookEnds has grown. With all of that wonderful growth comes more work and different kinds of work. It means that there are times when things have to be put aside for another day. In this case it’s usually the blog, social media, and sometimes lunch (haha. I would NEVER skip lunch).
As your career grows as a writer there will be times when you are going to need to reevaluate what is taking up your time. Is the hour a day/week you used to spend on Facebook promotion still as beneficial as it used to be or do you need to take a break to focus on your deadline?
It’s easy to get so caught up in what we’re supposed to be doing that we forget to really evaluate how beneficial what we’re doing is. Success depends on these evaluations. If you want to succeed and grow you can’t keep doing the same things you’ve always been doing. The way I work as an agent has changed dramatically over the years and continues to evolve and change. Sometimes the blog suffers for it, but my hope is that when I do find the time to post what I’m posting is more meaningful (no guarantees).