In fact I don’t think I’ve ever worked harder than I have as a self-published author. Not that my earlier career as a pay mistress for many northern mines was an easy job, especially when payday came due, but I had backup then. Now I’m all alone, making decisions that affect my future.
True, it’s not physical. But in a way sitting at a desk hours at a time can be hard when you’re alone in the office with a lot of chores staring you in the face and only yourself driving you to get them done.
I guess it’s more of a mental kind of torture that gets better as you become more versed with all the idiosyncrasies of social media. At first, I thought I’d never figure out how to fill in a profile with the different sites I wanted to join. And trust me, I wanted to join them every one of them in case I missed the one that turned out to be the biggest and the best… sigh.
What a waste of time and effort. The only good thing that came out of all that hair-pulling was that I learned how to transverse most sites, where to look for the links, how to post a photo or book cover, to start and keep a blog, to publish a book and best of all, I lost my fear of making a mistake. Hell, when you make as many as I have, pretty soon you just shrug and get on with it.
I guess the hard work came with the fact that there are no set hours. For me that meant I could work all day, stay up half the night and my retired life slipped into this kind of crazy routine fairly easy. I can’t begin to understand how younger people with families and jobs manage. For myself, I tend to put in anywhere from 4 to 10 hours a day pretty consistently. If I’m home, I work. And I don’t go out that much.
It’s become a way of life and truth to tell, I love it. Can’t imagine doing it if I didn’t. Let’s face it, not many of us will ever hit the big jackpot. We’re lucky if we can manage a living wage and even then it’s not dependable. Amazon can change the rules at the drop of the proverbial hat and then what? But being able to write my stories and know there are those out there in never-never land who actually read and enjoy them is such a thrill that I couldn’t imagine stopping.
So next time I’m going through the day’s chores of facebook, twitter, triberr, blog, e-mails, hootsuite, reviews, setting up promotions, various other time-wasters and writing my daily quota, I’ll be seriously glad that everything I need to do – I know how. It’s just fitting everything in.