Author Nadia L. King On Using Your Time Strategically

Today’s guest for the SNOB (Second Novel Omnipresent Blues) is Nadia L. King. An Australian author, Nadia was born in Dublin, Ireland and is a YA author and short story writer. Nadia’s book, Jenna’s Truth, is available from Serenity Press.

Whether you’re under contract or trying to snag another deal, you’re a professional now, with the pressures of a published novelist compounded with the still-present nagging self-doubt of the noobie. How to deal?

Is it hard to leave behind the first novel and focus on the second?

Leaving behind the writing of my first book, Jenna’s Truth, hasn’t been difficult. Despite being deep in the editing phase of my second manuscript, I am starting to get distracted by an idea for a third manuscript. Thoughts keep popping into my head. I ignore them when I should probably write them down in a new notebook! The third manuscript will tackle the subject of self-harm so whenever I come across an article for research I save it for later, much later…

At what point do you start diverting your energies from promoting your debut and writing / polishing / editing your second?

I really don’t know when you stop promoting your first book. I’m still very much connected to Jenna’s Truth (a second edition is being launched by Serenity Press in April) so I’m definitely trying to push the book as much as I can without being annoying to my readers and anyone nice enough to follow me on social media (a difficult task for authors to balance).

My second manuscript isn’t contracted so I don’t have a hard deadline to meet, but that uncertainty comes with its own stresses. Right now, I especially need the eyes of an editor, but not being contracted means I don’t have that option without funding an editor myself. I swing between polishing and promoting, and hopefully I’m getting the balance right.

Your first book landed an agent and an editor, and hopefully some fans. Who are you writing the second one for? Them, or yourself?

I write for my readers—for the teens whose lives I hope to influence. Writing always has a selfish element, but ultimately I’m writing to bring about a little change in the world (that may be naive, but it’s definitely a big part of my motivation for writing).

Is there a new balance of time management to address once you’re a professional author?

Time management is tricky for all writers. I’m a YA author and try to get to as many schools and libraries as possible to share my message with teens and their caregivers. All the time I spend on marketing myself as a speaker means time away from writing which can be frustrating. But connecting with audiences is incredibly rewarding and well worth time away from my desk.

What did you do differently the second time around, with the perspective of a published author?

The second time around, I tried to focus more. I didn’t blog as much or write as many book reviews. I tried to use my time more strategically. Practically, I invested in Scrivener which has made drafting and editing far more efficient. I’m interested to see what I’ll do differently next because I think I’ve learnt more in the last year than I ever have before. I’m becoming more confident in my writing process.