Here are a few unknown unknowns – things you need to do as a published author that you never even guessed at:
- Blog posts, heaps of them , which is GREAT, because I am a massive chatterbox and they allow me to chatter. I’m blogging at Notes from the Slushpile , YAshelfies, and on all sorts of yummy blogs of friends who have invited me , or not friends who’ve been wrangled into it by the fab publicity team at Usborne.
- Keep secrets. Literally, every contract for a deal or an event has to be kept under wraps until someone says “Go!” That is HARD when you never shut up.
- Be aware of your behaviour on social media- this isn’t just about not swearing and calling everyone a walrus , this also means being present. I tweet therefore I am.
- Read! Oh so much wonderful reading that you don’t have to feel guilty about. It’s work!! I have read so many great books in the last month alone – Cat Clarkes’ The Lost and Found, Hilary Freeman’s When I was Me, Sarah Crossan’s One, Liz Coley’s Pretty Girl Thirteen – and these are just my favourites!
- Fill in German tax forms. I know – who knew? Well, my agent, obviously.
- Make difficult decisions about overseas publishers that probably aren’t as difficult as you think if you can stop being an arse for five minutes. It’s fine, I got over it. Twit that I am.
- Find more time – I know. I thought I could do it all but turns out writing without deadlines is a whole lot easier to fit in than writing with deadlines. Especially when you’re fitting in all the promotional stuff.
And you know what? I love all of it! Except maybe the tax forms. Definitely not the tax forms.
7 thoughts on “What’s it Like? Things you don’t know before you’re published.”
So great to see it all coming together (as far as you are already to say!) 🙂
Well, the good news is I’m doing most of that, but why the German tax forms?
To avoid paying tax here and in Germany.
Dontcha hate the tax forms? Still. these are good problems.
They are! Mostly…