Friday, June 7, 2013

*taps microphone* Harlie has an announcement...

Harlie has an announcement to make and I hope that you will understand where I’m coming from and celebrate with me.

As some of you know, I am a published author.  My debut short was published on December 26, 2012 with MuseItUp Publishing.  Since then, I’ve been working on three different MS or should I say, they are sitting on my computer waiting to be worked on.  And there lies to problem.  When my debut published, Harlie’s Books exploded, in a good way.  I had more work than I could handle. ;)
I had decided that May was going to be my personal NANO month and well…that didn’t work out at all.  Baseball season started, in laws visited and just plain, getting ready for the end of the school year.  I’m exhausted, cranky and I needed a break.  See, as soon as The Couple was released, I should have been writing on the next book but found myself too busy on Harlie’s Books to do so.  In some ways, I really felt like a failure.  Since my debut was short (20 pages), it didn’t do very well.  I found out that most people don’t read short stories and don’t take the time to read them for what they are worth.  L  I had authors tell me that you are only as good as your next book.  Don’t worry about your debut, write the next one.  Well, that was easier said than done.  I still had a blog to maintain, books to read and a life, too.

To keep up with Harlie’s Books, I hired an assistant, Liberty Ann and we now have reviewers on board to take over some of the slack from me in reviewing.  It’s with that, that I announce that I’m taking a break from reviewing.  Yes, Harlie is taking a break.  I haven’t read a book for pleasure in over 6 months and I need to focus my energy on getting my MS’s ready for submission.  Now, that’s not to say the books that I have read for review weren’t good; they were, but I need a break from the constant review end of things.  Don’t worry about Harlie.  I’ll be fine and will continue to review books, just not as much.  The calendar has eased for the summer and I will honor every commitment that is on the calendar.  I will continue to do the Harlequin Spotlight on Thursday and I’ve got some really good books to showcase in the coming months.  So now I have restructured my schedule and am working on revving up my creativity.  New books, here I come!  Honestly, I don’t see how my fellow reviewers that have been published do it.  Some of them have had two books release since mine in December.  And their books are in the top 100 on Kindle, too.  I shouldn’t compare myself to them but in some ways I do.  I should have been right there with them but instead…

On the flip side of things, Pink will still be around with her sass, snarkiness and all around bugging the crap out of me.  I love her and she frees me in some ways that I can’t describe.  If you don't know who Pink is, she is Harlie's little sister and runs my YA blog, Love, Laughter, Friendship.  She's not near as busy as Harlie but again, she's so much fun.  The YA/NA authors lurve her.  :)

I look forward to the summer even if I haven’t figured out what we are going to do but at least, I’m not in the carpool line until August.  Go me!


Tina Donahue said...

Hope everything works out for you. It's tough writing when you have so many other things to do. Best of luck to you. :)

Harlie Williams said...

Thank Tina. It was a tough decision but one I needed to make.


Fiona McGier said...

When I was at home with 4 toddlers, I was in a Mother's support group. Then I volunteered to be on the local board of the group, then on the National Board, making by-laws decisions that affected groups all over the nation. I did publicity, set up speakers, arranged for their comfort, etc. I used to laugh that if I wasn't so darned busy with my kids all day I could really get some stuff done for the group...which I had joined just to have a playgroup so I could find friends for my kids (the excuse I used), and for myself (the actual real reason I joined!)

Sometimes we just take on too much and life gets crazy. It's a wise woman who knows to call a halt to some stuff BEFORE she cracks! Take some time to play with your kids. Take them to museums and the zoo. Play on the beach. Just chill for a while. Introduce them to the "little you", the 10-year old you, who still lives in your memories. My kids used to beg me to let "little Fiona" come out to play.

Your head has gotten so crowded with everything else that your characters are in hiding in closets in your mind! Once you clear out some of the things you've over-loaded yourself with, you'll be able to hear them again, and get back to writing.