Blogger: Rachel Kent
In the publishing industry we are all juggling many tasks and often wear multiple “hats” each day. I know authors who are currently working on edits for one book, writing a second book, and putting a proposal together for another series. And most of those authors are also spouses, homeowners, and/or parents, and they might hold down a day job. It’s exhausting to think about what we all are responsible for each day. Whew! Let’s take a moment to take a deep breath and give ourselves a pat on the back. Good job, everyone!
I’ve noticed recently that my clients are doing something wonderful for me. They have been giving me dates to expect their work from them. Sometimes it’s a complete manuscript and other times a finished proposal, but it has been very helpful. When I know what is coming at me in the near future, I can start to plan for it before it comes. And if I know that I will have five projects coming at the end of the month, I might ask two of those five authors to push back their dates by a couple of weeks. Those two authors would be selected based on the urgency of the work needed from me. If an author needs feedback before a deadline, they would have to take priority over an author who is waiting for me to read a revised manuscript that we haven’t pitched yet. Hopefully knowing that I need a little extra time allows those authors to slow down and take more time with the work at hand–or they can put another job as top priority for a couple of weeks.
With these little self-imposed deadlines my clients are informing me of, I feel less stressed and I’ve been able to manage my time more effectively. I hope it has also helped my clients to feel more productive as well!
So, thank you, dear clients! And I hope this tip helps other writers and agents, too!
How do you manage your daily stress? Do you exercise? Watch TV? Nap? Read? Bake?
I usually read, but recently I’ve just been falling asleep when I read, so books are very slowly being enjoyed. I also like going to the gym, but trying to figure out when to go has been more stressful than it’s worth recently. I’ll get back to it soon!
Is there something you could do in your own life to help reduce stress?