I am still playing hostess these days and have two more weeks to do so. In the meantime, my dear friend and esteemed colleague, Patti Larsen, has been gracious enough to take time out of her unbelievably busy schedule and save me...again. :) Thank you, Patti, for rescuing me. I don't know how I can repay your generosity, but if you ever choose to cash in on my debt...I will gladly sell my house for you. :)
For those of you that don't know her, she is author to many, many, many books and many, many, many more to come. She is sharing today what brought her to where she is and what she intends to do from here.
Without further rattling on from me, here she is, the Queen of Productivity, Patti Larsen:
I’ve been my own boss for almost ten years now in one way or another. I opened two small businesses even before I was a full-time writer, both of which taught me a great deal about the itty-bitty details and necessary workings of organizing my life around being responsible for my own livelihood without a safety net.
When I sold one business and closed the other in favor of writing as a career, I actually forgot that was part of the deal. Honestly, I still had THE DREAM in my head. You know the one. Write a best selling series, find the perfect agent, wrangle multi-million dollar book deal, live happily every after. Um, yeah.
Okay, deluded. But I got over it. And decided after much disgust and frustration with the present publishing model that I would go it alone as an indie. Fabulous. Mind you, I still have a few projects out there with small publishers and will continue to do so, I think. But the bulk of my career is my responsibility. And honest, that’s exactly how I like it.
Here’s the thing. Being your own boss is fabulous when you have clients waiting for product or projects. Deadlines. A business plan.
Did I mention I somehow fell off the entrepreneur wagon and into the fairy tale of being cared for by those who knew better? Right, then. Last year, my first, I wrote five novels. For some, that’s brilliant. For me, it was a great deal of time wasted. But I was holding back, resting on my surety that any second now some brilliant agent would recognize my talent and make me a star.
I woke up at last thanks to the help of some fabulous friends and the understanding that I wasn’t happy just waiting. There were books to write and voices to still. I’d developed a plan over the years to get my work done in the past. Why did I abandon it? Starting fresh, I reevaluated, created a business model and a forecast schedule of writing and publishing and dove in.
Much better. I have deadlines again, goals and landmarks to hit. This year I will have completed thirteen novels and published nine. Next year is even more ambitious. Why? Because I mean business again. Not fun and games, not some Hollywood dream (although I’m planning on some of that being involved, let me tell you). This is real life, and a real career. I have to treat it like that. Or I get nothing done.
And for the folks who ask me what I do and either a) think I’ve got it made because I have books out there or b) looks skeptical that what I do is a real job… I can only say this. Like you, I work hard every day. Harder sometimes maybe. Because no one else is looking out for me.
I’m a businesswoman. I’m a writer. And I love every minute of it.
Note: Patti attributes her drive to her dayplanner. "If it is in the dayplanner, it is law." :) Thank you, Patti! We look forward to all of your books and wish you all the best!
About the Author: Patti Larsen is a middle grade, young adult and adult author with a passion for the paranormal who writes a great deal of horror for someone who is afraid of the dark. She lives on the East Coast of Canada with her very patient husband Scott and four enormous cats.
Her new series, The Hunted (Run, Hide, Fight and Hunt), and her paranormal YA Family Magic, are available now at http://www.smashwords.com/ and www.Amazon.com
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