How to juggle four projects without dropping your balls

Knowing the Score by Kat LathamThis has been a Cinderella month for me. My debut novel, Knowing the Score, came out on August 5th and received reviews that made me teary eyed with gratitude for the reviewers. After years of hearing people say, “No one wants to read about a hero who plays rugby. He should play football,” and “Your heroine’s a virgin? Oh my God, NO ONE likes virgin heroines,” I’ve been thrilled to have readers say, “I had no idea rugby was such a cool sport!” and “The heroine was so believable! I really felt for her.”

But most of all, I’ve been chuffed to bits (that’s a good thing) to have people ask me what’s coming next. I’ve read a few reviews and blog comments saying the same thing: “I hope she can write fast!”

Um, well…I *could* write fast. It just wouldn’t be very good.

So this month I’ve been learning a few very important lessons in how to manage several projects at once. I’ve been promoting Knowing the Score with giveaways and other fun shenanigans. But I’ve also been editing the second book in my London Legends rugby series, Playing It Close, which comes out on April 20th. Why so far away? Well, I pushed out a baby four months ago, and that kinda slowed me down.

London phonebox in snow; c. obyvatel,

Snowed in – in London!

But wait, Batman! There’s more! I’ve been editing up a storm because Carina Press is going to publish my first novella this December as part of a contemporary romance anthology which also includes stories by Christi Barth and Brighton Walsh. Mine Under the Mistletoe is a Christmas story set in London. Thanks to a trans-Atlantic house swap, California girl Ashley Turner is finally going to fulfill her lifelong dream of a proper English Christmas. Her holiday plans did not include a sexy stranger climbing in to her borrowed bed in the middle of the night. But in the light of day, Ashley can’t help but wonder if Santa has delivered early…

And in my spare (ha!) time, I’m putting together proposals for future books. Gotta keep that career rollin’, right?

And did I mention my baby? I’m working on giving her oodles and oodles of cuddles and kisses…even at 4am when she wakes up hungry and I wake up cross-eyed.

I’m learning how to write faster, edit like a fiend, put together promo that readers want (readers, if you have ideas of things you like and dislike, I’d love to know!), be a mom and be a wife…all at the same time.

It ain’t easy, but so far I’m managing to keep my balls airborne.

I’d love to know: What’s your best time management tip?


How to juggle four projects without dropping your balls — 5 Comments

  1. I want to be as prolific a writer as many of our resident authors here are, so I’m struggling with this question of how to best manage multiple projects.

    Congrats on all of the amazing reviews and, of course, on your gorgeous little girl. :-)

  2. Congratulations on the great reviews and the birth of your little girl. Babies only stay little like that for a short time so enjoy.

    Time management? I’m not really great at it. If only I didn’t have to sleep…Seriously I find the best thing I can do is to take care of myself by eating well (or trying to), exercising (er,dragging my butt to the gym), and getting decent sleep. That helps give me the stamina to get the most out of my day.

    All the best, Kat.

  3. I can’t seem to manage multiple projects, but so admire those who do. I’m happy for all your good goings-on, Kat, particularly the one you “pushed out” a few months back!

  4. Kat –

    I’m with you on learning to juggle projects. I’ve always had several balls in the air, but never this promo-ing/drafting/editing cycle with three different books until now. I’m hoping to take a little time after my release to reflect on what worked well and where I need to make changes.

    Congrats on Knowing the Score – fab book!

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