EMEPiper Ep 11: Interview with Melissa Schroeder

Interview with Melissa Schroeder

Interview with Melissa Schroeder

Since the publication of her first book in 2004, Melissa has had close to fifty romances published. She writes in genres from historical suspense to modern day erotic romance to futuristics and paranormals.

Along the way she has garnered an epic nomination, a multitude of reviewer’s recommended reads, over five Capa nods from TRS, three nominations for AAD Bookies and regularly tops the best seller lists on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

http://melissaschroeder.net/

I’m happy to have Melissa join me on EMEPiper, talking about juggling multiple series and time management.

Highlights

  • Introduction to Melissa Schroeder and her work
  • Why writing multiple series at the same time works for Mel (and Piper)
  • Shout out to Joyfully Reviewed – Mel’s making ribs!
  • How writing something different can make you a better writer
  • What kinds of deadlines does Mel face with 5 series in progress?
  • Mel’s routine and how she hits her goals, even dealing with chronic pain
  • Mel’s Time Management Tip

Shout-outs

You can support EMEPiper and Piper’s other writing-related creative content at patreon.com/piperjdrake.
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True Heroes series continues!

I am happy to announce the True Heroes series continues in 2018 with three new novels!

Alex Logan of Forever (Grand Central Publishing – Hachette Book Group) is editing these brand new stories. I am so very excited to be working with her. 

Of course, 2018 seems to be a long way away. Both my publisher and I are already working hard on these novels. More details will be coming soon, including insight into the new setting and cast of characters as the True Heroes series moves into its next arc. I promise these stories will continue with strong ex-military heroes and heroines with the amazing service dogs who love them at their sides.

True Heroes series continues

EMEPiper Ep 10: Getting Actual Work Done

Piper Write or Die

Tasks have been identified and prioritized. It’s time for getting actual work done. For some, this is very simple. However, it might not be easy when there’s a whole lot of life going on in your world.

Life is full of distractions. Your mind may dodge work, running in circles or latching onto various things to do in the name of research or administrative clean up when in reality, it’s all procrastination.

Some simple techniques for eliminating distractions may allow you to buckle down and be productive. Scheduling time and developing routines are very helpful. But more complex considerations may come into play when you travel like I do and can’t develop routines or schedule time. 

Highlights

  • Where’s Piper? In her home office!
  • It’s time to actually work
  • So how do I actually get work done?
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    Sometimes I need encouragement and there’s an app for that
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    What if my Focus needs more Focus?

Shout-outs

You can support EMEPiper and Piper’s other writing-related creative content at patreon.com/piperjdrake.

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EMEPiper Ep 9: Prioritization with Simple Lists or Using a Matrix

Piper's Prioritization Matrix

There are times when I’ve got so much to do, I’ve got no idea where to start or what the prioritization is. It’s just an overwhelming mess of things that need to be done. I’m frozen in analysis paralysis and stressed out.

It’s time to take a deep breath and apply what I know of prioritization to the chaos of all the tasks piled up in front of me. Sometimes, my approach can be straightforward and simple. Other times, I need to apply my flexible approach to evaluating and organizing my tasks in a matrix to easily decide what to work on next.

Highlights

  • Where’s Piper? In her home office!
  • When you need to prioritize your tasks
  • How to prioritize: Simple Approach
  • Matrix Approach
  • OMG something else hit my To Do list!

Shout-outs

You can support EMEPiper and Piper’s other writing-related creative content at patreon.com/piperjdrake.
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Focus on Writing in 2017

Piper Surviving Deadlines by Focus on WritingI made a careful decision to have a stronger focus on writing this year. As an author, one might think I write, therefore I have a focus on writing.

But here’s the thing: when an author goes to events, the author isn’t writing much, if at all. When an author is doing book signings, the author isn’t writing much. The priority is to spend time with you, the reader, and rightly so. It’s important and I love meeting readers!

But all those events take away from writing time. There’s also travel that both takes away from writing time and is generally exhausting.

I maintain a day job career in parallel to my author career and I do travel 85% of my time for the day job. Add writerly events in there and I am sometimes away from home for up to 3 weeks at a time. I don’t take vacations, I take time off from the day job to attend writerly events and conventions. There’s no down time and without down time, my creativity suffers.

Last year was rough and much of it was due to the killer schedule I set for myself. I wrote 5 full length novels and several short stories through the course of the year in addition to throwing myself into my day job for the most challenging project of my day job career.  I am proud of my work.

There’s no way I can maintain the pace. I wouldn’t survive.

This year, I’ve decided to manage my time carefully and only attend writing retreats. At these retreats, my writing productivity has been amazing. My intent is to come through 2017 with high quality writing and the foundation laid to do great things with my writing career in the future. My priority is to provide great stories to my readers. This year, I’ll focus on writing.

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Come 2018, I’ll be looking at events again. I’ll be out there to meet readers and network with pros in the industry. Moving forward, I’ll be carefully balancing these priorities so my writing — the core of me as an author — is still strong as I participate in upcoming events too.

If you’d like me to attend your favorite convention or reader event, please contact the event coordinators and request me. It’s the best way to let events know you want me there. These events are for you, readers. Let them know who you want. 😉

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It's Throwback Thursday! Here's a look back at HIDDEN IMPACT, Book 1 of the Safeguard series.

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= = = “Your apartment’s been bugged. Do you have any family in the city?”
She shook her head, her face brushing into the hollow at his shoulder. A sense of purpose solidified. Protect. Defend. It’d started when he’d recognized the threat earlier and dove to get her out of harm’s way. It’d only intensified since.
He wasn’t about to leave her here.
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My first fountain pen! I need to practice handwriting.

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