Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Question: so, how do you do it?

My question is, hopefully, simple. How do you do it? The daily posts on your blog, Facebook, and other outlets? How do you manage the torrential downpour of queries *(let alone dealing with the ones who don't read the QueryShark forums and responding to the ones who do)? How do you manage to do all that and maintain connections with your clientele while shopping their books around to publishing houses/editors who also require a certain depth of connection with you? Even on vacation, you put SOMETHING on for us to look at, completely flying in my smug little face when I thought for sure you'd not put up anything while on vacation or at ThrillerFest. All the while, I cringe at having a definite daily word count!

We aren't even talking about reading or how you manage home life *(which I have a growing suspicion that you must live in a hovel under your desk at the office).

Lastly, as a fun little tid-bit, what kind of shark are you anyways? Keep ripping up the seas!


How do I do it?
Time goblins. I buy the minutes you squander from a team of traveling goblins who steal those extra minutes and resell them. I don't have 24 hours in a day; I have 36.  Every time you come to your senses after drifting off into some sort of vacant stare, well, thank you. Those are now my minutes, and I intend to use them to torment you.


30 comments:

french sojourn said...

Well Wikipedia list 470 different sharks...I think, hands down, most of her Chums would agree with...

Squatina occulta Vooren & K. G. da Silva, 1992 (Hidden angelshark)

Hidden Angelshark.(with a hint of Time Bandit ingested at some point.)

Liz Mallory said...

I could agree with that assessment.

Jim heskett said...

apps like Buffer and services like IFTTT help a lot with social media management. makes you look like you're doing a lot

Terri Lynn Coop said...

So that flasher I wrote about Time Vampires is true?

You know where those goblins get their minutes don't you? DON'T YOU?

Damn telemarketers. And now it is election season. *weeps* No wonder you've been looking so perky lately.

*five minutes*

STOP THAT! I HAVE NEWSPAPERS TO DELIVER!

Terri

Colin Smith said...

To make a point that's as much a kick up my backside as anyone else's, a few centuries ago, kids in Britain and the States could master three or four languages (among them Latin and Greek) by the time they were 18. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you turn off the TV and walk away from social media. I daresay that plays in to Janet's strategy. Indeed, I think she has said before that either she doesn't have cable TV, or doesn't own a TV period.

That, and the fact she has a TARDIS... :)

donnaeverhart.com said...

Time goblins...?


*Jeopardy music begins*

*Vacant stare*

*returns to coherent thought*

That answer bought you at least two additional minutes as we "speak."

Lisa Bodenheim said...

Ooooo, a TARDIS?

Julia said...
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Colin Smith said...

Lisa: That's my theory, anyway. Only Janet's TARDIS has a working chameleon circuit so instead of looking like a 1960s British police box, it looks like a smiley shark. After all, that's the look that best fits the environment in which she swims... er... operates. :)

debbiedorris said...

Bwahahaha! *wipes tears from eyes*

Time Bandit, Angelshark huh. Don't forget to add "with a GREAT sense of humor."

I think she may be a Water Goddess. She snaps her fantastical jaw and time, as we know it, stands still. She goes about her sharky duties, wagging her tale fin with glee. She snaps her jaw again and time resumes its normal pace.

Yep, that's it. She's a GODDESS!

D. B. Sundstrom said...

And here I thought she mastered the Zack Morris time stop ability. She does stop time to explain to us what's going on after all.

MNye said...

...And torment... you do, with torrential glee and superb verbosity, you manage a perfect come hither - but come right, invite.

Carolynnwith2Ns said...

Oh come on people. You don't get to be QOTKU by swimming, swimming just keep swimming. The secret is out, she's ...da, da, da, daaaa...drum roll please, the ENERGIZER SHARK.

Ah, I just wonder, is she a double A or Triple A kind of woman. Maybe she's a C or a D cell. Can't be a 9 volt, they're too uncomfortable.
Where do you put your batteries my dear? No, wait, some things we don't need to know.

Jared X said...

Is there such a thing as a Reacher shark? It feels like there should be.

Amy Schaefer said...

Psst, over here! Look, Shark, those Time Goblins are overcharging you. 36 hours a day? That's nothing. That's olden days. I've got a wardrobe here that will make time stop altogether. You just push through the fur coats, and voila. All the minutes you need. I'll even throw in a desk and chair, right by the lamppost. It's true, they don't get very good cell reception or internet in Narnia, but you can get a heck of a lot of reading done if you can ignore the passing fauns.

Do we have a deal, or what?

Jennifer R. Donohue said...

With some of those questions, I'm sure the posts just write themselves...

Denise Beucler said...

I thought sharks didn't sleep. ;-)

Janet Reid said...

a Reacher Shark!!! YES!!!!

Colin Smith said...

Another thought occurred to me... If every blog post I wrote was guaranteed the kind of awesome comments Janet gets, I'd want to blog every day... :)

M. G. Tarquini said...

Sharks never sleep.

Janet Reid said...

Colin, I think the comments are the best part of this blog. You guys really keep me on my toes, and more important, you really make me laugh.

Angie Brooksby said...

So what are we blog readers? Surfers?

Anastasia Stratu said...

Deep in the sea, The Shark knows, oh-oh-oh. The Shark uses the Eisenhower Matrix, oh-oh-oh.

:)

LynnRodz said...

Okay, so once again I'm late to the party, but like Donna I'm traveling...But, no wait, I'm always late. It's that staring into space all the time. I, alone, must give you a few extra hours each day! (Mention my name and those goblins will give you extra time on the house.) Which reminds me of Keith Jarrett's song, Time On My Hands. Great song btw...okay I'll stop, I have a horse to get on!

LynnRodz said...

I didn't want to say "ride," that would have been stretching the truth! I'm just glad I got off in one piece!

Julia said...

@Anastasia, thanks. Now, I've got "In the Jungle, the mighty Jungle, the Great White sleeps tonight..." stuck in my head. Is it what you wrote? Nope. But it was close enough. ;) And I have this just very weird mix of Tardis boxes, sharks, jungles, and goblins all trying to figure themselves out, dancing in a conga line, stuck in my head...

Write.
Back to work.

Anastasia Stratu said...

Atta Julia! Nerds Victorious! *showing a V=Victory sign with my right index and middle finger*

P.S. Thank you. I have Hakuna Matata in my head at 3 AM. You kinda returned the favor, didn't you? :)

Julia said...

Anastasia - Just wondering...
Who DID let the dogs out?
(Who? Who? Who?)

(Evil grin...)

Julia said...

Janet - If there are seals in the vicinity of a Reacher shark, and there is a stranding...

Would the shark then be...

A Reacher Beacher?

Liz Mallory said...

I just read this again in my email and laughed all over again!