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The challenge of time and priority

For the next 16 days, we’ll be taking a little detour from the traditional marketing posts you’ve come to know and love on the Marcie Brock blog as I lead by example and follow my own writing prompts for the Author Blog Challenge. There’s still time to register. Join today and qualify for drawings for daily giveaways for every day that you post.

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Day 13 writing prompt:

What has been the most challenging part of your book process: writing, building the book, printing, distributing, marketing, etc.? What do you wish you’d known before you began?

The original idea for my book, 1,001 Real-Life Questions for Women, came to me in March 2001. It took me a few months to compile the questions, and the book was nearing completion in early September 2001. Then, like so many dimensions of all our lives, it came screeching to a halt as a result of the 9/11 tragedies.

While I lived in the NYC area, I commuted to the Financial District from New Jersey. I worked in the World Financial Center, the complex directly across the street from the World Trade Center, connected to it by a footbridge. In fact, the PATH train I took to work every day was stationed in the WTC. Certainly these tragedies resonated uniquely with every American, but because a former co-worker lost her firefighter husband, and my friends and loved ones were lucky to escape with their lives, for me the events were eerily personal.

Eventually, though, the shock began to abate, and my own life crept back toward a routine – but for a long time, images of the WTC (before and after) appeared everywhere, and each time I gasped anew. The site of the Twin Towers in pre-9/11 movies still catches me off-guard sometimes.

So, for a long while after the terrorist attacks occurred, I put aside this project. It felt trivial and ridiculous in light of the events of the world. But slowly, I was drawn back to it – because it is important and worthwhile. Upon rereading them, it seemed to me that a number of the questions required re‑wording in our post-9/11 world. I offer them with humility, honesty, and the utmost respect.

Eventually I hit on a layout for the interior pages that I liked and seemed to prove useful to the readers – and I had an official launch in December 2010. In 2011, I entered the Global eBook Awards contest and won in the category of Women’s Studies. Since then? Nada. Marketing plans that have been waylaid by client work. Formatting for Kindle and a paperback version, with only the questions (as opposed to a workbook format) in process but incomplete.

My biggest challenge? Continuity. Time. Priority. I seem to work in spurts, making giant progress. And then back on the shelf for another six months to a year. The good news is that the book has a certain timelessness about it – and I know the right things to do. It’s just now making a concerted effort to do them.

Writing about it again as a part of the blog challenge is motivating, though! Glad to be in the mix, just like everyone else in the Challenge.

Happy publishing!

Laura

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In honor of our 1-year anniversary (May 2, 2012), we’re hosting the Author Blog Challenge! It starts June 2 and is open to published authors, authors-in-progress, and would-be authors. Come check us out and register today!

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