I don't know about you but I find it difficult to get the right balance between marketing current work and getting on with the next book. I'm sure this is something I will get better at with succeeding books to From Light to Dark and Back Again.
I've loved taking part in the various events and signings I've been involved with this year (including last weekend's celebrations at the Winchester Discovery Centre), and obviously hope to do more in 2018, but I would've liked to have finished the draft of my second book a lot earlier than I have done. (I'm now editing that second book. I love editing. The work is going to get better!).
I am hoping to increase the number of hours writing I do as from early next year, which will help, but the one consolation I think is knowing every writer has this dilemma. We all find our own ways of getting the balance right so I'll get there. Goodness knows when but I will get there! (Famous last words I know...)
In the meantime, I'm off to another event in London tomorrow - the Bridge House/Cafelit/Chapeltown/Red Telephone celebratory "do", it will be fantastic to meet up with my fellow authors again and the writing? I might get some done thanks to the marvels of the smartphone on the train. I am getting better at using "dead" time. When I had to take my car in for a service recently, I was almost annoyed they finished quicker than I expected as I really wanted to finish the story I was working on!! I balanced time there well enough!
Image Credit: Most images below taken by me, Allison Symes. One taken by children's author, Finian Black. Many thanks to him.