Christmas survival guide for authors

  • photo(9)Attend as many Christmas parties, lunches, dinners, meet-ups, writers’ days and readers’ days as possible. They can be offset against your tax payment as ‘networking’ and/or ‘research’.
  • Do as little Christmas hosting as you can get away with (unless you can invite people who you can put in your books, of course). You need the Christmas period to refill your well of creativity and running round screaming ‘The turkey isn’t cooked!’ is detrimental to artistic output.
  • photo(53) copy 3Delegate Christmas shopping/wrapping. You have to write as much as possible before Christmas  to free your mind to enjoy the festivities.
  • When you hear anybody say, ‘I can’t think what to buy for so-and-so’ instantly suggest the title of one of your own books. Offer to sign it. And supply a bookmark.
  • photo(9)You know how a Christmas cake is ‘fed’ alcohol at regular intervals? And it makes it richer? Why not try regular alcoholic intake of your own and see if it makes you richer, too?
  • Email or message every writer or reader chum you fancy a gossip with. This definitely comes under the heading of ‘networking’ or ‘market research’ or even ‘PR’. And your editor and agent are probably on holiday by now.

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  • Plan your research trips for next year.
  • Do not make any New Year’s resolutions that may impede your writing career. We’re all going to have a fantastic 2016, right?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  1. Love this post, Sue! And like the idea of feeding self with alcohol ;-). Hope you have a great Christmas and best wishes for a fantastic 2016 x

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  2. Definitely going to try the feeding with alcohol idea. I wonder if hovering around the mistletoe asking for kisses to help ‘research’ is frowned on?

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  3. Love it Sue! Merry Crimbles… Jenny xx

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  4. Sounds as if you have it all sorted, Sue. Have a wonderful Christmas – and no running around screaming that the turkey is still al dente!

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    • Thank you, Charlotte. Sadly, the delegation and no-hosting are skills I have not acquired!!! I manage the parties and the alcohol OK. I hope that your Christmas is everything you wish it to be. x

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  5. Thank you, Sue. The best advice from you as always 🙂
    Have a peaceful Christmas!

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  6. Reblogged this on Siobhan Daiko and commented:
    Christmas Survival Guide for Authors with thanks to the lovely Sue Moorcroft. Have a wonderful Christmas and I’ll see you all in the New Year!

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  7. Love it. Especially the last part. Although I do need to get out in my garden more… I could use that as brainstorming time. But yes, not commiting to something that takes away my very valuable writing time.

    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year x

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