Deadlines!!! Some people thrive on them, and others cannot work within restrictions. But if you want to get your book published, deadlines are an absolute necessity. I personally don’t like deadlines, but I do respect them and I have come to realize that without them I would keep procrastinating and nothing would ever get done.
From one procrastinator to another, here are a few ways to make sure that you meet your deadlines and remain sane at the same time.
Hiring help. An author assistant can be a great asset to an author. Whether it’s a virtual assistant or one that you meet with everyday, an assistant can take on a lot of your workload. They can carry out many of your other marketing and administration tasks (including research!), leaving you time to do what you do best, which is write. Author assistants cheer you on, help you out, and guide you through your week. The are champions of your book and are an inexpensive way to get expert help and advice. (You can find more information about author assistants from my assistant here: http://katetilton.com/author-assistants/)
Go to the experts. Unless you're a fully DIY self-publisher (and that is rare), you’re going to get a team at some point, whether that is a cover designer, and editor, or publicist, so why not bring in that team sooner? I am very lucky to be working with Wise Ink Creative Publishing, who work as a sort of wrangler to keep the entire process on track, which made it easy for me to meet my latest deadlines. Plus, the added benefit of working with a company who has published hundreds of books meant I was making the best-looking book possible.
Self-Care. Even with all the help in the world, deadlines can be too stressful for me. So I make sure to work time into my day to forget about all of that. I find yoga and meditation is a wonderful way to have a few minutes of peace, to gather yourself and push forward. Find whatever feeds you, and make sure to make time for it.
Just breathe. Relax. You can do this.
About the Author:
For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.
Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.
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About the Book:
The Last of the Firedrakes, book one of The Avalonia Chronicles.
A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.
16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.
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“…the narrative components echo the classics; the Academy of Magic at Evolon could be Hogwarts, while the Shadow Guards are reminiscent of Tolkien’s Ring Wraiths or Rowling’s Dementors…a beautifully drawn fantasy world.” - Kirkus Reviews
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