As you guys can probably guess, Becca and I have a lot on the go as we share businesses, books, software, and more. We teach, run this blog, manage multiple platforms, and do our own marketing. A question we are often asked is, “How do you do it?”
And the answer is usually…
“Oh, you know…we manage things the best we can.”
Talk about ambiguous, right? And there’s a reason, because do we really want to say “managing” equates to sacrificing sleep, family time, and interests? Do we want to tell people we’re constantly triaging the to-do list because there will never be time to get it all, and feel like failures at times because of all the things we can’t get done?
I know most of us are familiar with “managing.” We all try to juggle too much. Speaking for ourselves, these last two years of Covid-related business struggles has pushed us to the end of our abilities to “manage.” We’ve hit a wall, and hard.
Ironically in some ways it’s good that we did. It’s forced us to finally do what we should have done years ago: gotten help.
Which leads me to the wonderful Mindy Alyse Weiss!
Awhile back I mentioned on Facebook that Becca and I were thinking about bringing on someone to help with Writers Helping Writers and who immediately reached out? Mindy Alyse Weiss.
Mindy is someone we’ve known for years, a fixture in kidlit writing circles. She’s always ready with kind words, support, and help. She has the same pay-it-forward mentality, love of the writing community, and passion for educating and empowering writers as Becca and I have, so we knew she’d be a great fit.
Mindy’s been working behind the scenes at Writers Helping Writers for a few months now, and it’s time to introduce her officially as our Resident Blog Wizard. She’ll be helping in a myriad of ways, including overseeing guest posts and helping with our Resident Writing Coach program. We couldn’t be happier.
A bit more about Mindy:
Mindy Alyse Weiss is a glitter-loving kid at heart. Writing, reading, and hanging out with other book-loving people is her air. She’s written many humorous middle grade novels and picture books, but also enjoys tapping into the challenging parts of her life so she can spread sunshine, hope, and show readers they aren’t alone.
Mindy loves giving back to the writing community. She’s a founding member and Administrator on the From the Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors blog, an SCBWI volunteer, and host of the PBParty chats, new draft challenge, and annual contest.
Mindy Alyse Weiss lives in Florida with her husband, two daughters, and rescue dog and cat. She adores animals and would adopt every homeless one if she could. She also loves chatting with other book-loving people on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook…and seeing their adorable pet photos! She’s thrilled to be represented by Joyce Sweeney.
We’re very excited to have her here, and to have help at last. 🙂
Please wish Mindy a big hello!
Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.