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10 Ways to Maintain Sanity When Your Book is With the Editor – Part 2
If you still need a way to stop yourself from going round the bend while your book is in editing, try these few ways.
Get on Social Media and Conduct an Audit
When your book is released, you want everyone to know about it. You will need to update all your social channels, your website, your email signature and so on so that everyone knows you are a published author. Plan the ways that you can coordinate all of your online presences to reflect that you are an author – your bios, short and long, even down to how you plan your color palettes on your accounts. Make sure you get a professional headshot taken - all the best authors have them – and use it everywhere.
If you don’t have a finished book or your book cover hasn’t been done, you can’t complete your look but you can look ahead and plan how you want to be represented when the book launch happens – think of the time it will save you during the launch!
Invest Some Time In Another Writer
You’ve made it to the end and produced a finished manuscript and that means you have learned something. Take what you learned as a writer and invest it in another writer. You could find similar people online, join a writer’s forum, join a critique group, anything, even mentoring one-to-one, just to pass on your hard-won knowledge.
Take An Online Course
You may have been meaning to take a writing course or an email marketing course for some time. Now is the time to do it. Take any course that will help you market your book, become a better writer and so on, so long as it benefits you as a writer.
I bet you a whole pile of books is waiting to be read. Look through them, grab one, and read. Not only will it help you relax, you can learn something from reading another author’s work.
Talk To Your Editor – When Appropriate
While you are meant to be forgetting about your book, there are times that you will need to talk to your editor. Monitor your email and respond when needed – make sure it is promptly; the longer you take to reply, the longer the editing process drags on. On the other hand, don’t fire off emails to your editor unless it is absolutely necessary. You can check on progress a couple of times in the month but certainly not every week. If you did your homework right, then you have a good professional editor who knows more about their job than you do.
Have a Break
You know that it's hard work to write a book. If you feel drained after writing it, take a break. You don’t need to do anything if you don’t want to. Go away on holiday, catch up on a bit of R and R, let your brain and your body rest.
The most important factors in being a successful writer are your physical, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing. Look after them and the rest will take care of itself.
Written by Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Anne-Marie Reynolds