Happy blog hop Tuesday, everyone! This week we're talking about what our "other" job is. Jeanne McDonald asked us:
Outside of writing, what is your day job? Give interesting facts about the job, and yes, Homemaker is a viable option (a very important one, I might add). What inspired you to take on this job and would you ever consider giving it to one of your characters?
Well, my day job is related to writing. As a self-published author, I work full time, all the time at this craft of mine. But it's so much more than just writing. There's accounting, marketing, design, public relations, sales, formatting, publishing, ordering, and the never, ever, ever ending stream of meetings. You see, part of my self-publishing career is mentoring others in my area (and outside of Newfoundland) on how to navigate the waters of indie publishing. How I wish I'd known someone who could help answer my questions back when I was getting started.
If you've read my blog before you know I have a small son. In the beginning, self-publishing was a way to stay home with him. But the workload has grown so much that he now has to go out to a sitter for a good chunk of the week. It's the only way I have a chance to stay on top of things. Case in point: my sitter just took a week off, and I have accomplished nothing other than keeping us all alive.
I'd like to say I'm a homemaker, but that's not true. Ask my husband. He'll tell you the only thing I make in this home is supper. I sure don't make it clean and tidy. When I'm in working mode, that's where all of my attention is. Just like when my son is home, I'm 100 percent devoted to being a mommy. I find it hard to balance them both. And I never find a way to balance housekeeping there.
As for Jeanne's question about giving this career to a character of mine, I don't think so. It would be too meta for me. :)
Today I'm thrilled to introduce Jenna Da Sie to the blog hop. Jenna is brand spankin' new to Romance Writers Weekly. She lives here in Newfoundland (for at least another 20 or so days!) and is working on an awesome regency romance. Let's welcome Jenna to the group by swinging over to her blog and leaving her lots of warm and welcoming comments. She also has an awesome job.