A day in the life of KA Mulenga
1st Oct, 2021
This is my first blog post in quite a while so I'll get right to it!
I started writing children's books a year ago and have published 11 to date. I have also completed my memoir which is in the final stages of cover design and typesetting. A month ago, I was approached by a publisher to write a Middle Grade book which is very exciting and I am still doing the research.
So , I decided to write a day in the life....just to give you some insight on my daily routine. Here goes....
My alarm is set for 6am , I wake up my kids and make sure they are out of bed before I go back to my room ( I learnt my lesson because they would get back into bed and they would end up being late for school). My wife and I try to pray together every morning but on the days we don't manage, we pray when I get back from dropping the kids. We leave home at 7am and I am normally back home at 7.45.
The first thing that I do when I get to my desk is pray after which I check my text and Whatsapp messages and emails. Next on my list is to check my Social Media pages(Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, YouTube, Goodreads). Then I check my Amazon Sales Reports, I maintain a separate spreadsheet for this which keeps tabs on the sales and the formats. Paperback is by far my highest selling format. I then check my Amazon reviews and sales rankings. In case you are wondering, Chuck the Cheetah is by far my highest seller and most popular. It is also the Number 1 Bestseller in Children's Books Africa.
Next in my routine is to read. I am currently reading Joyce Meyers Battlefield of the Mind and a non-fiction book called Self Publishing 3.0. I try to read a chapter a day of each.
The rest of the day is spent on Ad Hoc stuff such as marketing, research for the middle grade novel, servicing my accounting clients(the few that I still have) etc. In between that , I check my social media pages again at 1pm and at 5pm. I have lunch at 1pm, go for a walk around the block, have a snack at 4pm and I normally shut down at 7pm.
On Wednesdays however, I take my son for soccer practice at 5pm so this is the only curve ball. Oh, I forgot to mention that on Mondays I have Men's Bible Study from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.I cook dinner for the family on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I have 10 books that need to be illustrated and published and I hope to have at least 2 done by the end of the year.
And that’s that! It might sound mundane but I love it!