Go into any bookstore (including your Kindle) pick up a book and get lost in the story. With any luck, you'll be lost in a new world for three, maybe four hours.
Pop a review onto Amazon or Goodreads or B&N. Then nudge the author about the next book.
Total time invested? Maybe a half day?
Reader time versus writer time is like human to dog years.
Here's the writer's timeline. First draft, 7-10 weeks, author editing process before we send it anywhere 1-2 weeks, developmental edits - 2 weeks, copy edits - 2 weeks, and page proofs - another 2 weeks. 18 weeks or around 4 1/2 months.
And that's just the time invested by the writer. Then add in the publisher's time - cover, formatting, review ARCs, promotion.
It's a wonder any books get published at all.
But they do.
In the last two months, I've been working on six different projects. Copy edits for #5 - Done. Page proofs for #4 - on my desk. First draft for #6 - started. Third book in The Council series - submitted to my publisher for a yay or nay. Formating a self-publishing project, and tonight, I bought a cover for a new SP re-release for a novella I recently got rights returned on.
No, seven, because I ordered a new cover for Shawnee Holiday since its made enough to deserve a professional cover.
Make that eight, as I wrote a proposal for an entirely new cozy series and submitted it to my editor.
What have I learned through all the juggles? Lesson 1-I can't edit one book in a series and write another. I can if they aren't related, however. Lesson 2-I can write more words a day or a week than I'd ever expected. and Lesson #3 - you have to be good to yourself, otherwise, you get too many puppies dreams.
Am I complaining? Hell, no. I love the process. But sometimes, even this time management freak has to say uncle. Times like that, I start completing things to get them off my list. Then I feel better.
So what do you think an author does all day? You might be right.
My Sexy Valentines - is available now, Amazon only. My story, The Twelve Days of Valentines, tells the story of a specialty jam maker and her delivery guy.