That ‘it’s real’ feeling.

Things are getting exciting. I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks sending messages to my friends saying ‘OH MY GOD I AM SO EXCITED!’

Dottie’s first book, Survival of the Ginnest is being re-released in the spring and I’m bouncing off the walls. When I first got the email, and then the contract, I spent a few weeks floating about in a daze, attempting to write the newest Dottie, but floating around not really sure what to do with myself.

After wanting something for so long, for it to happen, it wasn’t really feeling real. But the feeling of reality and excitement is now coming thick and fast. I’ve seen the new cover (I really hope you love it as much as I do), I’ve written my acknowledgements (EEEEK), and I spent an awful lot of time trying to take a photo of myself looking like a grown up author. Hopefully I’ve succeeded (it’s the one at the top of the blog).

I’m also editing Mothers Ruined ready for re-release later this year, and when I get a few snatched minutes in-between, I’m making notes about Dottie’s next story. It’s amazing – it’s starting to feel real.

So what is the reality of having a publishing deal?

For everyone else, the fuss has died down. Your book isn’t on the shelf THIS VERY MINUTE (although I think to be fair Dottie is coming out super fast), and therefore normality is resumed.

But that’s fine with me; I’m busy scurrying around behind the scenes. I’m loving the support of editors making suggestions, I’m excited to have somebody who knows what they’re doing give me feedback – to me, this is invaluable.

It’s sometimes a struggle to prioritise, and I’m sure anybody who writes understands this, in fact, anybody who works from home or is a freelancer will understand this. To say some days I feel like I’m being pulled in a million different directions is an understatement.

I have three jobs, four if you including the 24/7 role of motherhood, and I wouldn’t change one of them (well that’s a lie, if Dottie could pay me the same as my freelancing work, I’d be super happy – CHANNEL 4 BUY HER AND TURN HER INTO A SITCOM – PLEASE). I love working hard, I love doing things that make my brain think and at the end of the day, I love sitting down and feeling like I’ve accomplished something for myself, as well as my children.

When I worked in an office I had a colour co-ordinated to-do list and I was amazing with dealing with my different tasks efficiently with my usual OCD. But somehow, over the last year or so, working from home, and often the negative reaction that comes from this, has got in the way of organisation and I’ve floundered. When I’m freelancing I want to write, when I’m writing, I want to be putting the washing in and tidying the kitchen, when I’m tidying the kitchen I’m thinking about homework and my governor role at the school and trustee of the trust. I ended up doing a half-assed job of all of them, and that didn’t sit right.

Then one Monday, after another night of worrying, I decided to get serious and sort this shit out.


Outlook is my friend. Different colours are my friend. Ticking things off a list is my friend. SO I GOT SERIOUS, including selfish Aimee moments (hello! Nails are important).

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This has been in practice for just over a week, and the weight on my shoulders has slowly been lifting. That, along with being about to relinquish some of my tasks and worries I had when I was self-publishing, has meant that I might be sleeping better.

Let’s see if I’m feeling as perky three weeks into my colour coded work schedule, and when I’m more than half way through my first draft of the next Dottie book, instead of just the first few chapters of excitement.

Whether you work from home, or in an office – everyone seems to be juggling multiple responsibilities -how do you stay organised?   

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  1. Maddy@writingbubble

    I’m so excited for you! I can only imagine how it must feel to get a publishing deal – it sounds brilliant. Really hard work of course but you’re clearly getting really organised (am impressed by those charts!) and things are slotting into place. It’s so well deserved. I love the author pic too – grown up but you also look really young (in a good way) – you look like the author of the Dottie books. Very proud of you and inspired too! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting xx

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  2. Adria J. Cimino

    Hi Aimee, We’re happy to have you and Dottie! 🙂 I hear you about the idea of staying organized… We have the same challenge here, juggling a million things. I make my “to do” list at the start of each week, but the problem is I keeping adding to it!! Happy writing!

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      The adding to it is an issue! Although, I do love adding something I’ve already completed just so I can cross it out!

  3. Emily Organ

    Such an exciting time for you and I can totally see why you’re getting so organised. It’s something I dream of doing. My organisation is either stuff I’m trying to remember in my head or a scribbled list on an envelope which I can’t later read. I’m a bit intimidated by your colour co-ordination (and envious I have to say). My approach is if it hasn’t got to be done today I can forget about it. The wrong approach I know.

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      Not wrong approach, just one of the many you have to have to survive! Don’t be intimidated by the colours – they can be your friend too 😉

  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    I used to be that organised when I worked full time, but I have let it slip, and I don’t like that feeling! I have started with the lists again (although not quite colour coded, yet!), and it definitely helps me feel more in control 🙂 Huge congratulations on all your news, very exciting!

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      Ahh thanks Sara! You also don’t know how reassuring it is to hear somebody else slipped after working full time! x

  5. Iona@redpeffer

    I can identify completely with your words about finding it difficult to prioritise and that whatever task you were currently on, you’d be thinking about another. That’s exactly me. I’m a way off finding the right balance yet. Brilliant news on the publication front x

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      Good luck finding the balance – it’s a tough trek but you can do it! x (If I can you can that’s for sure!)

  6. Renee @ Mummy Tries

    There’s so much excitement in this post Aimee! I totally get what you have said about doing a half arsed job of everything, that’s how I’m feeling at the mo. I’ll be keen to hear if the colour coordinated to do lists help long term! Congrats again on the deal, such amazing news xx

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  7. Sophie Lovett

    Love the pic! And a little bit in awe of your organisational capacities… I really need to get myself a bit more organised again – I’m juggling writing, blogging, full time toddler care, school governor duties and some freelance work too and it’s certainly not all getting the attention it deserves! Bubbling in the background is the hope that my novels might take off and find themselves a publishing deal. So happy for you that you’ve succeeded in that! Exciting times 🙂 xx

  8. Jenny

    Great pic! And so proud of you – this is a long time coming and right on time! I am in the same place right now with feeling pulled in so many directions with writing deadlines and work deadlines and single motherhood. As you may see it is 3:30am and I am not asleep! Cannot wait to re-read Dottie! x

  9. Nicola Young

    I thought I was the queen of list making but that colour coordinated grid thing takes the crown I think. My problem is that I am better at making lists than I am at doing the things that are on them. At the moment, I have got in to a routine of working Monday and Friday mornings on my novel and blog, then Tuesday to Thursday is work, so it splits the week quite well and I don’t have an overlap of my own work and the freelance stuff.

  10. Morgan Prince

    Oh wow I’m so excited for you Aimee! Getting organised is always a struggle when you work at home. I didn’t manage to get anything done until I started using my blog planner. With that in place I can write down what I’m meant to be doing and have deadlines in place. It makes it feel like office work, in a good way. I hope that by organising the blogging it gives me more time to do the rest of my jobs! Love your positivity and good luck!

  11. Zoe

    Oh this was so exciting to read! Huge congratulations! I’m off to read all about your books now as this is the first time I’ve visited your blog. As for the organisational question – I am not organised at all and it gets me stressed, a lot. So will be coming back to see how your very impressive colour coded plan works and seeing if I can pinch it! x

  12. Jude

    I love this post, so full of excitement but also grounded in reality. And you’re right! Nails do matter! Good for you for reining in the excitement and getting focused! Must be so hard – think I’d still be bouncing off the walls and chinking champagne glasses. (Jude from @BNBSbooks on my personal account) xxx

  13. Chrissie (@rantybeast)

    You are, and always have been far more organised than I am. I’m impressed by your discipline.
    I love that even though this is an exciting time for you, you’re still keeping your feet on the ground. Can’t wait until Dottie is re-released. Xx

  14. Stephanie siviter

    This is the reason I started blogging – to one day be published. After self publishing my first 3 … I’m hoping my 4th will be the one that gets me noticed. You’re living the dream – enjoy every second , steph

  15. Louise

    Oh how exciting to get a publishing deal and I love your colour coded organisation! Glad you are also managing to include some moments for you in the to-do list too!

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