Bewitching Stop: Author Guest Post with Nina Croft

Today, I am pleased to welcome Nina Croft and she was kind enough to write a post based on my request so I hope you will enjoy it and please leave any questions you might have for Nina in the comments.

Deadlines or Promo?

Lisa asked me to write about the challenge of writing under a deadline while promoting a current book, which strangely, happens to be a really relevant subject for me right now.

The current book I’m promoting is my first full length novel, which comes out this month with Entangled Publishing. DEADLY PURSUIT is the second book in my Blood Hunter series—a combination of science fiction and paranormal romance—sort of Star Wars with fangs and fur. It’s set in a future where man has fled to the stars and there discovered the secret of immortality.

But I’m also busy writing. Anyone within the writing world knows that November is NanoWrimo month, or National Novel Writing Month—when a whole load of crazy writers attempt to produce a novel in a month. This year, my Nano project is book 3 of the Blood Hunter series. It’s contracted to Entangled, and while I don’t have a due date, my editor has requested it ‘as soon as possible’.

So this month, I’m aiming to write between eighty and ninety thousand words—that’s about three thousand a day, every day. I actually love NanoWrimo—it suits my writing style, which is basically: I do a lot of planning up front, then I write the first draft as fast as I can, doing virtually no editing on the way. Then I edit and polish.

So back to the promo bit. One of the things that attracted me to Entangled is they take the promotion side of things very seriously and provide a lot of help to their authors. Each Author is assigned a publicist to work with. Mine is great and around release time, she’ll send me a scary list of blogs and interviews I need to do.

A few facts about me:

  • I’m totally unorganized
  • And I have a tendency to leave everything to the absolute last minute
  • I love writing stories, but I find blogging and promo—anything involving writing about myself—very hard.
  • I’m sort of introverted; in fact, I’m a bit of a hermit, and I live on an almond farm in the remote mountains of southern Spain
  • I love working to deadlines—I’m lazy and easily sidetracked—so it’s good to know I have to do something by a certain date

So given the obvious limitations of my character how do I cope?

Well, I have a spreadsheet. Whenever I get a guest blog or an interview or anything to do with marketing, I put it on the spreadsheet, and every morning, I look at the spreadsheet first thing and decide if there’s anything I really need to send in that day (have I mentioned a tendency to leave everything to the last minute?). If there is, I write it (I keep meaning to write some stock blogs so I’m prepared, but it never seems to work that way—have I mentioned ‘unorganized’?). It also reminds me of any blogs being posted that day, so I can go along, say hi, reply to any comments.

So that’s the marketing side sorted. Once that’s out of the way, I’m allowed to write, and I just keep going until I hit my word count (or something else such as last minute edits interferes). I manage to hit my count about ninety percent of the time—so not too bad.

So how do you cope when promo and writing coincide? Or really anything else that might interfere with you hitting your deadlines? Let me know for a chance to win an ecopy of Deadly Pursuit.

 

Deadly Pursuit

Blurb:

Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that no longer seems an option.

Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.

After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away it was a rash impulse and she means to go back eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?

Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.

 

About the Author:

 

Nina Croft grew up in the north ofEngland. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer inZambiawhich left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southernSpain.

Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

http://www.ninacroft.com

  • I’m in the same situation as you, Nina! I think I need a spreadsheet myself. Good idea! And good luck with your new release this month! I love how the cover matches the one for Breakout. 🙂

    • Nina Croft

      I couldn’t do it without a spreadsheet, Aubrie, my head would probably explode! And I love the covers!

  • Having spreadsheet is a great idea! I’m going to have to borrow that. And I definitely feel your pain on the whole blogging thing – having that conversation with my publicist left me wide-eyed and vaguely panicked. lol

    • Nina Croft

      Lol – yes Katee – I panicked as will! Still panicking actually!

  • Great tips! I basically fit that entire list of “facts about me” . . . . except the southern Spain part. So yes, love these ideas and will definitely be using them 🙂

    Happy Friday!

    • Nina Croft

      Happy Friday and good luck!

  • How can that be? You always come off so organized to me! Can’t wait till your new release! Congrats!

    • Nina Croft

      Lol of course I come across as organized! Not!

  • I’m in the same situation, too! 🙂 And I, too, have a spreadsheet. I started it as soon as my publicist sent me more than three things for my calendar. I keep track of giveaways on it, too, so I don’t a) give away more than I can/should, and 2) don’t forget to actually give things away.

    I also have a weekly to-do list on a spreadsheet, and I’ll add specific posts or interviews to it, as well as my daily writing goal and all my freelance obligations. AND I use Kresley Cole’s tracker to keep track of my daily production for any project I’m working on, whether it’s writing, revisions, or a client project.

    Spreadsheets ROCK.

    Now, parceling out the time appropriately? Still working on that one. I’m regularly shifting stuff to the next day, at about 1:00 in the morning. LOL

    • Nina Croft

      Wow – I’m exhausted just reading that. But I’m off to track down Kresley Cole’s planner (I love Kresley Cole)!

      • You might have to contact her directly. I couldn’t find it last time but she sent it to me when I asked.

    • Thank you so much for coming by!

  • Bethanne

    Remove distractions.
    I keep telling myself that if I could get rid of all these distractions…

    • Nina Croft

      Unfortunately, Bethanne, I don’t think your distractions are the sort you can get rid – not for a long time yet anyway.

  • Great blog Nina!!!

    I love your covers!!!

    I’m struggling with the promo and writing balance. It’s very tricky since I still work full time and try to maintain my wife & Mom status too…

    But it keeps us busy, right? 🙂

    Good luck witht he new release!

    Lisa 🙂

    • Nina Croft

      Thank you Lisa! I’m always wildly impressed by people who manage a job and children and writing – I have enough problems with the dogs distracting me – so you’re doing brilliant!

  • Rachel Firasek

    Nina, just so you know, I’m using this book as a reward for finishing The Last Beginning. 😉 I only have about 14K to go. Woot! The claw hand did it for me. Good luck on the balancing act.

    • Nina Croft

      Hi Rachel – I use the bribery thing as well – just hit my wordcount and I can read a book! Heather’s hand/claw is cool isn’t it!

  • Tina Vaughn

    I may have to try the spreadsheet idea. Right now I’m using one of those giant desk calendars: I jot down conferences, blogs, tasks, deadlines, word count goals, etc. That seems to help me — for now. : )