On paperwork, paperwork, paperwork…

I honestly hadn’t realised quite how much administration comes from being a writer – and I’m not even professional; at best, I’d class myself a part-timer! Although I’m an editor, proofreader and submission-reader, I’m an infrequent one; I don’t put out calls for anthologies, make decisions on submissions or do most of the admin associated with publishing. I write, but not stacks; I’m sort of in the middle in terms of my writer-ly output. But when you think of writing, the hard part is usually the actual writing, the sweat, blood and tears that goes into the book. The bit after that is…well, a pipe dream. And, I can attest, bloody hard work.

The novels are fairly straightforward; I write the damn things! There’s the alpha- and beta-reading process, proofreading, cover art, release, marketing…but most of that, after the book’s gone to the publisher, is a bit more hands-off for me. I’m obviously involved at the alpha and beta stage, and I do have involvement with the rest, but that isn’t continuous admin. Although, now I’ve said that – I have a book in pretty much every stage of that process, so maybe it is continuous!

However, other writing is a bit more complex. It’s looking for sub calls, checking sub calls, debating stories…then I can write the stories, yay! Then it’s ask beta-readers, send to beta-readers, keep track of who’s had it, respond to comments, integrate (or ignore) comments, send to proofreader, check sub requirements, format story, send off to submission, note the date so you remember to query if it gets to X timeframe and you haven’t heard…and then multiply this by however many sub calls or writing competitions you want to enter this month.

I do a bit of admin associated with Grimbold Books; I read submissions, solicit and post items for the Kristell Ink facebook page (Thursdays is my day, so the interviews are usually me!) and do other odd bits as and when needed. My own stuff is a different sort of admin; I do work associated with this blog – write & edit posts, code & update the site, keep track of domains and server admin – and also with my self-employment (yay, spreadsheets!). I do admin for the Swindon FreeWriters (mailing lists and blog posts, woot) and occasional bits for another blog.

Having just listed it all, I hadn’t realised quite how much there was…o_O good thing I like being organised, huh?