This is a question for all us struggling writers who jam it in among our other life commitments, and waste far too much time in guilt over time spent NOT writing. I'm here to say, anything you have to do for your book is writing. I mean, I know hunting up a cover artist isn't writing. But it's part of the job, and if you have only so much time, you need to take time from holding a pen and go do it.
So here's a list of things I have realized need to count, so I stop beating myself up over not doing any "writing" while dealing with them:
--the whole cover thing. Finding artists, drawing my own, whatever it takes. It's not a book without a cover, and the job must be done.
--revisions. We've already discussed this. Revising IS writing, and if you don't believe me, go back to your freshman comp class and try again.
--formatting. Like the cover, it has to be done, and done right. So you have to allow yourself the time.
--blogging. Duh. It's not your novel, but it's writing.
--marketing. See covers and formatting. It's nice if you can do this without impinging on writing time. But if it needs doing. . . DO it.
--making coffee. None of the above happens without coffee.
What doesn't count:
--cruising around Goodreads.com
--reading the news
--looking at cute kitten videos
--housework of any sort
--anything (aside from making coffee) that isn't involved with either stringing words together or getting them into a condition to be shared with the world.
Dang. I'm gonna miss those kittens.