English: Infographic on how Social Media are b…
English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indies have to work their butts off. We have to cover everything (which isn’t exactly different from working as a traditionally published writer, other than the idea that we also source our editors and other stuff), and we have to do it, plus stand up against the idea that indies are somehow deficient.
Many indie authors ask how my day works out – so I thought I’d share.

7am – up with the kids. Both are now in high school so are out the door by 7:45.8-8:30am – I do something called ‘750words‘ – on a website, as fast as I can – it’s a brain dump.
8:40-11:40 – I edit.
11:40-12:30 – lunch/social media. I also take gaps at 10 minutes between the projects I do, and deal with social media and moderation ‘stuff’ for the groups I look after.
12:30-4pm – I write/edit/do whatever people need. I run a host for writers, so I often help people with coding too.
4pm-7pm – on and off the laptop, feeding the kids, doing homework and more ‘family stuff’.
Some nights, we have a game, other nights, I write. Other nights I read. And rarely, I get to knit.

The hours I spend editing are for other writers – while I’m writing it’s my own stuff, or working on copywriting for others. It’s lots of fun.
Occasionally, I also code. I maintain http://alexandriapublishinggroup.com (founded with our other blogger, Valerie!) and some other stuff.
So, how does this help YOU?

The thing is, indies need to make their own schedule. Doing so will allow you to write, and work on social media and more. The point is, you’ve got to ensure that you have time to do everything you can. In several of my groups, people talk about how they only have five minutes to do everything other than writing. And I’ll be honest and tell you – that’s enough! Five minutes on twitter, if you’re focused, because you know that’s all you have is far better than nothing at all.
In the next few weeks, on a Thursday, one of us will be talking about social media – giving you a tour of the different features you can use to your advantage and how you do it.

Till then though, do you have any social media questions?

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Kai Wilson-Viola writes under various names, and in all genres. Co-founder and webmistress of the IAG site, she writes content on request of members.
She has written several books including the Ten Hour Marketing Plan and 12x12 - tutorials for social media.
When not writing, she can be found maintaining sites, designing themes, managing a charity called the Less than Three foundation, gaming, knitting or reading.