August 16, 2019– Let’s dive right into the question of the week!
Q: “Lacey, As a writer how do you keep yourself from getting overwhelmed? How can you possibly stay organized with all of the books and projects you have?”
A: There are certainly days where I feel overwhelmed at times, but then I take a deep breath, remind myself that nothing is a crisis that can’t be handled, and I immediately stop what I’m doing to do something else. It’s very important that when you start to feel the walls closing in on you, that you change anything. Change your space, change your position in the room, stand up if you’re sitting, get a fresh perspective and stop what you’re working on! This is your brain’s way of telling you that you need a few minutes to regroup. Take as much time as you need, take the afternoon off, go do something wild or out of your comfort zone, do whatever it takes to make sure that you’re ok. You can’t be any good to yourself or anyone else if you’re burnt out and uninspired. It is ok to rest, it’s ok to let go, it’s ok to shut off your devices. It’s essential to your wellbeing every once in a while to just be.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I have pretty amazing systems in place that take a lot of the pressure off. I have a social media scheduler that allows me to plan my posts for 30 days at a time, I’ve got a dry erase calendar in my kitchen that has all of my things to do for the week in order of importance, and I use technology to streamline as many processes as possible such as pre-planning my blog posts and YouTube videos. If I had to post every day without this help, it would be near impossible to do so and would be a time-consuming pain.
Find ways that you can help yourself get organized and how you can make your life a bit easier and less stressful by putting systems in place that become automatic. X LLB
December 1, 2017- I absolutely love coming across new writing prompts. Not only does it help writers sharpen their skills, but it also allows us to write about things that we may not normally write about. There are different types of writing prompts and here are a few examples below. Try a couple of these per day!
May 1, 2017- I get a lot of requests from authors in regards to taking a look at their manuscript, and while I’m more than happy to do so, I’ve decided to post some submission guidelines. Pandamonium Publishing House is a boutique publishing house that publishes up to ten titles a year of all types of fiction. Currently, we are at our max for the year regarding publishing but are still accepting submissions of fiction and non-fiction for all ages.
- Please send a synopsis of your work (include the ending of the book) and please make it one page only. A synopsis is a brief summary of your book.
- Please include the first five pages of your manuscript pasted into the BODY of your e-mail. I won’t open attachments unless they are from a trusted source.
- Please allow 4-12 weeks for a response from me as this allows me the much needed time to accurately address your manuscript. I will send you a response either way via e-mail so remember to include your contact information!
- Please don’t take anything personally. Sometimes I reject manuscripts for different reasons, maybe we’re at our maximum publishing quota for the year, maybe the story isn’t a great fit for our publishing house, perhaps there are too many errors within the manuscript. Whatever the reason, please don’t take it personally. Keep submitting and keep trying!
To send me a submission of your work following the guidelines above, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include SUBMISSION in the subject line. I look forward to reading your submissions. Stay tuned for a future blog post about how to successfully get published.