Poll & Productivity List

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Today, I’m doing some research and would appreciate you taking a moment to fill out the poll below. You're allowed more than one answer and by all means, feel free to add a comment if you have any additional thoughts.

Here’s to the start of a productive week, during which I plan to:

Edit four (4) short stories
Edit my Work-in-Progress
Keep up with my reading
Write a review for The Readers' Suite
Write guest blog post

Speaking of which, if anybody would like to do a guest post on this blog, feel free to drop me an email at jmwordsmith at gmail dot com

So, what do you have planned for this week? Have you made out a list yet?  If you haven’t, why not?


  1. Truth is, I have a bunch of eBooks ready to read that I have never got around to reading. I'd probably have read them by now if they were in print!! Sad, but true.

  2. I do have a few that I've won in contests, but truth be told, the ones I've read are those that have an intriguing story line as well as those I've been asked to review.

  3. Interesting poll. I love reading on my Kindle, and if I wasn't completely broke right now, I'd buy tons more ebooks for it.

    You have one heck of a busy week planned. I don't make lists, but I should. Too unorganized to make a list, but a list is what would help me be organized. Catch 22, eh? I'm so behind on everyone's blogs. I'm missing out. Have a great week!

  4. I just wrote up my to do list. Thanks for the reminder! ;)

  5. Interesting poll.

    My answer was that I buy either because I know the person/editor or becuase I've seen a review/got a personal recommendation.

    My list:
    write a short story for Machine of Death
    proof a galley for a short story.
    write a blog post about On the Premises.

    That won't take me all week, must add a few more things.

  6. Lyn, I have to be careful with buying books for my Kindle. Downloading everything else from here comes at an additional $2.00 price tag. So, I have to add that to most everything I'm buying. That helps keep me in check. Listmaking works for me, especially since my memory is sooooo bad.

    No problem, Madeline. Can't remember much without my to-do list.

    Deborah, reviews and such work for me too. I try to read both positive and negative ones before shelling out.

    Hope you get through your list. Thanks for stopping in.

  7. Lets see..
    First I have to rediscover my motivation. My kids have been off of camp so it's hard to find time to focus and write.
    But really - I have to finish editing a short story, work on my WIP, and write several blog posts for the Seven Deadly Sins Blog Challenge.

    Good luck to all on getting through their To Do List!

  8. Halli, sounds like you have some stuff to get through as well. Here's hoping you get through them, kids and all. :D

  9. I still like my books the ol' fashioned way - hardcover :o)

  10. Thanks, J.L. I've finished my list on the first day. Hee, hee. I'm on a mission. I've got to get a lot of writing done before the kids break up to the summer.

  11. This week I'm catching up all my bloggy friends on some writing related events which I attended (or facilitated). I also hope to finish plotting my next story this week. :P Good luck and I hope you accomplish all you need to do and more!

  12. Deborah,

    Good on you. Still haven't got my feet wet yet in the stuff I gotta do.

  13. I'm going to finish my YA WIP. Hopefully. :P

  14. DUO,

    I too love my ink and paper books, but I gave in and bought a Kindle because where I live, it's way cheaper than buying the physical book off Amazon et al.

  15. Nutschell,

    Thanks for dropping in. Wishing you success in getting your visits and plotting covered.

    AA, here's wishing for the best.

  16. I have kindle for PC and I often download freebies. I'd love to buy books but the book budget is zero right now. Back in the day though, most of the books I bought were recommendations.

  17. Thanks for stopping in, Sarah,

    I try not to get too carried away with book buying these days.

    So many other things that are up there on the priority list.

  18. Joy, you are one of the hardest-working writers I know; you have earned and deserve all of your success.

    This week I am continuing to put together the marketing plan for my historical YA, The Underground Gift. I want to have it ready for editors and agents who ask to read the full manuscript, so they'll know I'm also serious about my writing career--both as an author and as a promoter.

    Good luck with your editing projects!


  19. Thanks, Michelle,

    Your plan sounds like a good one to me.

    It's never to early to plan how to market your work.

    Wishing you success with that.

  20. I sometimes download free e-books, although I don't think I ever got to read them. My TBR list is too long and my reading time too short. So I'm way behind. Still, I will eventually get there, and if the writer is good, I would buy sequels, same as I do if I discover a gem in the library.


  21. The ones I download are usually ebooks on marketing and those I read when I have time. I know what that long TRB list looks like and it never seems to diminish.

  22. Since I have put more time into social networking I have found that I am reading more and more books by people I follow and books that are recommended. I do also download free books if I like the sound of them. There just aren't enough hours in the day for all the books I have waiting to be read!

    I hope your week is as productive as you have decided.

  23. Rebecca, the connections definitely factor into what I'm reading these days. I'll take a chance on a writer if the storyline sounds interesting and if I think I'll enjoy the book. I'm making some progress on that list already!

  24. Regarding the poll, the reason I haven't bought a book from an author who offered a freebie was because I didn't enjoy their work. I'm a compulsive buyer - for example, when I read Baldacci's first book - I ran out and bought them all.

    So if a free download was of good work that I enjoyed, I'd follow up with a purchase.

  25. I would like to also add to your poll regarding buying books. I have bought a lot of duds in the past based on the blurb as well as on recommendations. So now I like to read the sample chapters before I buy and judge for myself.

  26. I know what you mean. I've bought a few books off Amazon based on the sample chapters. Right now I'm trying to hold off on buying another book by a writer whose work I recently discovered. Thanks for stopping in.

    Lynda, yes, being able to sample chapters has opened up a whole new world for me. Thanks for stopping in.

  27. I hope you get all you want done. I actually learned a lot from that poll. But, I just want you to know, I have looked at other books by the same author that wrote the free book. I just never bought anything. Also, I do check out the "Readers Who looked at this item bought.." section.

  28. Clarissa,

    I too have learned something from the poll.

    I'm about to get my foot wet in the self pubbing arena, but I'm learning all I can first.

    It helps to know some of this stuff going in.

    I also look at what people buy after looking at a particular product.

  29. I actually thought this morning that I need to create a schedule for what happens when at Fabulosity Reads vecause things happen less on a whim there. Is there an app. that one can insert in the pages as a calendar do you know?

  30. Not sure, but I need to check that out for myself as well. Meantime, I've just inserted some text on this blog that says when I'm posted. I've tried to avoid doing that, but it does help keep me on the path I want to say on.

  31. I think that app. would only word for my review blog as theyre seems to be a kind of pattern appearing there: Monday reviews, Tues. Reading list, Wednesdays Interviews, Thurs give aways, fridays Guest blogs or news, Sat my son's reviews. It just seems to have worked out that way but would never work for the social blog which is more dependent on inspiration.

  32. Wendy,

    I think it's really nice that you have your son posting his reviews too.

    One time, I had my son chime on my Priscilla the Great reviews.

    That made things a little different.

    Have fun with that!

  33. I had to dangle a carrot in the form of a "benjamin" so this is his part time job. he's got 7 ready thus far but after much preaching about responsibility and honour from mommy. They get so spoilt from just been given handouts (allowance).

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