WestBow Press author, J.V. Carr, knows a thing or two about a busy schedule. She juggles raising children and maintaining a household on top of sharing her book’s message. Learn more about how she finds time for her time-consuming responsibilities.
Do you have busy days? A crazy work schedule? A busy house that steals your time? If so, how do you find the time to write, promote your book and keep up with your online presence on social media?
It may seem like a daunting and overwhelming task to juggle your life and writing, too. And believe me, I haven’t perfected this yet, but I am peacefully striving toward the writing and marketing goals I have set for myself. I say peacefully because at first I felt panicked to promote my newly published novel, Username: Bladen. I stayed up too late reading, writing, setting up and maintaining my social media accounts. Eventually I ended up too tired to continue.
Now, let me tell you something about myself: I don’t work (smiles). I have heard many times from some of my children, “What do you do all day, Mom? I mean you don’t work.” It’s true. I have a vocation, not an occupation. This past year I have been at home with our six children and three exchange students, and in between the precious playtime I have the usual mundane household tasks, such as cleaning, paying the bills, and keeping up with the numerous activities my children are involved with. Sound familiar?
So whether you have a “real” job or you’re on “vacation” like me (as one of my daughters did say to me once), how do you weave writing and keeping up with your author platform into your daily routine? Let me share with you some of the things that seem to be working for me so far.
First, I pray, “Lord, if writing is what you want from me, give me the desire and time. Let whatever happens in my life, good or bad, be for Your glory.”
Then I go from there with building my marketing platform.
Social Media: I like social media because it is a good way for you to introduce yourself to other people in the industry. Meeting some of the amazing and talented people who are also building their platform on the Internet has been fun and rewarding for me. I think Twitter, Facebook, and a personal blog are the most important basic accounts to have because you can easily connect with others. Personally, I feel social media is the easiest way to build your platform because it is convenient to access. In addition to Facebook, Twitter and your personal blog there are other fruitful sites, such as Pinterest and Google+. Find the social media sites that you enjoy and work best for you, and start building your platform.
Convenience of technology: In the morning in between my motherly duties, I catch up with everyone on social media; I do my best to squeeze it in every chance I get. I recently upgraded to an iPhone, which makes it much easier to keep up with my various accounts throughout the day as opposed to constantly having to log on to a computer.
Events: Another way to build your author platform is through events that offer face-to-face engagements such as book signings. Honestly, I don’t like putting myself out there, so I think of other ways to use my writing to serve others, and my family helps me fit that in. My book is already in a few libraries and schools, which allows me to share the joy of writing and publishing with others.
Now you need to find time to write the next great novel. I prefer a quieter environment when I write to help me think so I try to do my writing at night after the younger children are asleep. And, if I’m too tired to write, I read. Reading is a great way to keep your head full of ideas for your own writing.
If writing feels like it’s where God wants YOU to be, then let Him be the driver, and you’ll know exactly what to do and which map to use to get there!
J.V. Carr is a stay at home mother of six. Ever since she was a young child, she has always loved to read. Upon teaching her children how to read and write she realized she had a passion for writing. She self-published her book, Username: Bladen, with WestBow Press in February 2013.