Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going
I haven’t done a general update on EllesBellesNotebook plans for a while. After really honing in on what was working and what wasn’t in 2022, in 2023 I’m typically falling back on my plans for EllesBellesNotebook. So today I thought I would share an update on where I’ve been and where I’m going.
How’s 2023 going so far?
I’ve been ill for a significant portion of 2023. I started the year with walking pneumonia and then got COVID. It’s been a rough time, but I’ve – touch wood – been feeling better over the last few weeks. However, being ill on top of being incredibly busy isn’t a great combo.
My work-life balance is quite poor at the minute. Very strange for me, as it’s always been something I’ve been very good at maintaining, particularly during lockdown. However, I’ve been working long hours, spending a lot of time in the office and going to events. And I don’t think it’s going to let up any time soon, what with London Book Fair fast approaching.
As such, I’m going to reduce my own expectations and pull back on EllesBellesNotebook and a few other areas of my life for a while. By that, I don’t mean I’m going to disappear as I’ve worked too hard and for too long just to drop my website! What I’m planning to do is to reduce my number of posts to no more than two a week, and not punish myself if I don’t post more than once a week.
Where I’m going in future.
I’ve recently signed with a new literary agent and I am editing a novel with her at the moment. I’m also working very hard in my role as Head of Fiction Marketing at Bonnier Books UK and it’s very busy at the moment!
I’m going to post as often as I’m able on EllesBellesNotebook, focusing on publishing, writing and book content. But I’ll also be sharing updates on my Year of 30 Day Challenges – which are going badly for all the reasons listed above! – and general updates.
My newsletter is lying dormant as are my socials for the most part. Although I did get into a good TikTok groove recently and drafted about 15 videos so TikTok is where you’ll find me most often.
I hope to get back to EllesBellesNotebook and back to writing x3 posts a week from the summer, as I really love it. And as mentioned, I’ve spent a lot of time growing my website and optimising all the elements of it, so I want to keep it going.
But for now, I want to get my work-life balance back to a healthy level and make sure I’m not tied to my desk every day of every week for the sake of my mental and physical health. It’s okay to take a break every now and then.