One of the best things about writing romance is being part of a global community of women, readers and writers, from all round the world. I’m writing this from (old) York, in the north of England, and am delighted to welcome new author Wendy S. Marcus, from New York, who has been introduced to me by Nas Dean from Fiji ... I love connections like these.
The romance writing community is an extraordinarily supportive one, and it’s always wonderful to hear about a new author like Wendy.
Wendy S. Marcus lives in upstate New York with her husband, two of her three children, and a much loved Bichon Frise named Buddy. A nurse by trade, after years of working in the medical profession, Wendy has taken a radical turn to writing hot contemporary romance with strong heroes, feisty heroines, and lots of laughs. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting with her online friends. To learn more about Wendy, visit her website.
Here’s Wendy now, talking about productivity, which in my experience is something all writers fret about constantly, no matter how many books they’ve written. I know I get to the end of most days and think: ‘I haven’t written enough words/pages/chapters/books today. I must, must, must work harder tomorrow.’ So how do we measure our progress? Leave a comment below, and you could be in with a chance to win a copy of Wendy’s book, When One Night Isn’t Enough.
Thanks so much for hosting me on the sixth stop of my blog tour to promote my debut Harlequin Medical Romance When One Night Isn’t Enough.
While preparing to write this post I just happened to visit in time to read Jessica’s May 3rd post acknowledging the completion of her 58th book. Let me repeat that…HER 58TH BOOK.
So I decided to write about productivity and what we consider productive.
I, for one, think writing 58 books is darn productive. (Quite frankly, with only two completed books to my credit, it makes me feel rather unproductive in comparison.) It begs the question: How do you define productivity?
If you take a look at my life I have three children, a dog and a house. I have a master’s degree in health care administration and started my own consulting business, which was quite successful for over ten years, until I put it on hold to take a try at becoming a romance author. Since receiving ‘The Call’ in 2010 I have two Harlequin Medical Romances coming out and a contract for three more. I am also working on a non-fiction project with three writing friends. I post regularly on three blogs and am participating in a 25 stop blog tour to promote my book which requires 25 additional blog posts over three months. I’ve had a website designed and promo picture taken and have ordered my business cards, pens, and bookmarks. I’ve set up author profiles on at least ten different sites, created an author page on Facebook and joined Twitter. In addition to all this I chauffer around my youngest, and her friends, and I’m the vice president of a volunteer organization and spend time coordinating dinners, preparing and serving food a local shelter, and stacking cereal boxes for a local food drive.
I seem like a rather productive person.
But that depends on how you define productivity. Because two books are not 58 books. And there are days, way too many of them I’m afraid, where I feel like I’ve spent the entire day on the internet and have absolutely nothing to show for it. No additional words to my manuscript. No pages edited. And it makes me feel very unproductive.
So how do you define productivity? And do you consider yourself a productive person? One lucky commenter will win a copy of my 2in1 UK release, which includes a complete novel by Janice Lynn. (The winner will be plucked from my trusty margarine tub of names by my beautiful daughter on May 31st.)
Before I go I’d like to mention When One Night Isn’t Enough is currently available at the Mills & Boon website. And coming to the U.S. and Aus/NZ in July 2011.
To read an excerpt visit my website. And while you’re there, check out my Home page to see how you can enter to win an Amazon gift card.
A 25 stop blog tour in three months???? That sounds incredibly productive to me, Wendy! Many congratulations on the publication of your first book, and may it just be the start of a hugely successful writing career.