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Here's an excerpt from THE LAST DETAIL:
Deadlines and Deadheads by Lisa Lickel
In my third year in a row of being a profitable writer, and after signing my fourth book contract, I took two years off to learn marketing. Really, really bad idea, by the way. I was like a fig tree I’d read about—you know, the one Jesus cursed? For the past forty years I’d been mad at him for cursing that poor little harmless tree until I suddenly understood what was going on. My ears heard.
I received my first couple of contracts and had two novels release while believing that getting a book on the market meant automatic sales and invitations to share the story of your success! I was worse than naïve. I was every bad joke rolled into one canapé popped in the mouth of Meryl Streep’s character in the Devil Wears Prada.
I was the fig tree all leafed out when it wasn’t the time for figs. I had the show, but not the sustenance. I wasn’t ready. I hadn’t prepared. So I went about the business backward, severely overcompensating with busy-ness. My life for the next two years was made up of deadlines as I strove mightily to get my name “out there.” Write a column? Sure, no problem…times six. Interview you? Absolutely, can you interview me? Invitations to join every group sent my way were accepted. Teach a class? Sure. Oh, wow—look they want an editor! I know desktop publishing! I can do that…times two. I mean, how many blogs are there to visit and comment on? Online magazines and newsletters to sign up for and read? Book clubs to join? Books to review? Groups to pay dues to? Conferences to attend? Writers to help? How can you say no to mentoring a potential groupie?
I know, Jesus cursed that tree and it shriveled and died. No one ever ate figs from it again. But I am also a grafted person, as Romans 11 says. That fig was out of line, but my graft is still attached to the Root that nourishes me. Discipline says I must prune that which is ineffective or causes me to stumble. I wrote a list of all the groups I joined (although I’m sure I didn’t get them all), all the columns I write and the other business I attend to as a fulltime writer. I am deadheading, or pruning the ones I simply can’t handle, keeping the bits I justify for business’s sake and a couple for fun. I am learning to say, sorry I can’t do that; and I’m learning to adjust the expectations I have of myself by saying, yes I can, but not until later.
I’m really organized, less frantic, and adjusting to the seasons in a much more fruitful way. Most of the time. Learning to manage our schedule is one of the best thing anyone – author, parent, professional – can do. How about you? What do you do to keep yourself together?
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Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor.
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