I can’t believe it’s September already! This year seems to really be flying by. I have made a new set of goals for the new month, but before I get to those, I will catch you up on how I did with my August goals.
Out of five goals I set for August, I checked four off the list. Not bad! I started the first round of edits for my WIP, and I made decent progress. I’m glad I didn’t think that I could actually finish those edits in August – I would have failed epically. I did schedule two book promotions for A Sky Full Of Stars, which for some reason, I was dreading. But once I sat down to get it done, it wasn’t that bad. It’s scary how often that is the case! I printed off calendars from the internet for September through December. I made notes (in pencil!) on those print offs of possible book marketing strategies for The 12 Dates Of Christmas, my current WIP, and next book. Book marketing, to me, is an abyss of wretchedness and despair. I have very little idea of what I’m doing or should be doing when it comes to book marketing, and frankly, trying to figure it out makes me want to slap my momma across the face. But I won’t! Don’t worry. Anyhoo, I made some simple notes and some tentative deadlines, like the cover reveal date, presale date, and some easy things I can do to (hopefully) get the word out about my book. Finally, I put together my August author newsletter, which took more time than I had anticipated, but it was a long one!
What I didn’t accomplish in August was writing and publishing the final short story for A Sky Full Of Stars. Instead, I revamped that idea and moved it to the list of September goals. So, I hereby declare these to be my writerly goals for this month:
- Finish The Final Short Story For A Sky Full Of Stars & Compile A New Ebook
I started the short story in August but didn’t finish it. My original plan was to publish the short story on its own on Amazon, then sometime later compile a new ebook of A Sky Full Of Stars that includes the two previous short stories, plus at least one flash fiction piece. Sometime in August, I decided that was silly, and that it makes more sense to just publish the newest story and the new ebook together at the same time. My self-imposed deadline is September 24.
- Complete The First Round Of Edits For The 12 Dates Of Christmas
In August I started on these edits, and I need to finish them in September. I have to get the manuscript to beta readers in October, so this goal is of utmost importance! I used beta readers with my first book, so I feel like I know more about what I’m doing where that is concerned. I know in my mind that I need to have my manuscript as polished as possible, but I know that it doesn’t have to be perfect. I’m not sure than any manuscript anywhere is ever perfect! But what I mean is that I will get some valuable feedback from the beta readers and some things will need to be changed based on that feedback. Knowing that changes are inevitable helps to take some of the pressure off!
- Begin Book Marketing For The 12 Dates Of Christmas
Even though book marketing has so far been an abyss of wretchedness and despair, the simple fact is that it must be done. So, this month, I’m going to test out the waters and implement some of the simple strategies that I mentioned earlier. I’m hoping that by starting early, I will build some buzz around the book’s release. That’s the main thing I’d like to accomplish, but also I hope to gain more knowledge and insight into book marketing itself!
- Redo My Writing Space
Now, this is a fun one! Revamping my writing space isn’t necessary by any means, and honestly, I blame my husband for putting the idea in my head. For a reason which escapes me now, one day not too long ago, he opened my desk drawer, and the desk wobbled. He wobbled the desk a couple more times just to make sure it actually was wobbly, then he turned to me and said, “You should get a new desk.” Needless to say, he didn’t have to tell me twice! And if a new desk was in order, well then, it stood to reason that other new things would be too. Right? Okay, maybe that’s just how my female brain works, but I ran with it.
I told my husband if I were to get a new desk, I may as well make other changes to my writing space too. My husband is well-versed in how my female brain works, so he didn’t put up a fight. I do love that man!
I immediately logged into Pinterest and got to work. So, by the end of September, my writing space will have a new look!
I have a lot of work to do this month, but I also have a little bit of fun in store!