Jaci Burton is one of those authors I discovered last year and I have to say I am completely hooked on her and this yummy sports series of hers. Which if you haven’t yet read you need to correct immediately! Jaci is going us today to talk about a day in her life.
A Day In The Life Of An Author
Ever wonder what an author does all day, when she has the entire day to work on a book?
I’m going to give you a peek into one of my average days. It’s very exciting stuff. Brace yourself.
I get up early in the morning, grab a cup of coffee and let my three dogs out. Okay, so maybe that’s reversed. I get up, let the dogs out and grab a cup of coffee, because the dogs are usually yipping and whining and they don’t like to wait. After all, I’m here to serve them.
I boot up the laptop and, while sipping decaf that I like to pretend is caffeinated, I open my email, spend about thirty minutes deleting stuff, answering emails from readers (my favorite part), and clicking on things I shouldn’t (shopping links!). Then it’s on to very work related sites like People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly (totally not relevant to my job), then Google Reader to catch up on all the blogs I follow (mostly gossip blogs, also not relevant to my work).
Somewhere during the above I let the dogs back in and feed them. Remember—here to serve them.
Then I load Twitter, and read everything all my Twitter friends are up to. I’ll likely post a few replies and retweet a few things I find interesting. This could take, oh, maybe a half hour or so, depending on how much Twitter is hopping that morning.
Some days I might do a blog post, where I’ll run a contest or just talk about inane stuff I’m doing (Like my average day).
After that, it’s off to Facebook to see what all my friends are doing. One must be social, you know. And I have to say hello to everyone, right? There’s another half hour.
And then I open Pinterest, which is pure evil. Food and fashion and photography and beautiful faces and places to go and see and do. It’s my new obsession…um, I mean it’s research. Yes, it’s research. I might see an awesome photo in there I can model as my next hero (Not really. I’m just there for the shoes).
Time for a coffee refill, that I once again imagine is caffeinated.
Oh, and I do eat breakfast. Usually cereal. Cocoa Puffs is the breakfast of champions, people.
And then it’s time to recheck email (in reality, I do this every 10 minutes. Tell no one.)
Dogs want to go out again. And about 10 minutes later, they’re bouncing at the window to be let back in again. This can be very distracting, forcing me to have to check my email again.
Twitter recheck. Someone might have said something fun or amazing. Or there could be breaking news. Don’t want to miss it.
Somewhere in here on any given day there could be six loads of laundry to do. Surprisingly, there are no other people around here to do this for me.
Once I’ve exhausted every delay tactic, it’s time to open my book, read yesterday’s output and start writing. I look at the clock and realize it’s about noon and wonder what I’ve done since I got up that morning. And also realize it’s going to be a very long day, because after all, I do have a daily word count goal to achieve.
I’m sure my procrastination is someone else’s fault.
I blame the dogs.
***We have one copy of Jaci’s new books Taking a Shot to giveaway to one commenter, just tell us which sports you like to have your heroes play, and your favorite sports romance book. Open to US and Canada only***