Every Minute, Everywhere - Time Management for Authors with Piper J. Drake

Author Piper J. Drake talks about balancing a day job, writing career, and the inevitable travel hijinx of the frequent flyer/road warrior.
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Nov 17, 2016

Piper teaching at RT Booklover Convention

Why time management at events? It’s con season and for many, conventions or conferences become a blur of things to do, people to see, and it’s easy to lose the key reasons you attended when overwhelmed by the sheer craziness of it all. I love attending them, learning new things, meeting people, refreshing acquaintances. It can be intimidating and confusing. It can be an onslaught to the senses. And it can be amazing, when I manage my time to make the most of it.

Attending conventions and conferences is costly, both in terms of money invested to go and time taken away from writerly things to be there. In this podcast episode, I talk about how I manage my time to prepare and attend cons to make the best use of both my money invested and my time.


  • I’ve got a lot of events in 2016
  • Questions I ask myself before deciding to go
  • Planning ahead: 6 months to a year
  • More Planning ahead: a few months
  • A few weeks in advance: do my clothes fit? Where’s the schedule?
  • I’ve arrived! It starts in the lobby.
  • Set up your room for convenience and comfort


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Nov 16, 2016

in their own worlds

Prioritizing and urgency via deadlines are at the top of my mind as I kick off 2016’s run of #EMEPiper at the changeover from January to February.

Last year was full of deadlines, possibly the most challenging year for writing I’ve ever had. As a result, I’ve got five books releasing this year, as well as two or three short stories as PJ Schnyder.

For the coming year, I’ve got even more planned and I want to manage my time so I can do all the things, enjoying them along the way. There are going to be some tough choices ahead and a lot of prioritization.


  • Why is Piper podcasting about time management?
  • Nifty friends with creative ideas, coordinating dates with writerly deadlines
  • Setting daily word count targets to hit the deadline
  • “Word count” and the publishing perspective
  • Rewire the brain: word count target vs. chapter target
  • NaNoWriMo and drafting, not editing
  • On contracts and pitching and writing the next book
  • Importance of deadlines, even self-imposed
  • Word counts and genre
  • Lessons Learned from Writerly Life: Don’t ignore publisher standards for word count
  • Time Management Trick: Plan Your Day and Prioritize the To Do


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Nov 14, 2016

PIper J Drake

This is it! It’s my first episode of Every Minute, Everywhere. Time Management for Authors with Piper J. Drake kicking off this week of podcasts to celebrate EMEPiper's new RSS feed and hosting home.


  • Introduction – What (or who) am I?
  • Why am I podcasting?
  • The New Year and SMART Goals
  • …also scheduling
  • What’s in store for this podcast

This is just the beginning and my first foray into solo podcasting. I plan to improve as I go and I hope you’ll all enjoy #EMEPiper’s evolution.

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