Sunday, June 9, 2013

Day in the Life of author James Robinson Jr.


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Day in the Life of Author James Robinson Jr. 

I’ve wanted to be a writer most of my life. Of course, as a twenty-year-old college student, I studied fiction but I had no idea where I was headed with it and hadn’t had enough life experience to know what I was doing. But as a sixty-year-old man who now has the opportunity to dedicate most of his life to his writing pursuit, a day in the life of a writer is nothing like I thought it would be. I imagined myself sitting at my desk and performing my magic while a publisher managed the bulk of the mundane stuff and just called me for book signings. Little did I know that, by the time I could declare myself a writer, the publishing business would be topsy-turvy and there would be laptop computers, e-books, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and something called

Writing up a schedule every day is one thing; sticking to it is another. 

My day begins at about 9:00. I like to do the non-writing tedious duties first and get it out of the way. I check my e-mail accounts. I have two e-mail accounts: one personal account and one strictly for everything related to writing. If I see that I have new followers from Twitter I contact them, thank them for the follow, and leave a link to my author Facebook asking if they would consider “Liking” me. 

I usually continue working with my Twitter account. It was suggested during a training course I took that the best method for developing a following on Twitter is the 10/4 tactic—10 tweets, four times a day. One of my first duties during my work day is to tweet messages. Unfortunately, I seldom manage reach 40 per day. I just don’t have that much to say. One possible tweet is to ask another tweeter to “Like” you on your Author Facebook page and you will do the same. There are times when I get responses from other tweeters or my tweet is re-tweeted or receives a “favorite.” But the whole idea is to build relationships which will ultimately sell your books. Using Twitter efficiently should take about an hour.
I move on to my two Facebook pages: personal and Author. If I have anything noteworthy to mention concerning a new book, a blog tour, etc., I post it on my Facebook Author page and share it with all of my friends on my regular Facebook page. I stay on Facebook for about an hour, interacting—writing and sharing with other writers and friends. 

I try to write for at least three hours a day. I shoot for 1,000 words. I have written two non-fiction books and one novella—I’m currently working on a second novella—85 pages, 23,000 words or so—so my books are fairly short. Authors who write longer books (300-400 pages) such as romances, thrillers, and the paranormal, often write much more at a sitting. Writers often tell me that they write 4,000 and even 10,000 words on a good day.
I also have to consider the necessary reading that comes with the life of a writer. Reviews for a writer’s books are essential but often very difficult to come by. Therefore, I have swapped reviews—each to be left on—with other writers which require a quick read of their books. In addition, I have to keep up with reading in my own genre which inspires my own writing efforts. Throw in the inevitable interruptions and daily obligations that come from being a husband, son, parent, and grandparent and I often find myself pushing my writing—the reason I’m here—well into the evening. 

A day in the life of a writer isn’t what I imagined it to when the notion first popped into my head in high school but, then again, I’m not complaining. It beats the heck out of sitting somewhere at a desk in an office where I don’t want to be. I did that for the better part of 40 years.

Book Info 

Stranded in the Savannah, Georgia Airport after a family wedding, Dr. Samuel Johnson—a Gynecologist—his wife and his parents confront their family emotional baggage even as their Louis Vuitton luggage makes its way to the families final destination. During his eight-hour layover in Savannah, Samuel discovers the painful secrets that mull his father’s past, suffers through the erratic behavior of his mother, and even his lovely even-keeled wife has acquired an inexplicably hard edge. He is also forced to confront the fact that he has grown weary of his all-consuming medical practice and longs for another life. As tensions rise, more and more secrets are revealed as the airport becomes the family’s battleground. Can Samuel find a way to make things right?

Author Info 


James Robinson, Jr. is an award-winning author of two non-fiction books: Fighting the Effects of Gravity: A Bittersweet Journey Into Middle Life, and Death of a Shrinking Violet. Book of Samuel – a Novella -- is his first foray into fiction. He is an Indie Excellence Finalist and the recipient of a Readers’ Favorite Five-Star Review. 
Robinson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1974. He didn’t become a serious writer until 1995 when he began writing Fighting the Effects of Gravity.
He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Deborah. He has three adult children and four grandchildren.

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