Even though I don't have anything to plug right now (did I recently remind you that Murder On The Mind is coming out in paperback in October, Murder Is Binding will debut in April 2008 and Dead In Red will be published in June 2008?), I can't afford to let people forget about me.
Therefore, I still spend an inordinate amount of time trying to keep my name alive. I post on other people's blogs (I'm going to guest blog on a blog in two weeks), and I've been gearing up for a multi-author blog (which will debut on March 19th). MySpace has become my new hobby, and I've also set up pages for a couple of other people. (It's up to them to get friends.) But this all takes TIME....
What I should be doing is critiquing a story for a friend. I'm halfway through the book and I really like it. There's a bunch of typos, but that's the easiest thing in the world to fix. There's a time problem, or maybe I've lost track, so I have to go back and figure it out, which could be an hour or more. I want to finish the book today so that I can jump back into my rewrite tomorrow.
Critiquing someone else's work can be very helpful for your own. While I've been reading my friend's book, something in it would jog my mind and I'd get an idea for something that needs to be clarified/expanded on in my own story. So this is really a great exercise.
I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in my friend's book and hitting the keyboard tomorrow to add a bit more polish to Murder Is Binding.
Some days (and not often enough) you just love this business.