Unfortunately, Tom, it is. The publicity push for book 1, along with me having to get what signings I could, blogging where I could, running a couple contests, getting my name and my book out there? Burned me out, heavy-like. All this while struggling with my father's death and writing book 2 and now I get the galleys for book 2 in early December but I'm ALSO now starting to edit book 3 and the publicity push for book 2 will start next month or so and and and and... oh, I'm also developing an idea that my agent loves, for a stand-alone.
... but this is because I'm writing a series and drew a multi-book deal. It's not like this for everyone, though I know writers who are with major houses and they are VERY busy and burned out, too, what with appearances, flying around the country doing panels and stuff. It's all fucking GREAT, man, BUT it IS rough after a time. There is SO much now on the author's shoulders, and of course we want our books to succeed, right?
This is the job, and it's a job I love. I love writing to death, which is good because it'll probably be the death of me!