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Publisher's Summary

Are you an author struggling to find time to write?

You've worked eight grueling hours at the day job, walked the dog, done the dishes, and put the little ones to bed. How do you still complete your writer to-do list after all of that?

It might seem like there's never enough time, but you can find a way to create. You can publish regularly while balancing all those other tasks in your life.

I can show you how.

Jim Heskett publishes hundreds of thousands of words of fiction every year while maintaining a day job, family, and friends.

Want to know my secret?

I'll show you:

  • How to write fast and stick to a schedule
  • How to prioritize all your tasks to regularly push your words out the door
  • How to create time out of nothing so you can write

Stop beating yourself up for not accomplishing your writing goals. Take control of your life and learn how to be a Juggling Author!

©2017 Jim Heskett (P)2017 Jim Heskett

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  • Tatiana
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • 09-06-17

Inspired Me to Make More Time for My Writing

Short version: this book inspired me to write more. I got it a month ago and have been writing daily ever since. What more do you need?

For the long version, here we go. Essentially, this book attempts to provide a system for approaching and navigating the world of indie publishing, particularly on a tight schedule. The author writes suspense books and publishes several per year, and in this book he shares concrete information about how he does it. Personally, I have dabbled in writing fiction for years, but also have another profession I have no intention of giving up. Though I have published successfully in the past, I thought there might be some useful information here. There was.

The author is genuinely funny, and uses lots of colorful anecdotes to drive home points that every writer should understand, but which often form the dividing line between hobbyists and professional authors. Case in point: the muse chapter. I particularly enjoyed this one. Here he refutes the commonly cited excuse of needing to feel some mystical sense of "inspiration" in order to write, prefacing quite neatly with the phrase, "Your muse is a useless asshole." Ha! So true!

For me, the good information basically started at Chapter 3. Prior to that, he is just telling you what to expect from the book. Here are some of the points I personally found to be highlights.

Push back: the idea that you do not in fact get four times as much done in 8 hours as you would in 2. If you have a lot of time, you tend to waste a lot of it.

Making time. If you only have 20 minutes to write, then write for 20 minutes.

Goal tracking. Track your progress daily on a calendar. Get into a streak and don't break the chain of successful days. This is the same concept many of those time-sucking mobile games use to hook you, and it works: they record every day you log in to tap a bunch of nonsense on their game, and give increasing bonuses you when you log in several days in a row. The best ones give you a major reward if you log in every day for a month, a year, etc. I once played a mindless tapping game every day for six months for this exact reason, even if it was just to log in to collect the reward. So this idea is bound to help me make time to write EVERY SINGLE DAY. That's a win.

Scrivener. Software for writers? How did I miss this? I'm a software developer AND a writer, and I write my fiction in a programmer's text editor called Kate. Of course, I use Linux so that may be part of it, but this . . . this is a game changer.

There are several other useful items, but this has gone on long enough and I want you to have time to listen to the book.

So yes, I recommend this one.

A free copy of this audiobook was provided to me at my request by the author, publisher or narrator. This did not in any way affect the opinions I have expressed.







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Step-by-Step for Busy Writers

I absolutely loved this audiobook. I'm going to have to give it another listen so I can take notes. Jim really packs in a lot of great anecdotes and ideas for writers who are too busy to write...or think they're too busy to write. This is a good motivator too. If Jim can do it, I can do it.

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Standard Advice In A New Way

The narration of this book was good and lively.

The advice that this book provide you might have heard in other places with the exception to the social media info and how to do 4 books a year. the shortest summation of the book is "Sit down make a plan to fit your life, stuck to it and throw in this formula and you can kick out 3 to 4 books a year." but as with any good advice it was a much needed reminder if the advice you have to just do it so do it!

I would recommend the book and I plan on getting the social media guide as that is the biggest tool writers need in this now digital age.

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I needed this.

It's real easy for us to caught up in the daily grind and slowly but surely lose sight of our dreams. Jim shows you that you don't have to let go of your dreams at all. He teaches you how to juggle, and it really isn't that difficult. You just have to want it. From beginning to end his audiobook is loaded with tips on how write the novel (or series of novels) you always wanted to, even if your job and family are taking up a lot of your time. Thank you Jim.

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Great advice for any author

I work from home and actually have plenty of free-time to write, I've just been making too many excuses and letting things distract. I found Jim's book helpful because he shows you how you can get a book done even when all the odds are against you. This is a quick listen and inspiring. Great narrator too.

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VERY Useful Actionable Advice

This book delivers! I went into listening with low expectations due to the cover art, but I was pleasantly surprised. Great, actionable advice given in a nice, informal tone that was entertaining to listen to. Highly Recommend!

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Great Narrator, Great Tips

This audiobook along with 20K a Day by Jonathan Green should be in everyone's collection. Between these two audiobooks there's just no reason you can't be cranking out novels. Jim's book is truly inspiring for those of us who are forced to juggle what we truly love with our workaday jobs. I've picked up my monster outline again for my dream fantasy fiction series. No excuses this time. Jim has provided me excellent clarity on how to get it done. The narrator was fantastic (also the narrator for 20K a Day). An enjoyable and valuable listen all around.

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Excellent Tool For Novice-Professional Authors ✍️


Wow! I need a nap after listening to this book. I have no idea how Jim Heskett is able to write 4 books per year while working a full-time job, parenting, being a husband!

This three-hour plus short is bursting at the seams with advice. He thoroughly examines the writing process, getting from the 1st draft to final copy. His discoveries for: the best platforms for writing, best methods for writing quickly, rules for writing – depending on which draft of the story you're in, how to use dictation software (pros/cons) and much, much more.

I WILL listen to this book again, again and again with my notebook and pencil in hand to take notes. I don't know anyone who would be able to listen to and retain all of this helpful instruction in one reading. Again, it is bursting at the seams, cup running over, filled to the gills and any other cliché. I may consider buying the e-book/Kindle for its table of contents – as its harder to pinpoint certain sections on the audio version.

John Alan Martinson Jr. Brought the enthusiasm and professionalism that THE JUGGLING AUTHOR needs and deserves. A fantastic performance. 5 stars

Overall I have rated this perfect book with 5 perfect stars. If you have no interest in writing, this is not for you. However, if you devour books and wonder how authors get things done, are an author or considering writing, I think you'll find a lot of solid information in this full and bursting book.

✍️ Thanks for taking the time to read my review. Please select – yes – below if you found my review helpful. Consider following me on Audible, my preferred genres are: 1) CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE and 2) ESPIONAGE/THRILLERS. However, I have many opportunities to listen and review books from almost every genre. Thanks again!

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Great Read

Any additional comments?

The Juggling Author by Jim Heskett was a good read. It is a good book for any author who is struggling with time management. The author provides you with helpful tips for writing good as well as fast.

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hilarious and excellent advice

Would you listen to The Juggling Author again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this again. There is so much useful information you can't absorb it all at once. Additionally, the narrator has a fantastic dry wit.

What does John Alan Martinson Jr. bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He totally grasped the author's sense of humor and delivered perfect deadpan humor everywhere it was needed. His narration was crisp and clear, very easy to understand.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

My favorite section covered how to efficiently write your first, second and third drafts to not waste time and still get a great product.

Any additional comments?

I have been recommending this book to all my author friends!

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