I didn’t get much done this past week on the self-publishing project. I still need to run a final edit on that first story I want to offer for free on Smashwords and I also did a couple of covers. I’m taking your ideas and combining them into one cover. Still working on that.
I did get my usual reading done. There are a few people I
stalk follow, who have posted interesting articles on self-publishing that are worth sharing. See posts by award winning author Dee Savoy, and innovative thinker and writer Camy Tang. I also checked out Beth Elisa Harris’ post on writers supporting each other, instead of doing the opposite and thought it interesting brain food.
On the organizational front I'm thinking that for someone who swears by lists, I do a poor job of it, to my detriment. I’ve been feeling a little stressed because I’ve made commitments, know they’re creeping up, but haven’t done anything in this direction. So, yesterday I combed Gmail for all the relevant correspondence, printed them out, and did a sheet in Excel to capture the following:
- Interviews/blog posts I’ve agreed to make for the next few months
- Pending interview/posting arrangements
- Questions I need to prepare for guests who will be doing interviews/giveaway on my blog/s.
- Book reviews I’ve agreed to do & scheduling time to download books received.
- Requests I want to make of my publisher.
- Most importantly I listed the ‘complete by’ and ‘actual delivery date’.
I can’t begin to tell you how much better I feel about the fact that I have pinned down my target dates and know exactly what I need to accomplish. I’m also reminding myself that I'm aiming to have Hardware back with the publisher by Monday of next week.
Finally, I’m giving away a copy of the book below at The Readers’ Suite. Feel free to follow over there and enter the competition. I enjoy Japanese culture and fast-paced stories, so I read this guy. He's good.
What are you up to? Any thoughts on anything I’ve rambled about today?