It’s the most common question I get:
Until now, I’ve never had a ready answer, except that I have few obligations and responsibilities outside of my own career. But after pondering the reasons, I’ve written this post over at Writer Unboxed: The Secret to Finding the Time to Write, Market, Promote, and Still Have a Life.
I offer up 5 ways YOU can find the time in the coming year to be as productive as you want:
- Decide what you’ll stop doing—and I’m not talking about turning off the TV.
- Pay someone to do stuff you don’t like.
- Say good-bye to guilt and obligation.
- Be good at what you do.
- Spend the most time on what matters most to you.
Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.
In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.
Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.