Writing and Business Goals for August 2017

Aug 2017 Goals

Happy Friday to all! It has been such a busy, yet exciting month. I published my first book, Have Spirit Will Travel, and the final prep and proofreading was both time consuming and stressful because I wanted everything to be, (oh I can see my sister cringing as she reads this sentence), perfect. I finally got over my neurotic self and remembered that perfection is an illusion. I’d done the best I could, and it was enough. And since I can’t overlook an opportunity for self promotion, you can find links to purchase my book by going to my “Home” page above. ūüėČ

So in the month of July I managed to complete all 8 goals. (Cue the applause!) Type A much?

July Goals:

  1. Work on book two of the Skyler Sullivan series РDone. Synopsis brainstormed with my sister and tons of notes taken 
  2. Review comments from last beta reader –¬†Done
  3. Research MailChimp –¬†Done. Now I need to learn how to use it ¬†¬†
  4. Follow 8 like-minded blogs (I don‚Äôt know why I chose 8, but it feels right, and I am all about instinct) –¬†Done
  5. Complete my author page on Goodreads РDone
  6. Research and plan a book launch – Done
  7. Read Let‚Äôs Get Visible ‚ÄstHow to Get Noticed and Sell More Books,¬†by David Gaughran¬†– Done. Awesome read full of practical and needed information. A solid 5 star. In addition to this, I read,¬†Successful Self-Publishing: How to self-publish and market your book in ebook and print, by Joanna Penn,¬†which is definitely another solid 5 star read.
  8. Publish Have Spirit Will Travel.  What???  I know. It is exciting. РDone

I will be taking a week or so off from the business of writing, so I’ll have fewer goals in August.

August Goals:

  1. Draft a Skyler Sullivan short story
  2. Update and organize my Skyler Sullivan mythology notes
  3. Write the first two chapters of Book Two
  4. Set up Author’s Page on Amazon
  5. Read Six Figure Author: Using Data to Sell Books by Chris Fox
  6. Read 2,000 to 10,000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron

Wishing you a wonderful August.

Signature.1

Writing and Business Goals for July 2017

July 2017 Writing and Business Goals

I can’t believe how quickly June has passed! I completed 7.5 out of 9 goals. (I’ll explain the .5 below) So yay!

June Goals:

  1. Send beta readers manuscript and review their comments –¬†1/2 Completed. I sent my manuscript to the beta readers, but haven’t yet received conclusions from 1 reader. ¬†¬†
  2. List book categories and keywords for publishing because I am so freaking close I can hardly contain myself – Done
  3. Research ebook pricing – Done
  4. Get website/blog live by the end of this month РDone
  5. Introduce Have Spirit Will Travel on Facebook РDone
  6. Create an analytics spreadsheet –¬†Done. For¬†both #’s 6 and 7, I realized it is far more efficient to use Later.com to view analytics for Instagram, and I can view Pinterest analytics on Pinterest. The important thing is to schedule regular time to review these sites
  7. Spend time analyzing the analytics on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook – Done. See above
  8. Link all social media – Done
  9. Work on book two of the Skyler Sullivan series РNot done, unless you count story planning and writing in my mind. While I do believe there is great value in germinating ideas, it still has to get out on paper or the screen

Other than not completing # 9, and the fact that I truly miss my creative sprees, I’m moving it as my first plan of action. Hang on Skyler! Mama’s coming!

July Goals:

  1. Work on book two of the Skyler Sullivan series
  2. Review comments from last beta reader
  3. Research MailChimp
  4. Follow 8 like-minded blogs (I don’t know why I chose 8, but it feels right, and I am all about instinct)
  5. Complete my author page on Goodreads
  6. Research and plan a book launch
  7. Read Let’s Get Visible – How to Get Noticed and Sell More Books by David Gaughran
  8. Publish Have Spirit Will Travel.  What???  I know. It is exciting.

Wish me luck!

Signature.1

 

 

 

 

Writing and Business Goals for June 2017

June Goals Post

I’m happy to say that May was¬†a very productive¬†month for me. I accomplished 7 out of 9 goals, and can hardly get over my bad ass self. ¬†(high five)

May goals:

  1. Set up an account with Google+ Done 
  2. Convert my personal Pinterest account into a business account Done
  3. Go through existing boards and rename, remove, or add to, if applicable Done
  4. Create an editorial calendar Done
  5. Research the app Later for Instagram Done
    • In comparing Later with Buffer, I felt at this time that Buffer¬†suited me better for¬†scheduling Instagram and Facebook posts ahead of time. However, Later has an awesome Instagram analytics tool, which is free of charge, that I am using and loving¬†
  6. Research the apps Buffer, a scheduling tool, and Trello, an organizational tool Done 
    • Buffer has 6 payment options and luckily, the free version is perfect for my current needs.¬†I can set up to 10¬†Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest posts, (these are the only social media I use) for planning ahead. But¬†my favorite thing about this app, is for Instagram I am able to add¬†my photo, descriptions, and¬†hashtags all at once. When it’s ready to post, Buffer sends me a notification, I give the approval, and it automatically copies all text, so I only have to paste it. This one app has saved me a lot time.
    • Trello was not something I need at this time
  7. Send beta readers manuscript and review their comments –¬†Not done
  8. Complete the book sales description/back cover blurb –¬†Done
  9. List book categories and keywords for publishing – Not done

Since I didn’t complete # 7 and 9, I moved them to¬†my June goals.

June Goals:

  1. Send beta readers manuscript and review their comments
  2. List book categories and keywords for publishing because I am so freaking close I can hardly contain myself
  3. Research ebook pricing
  4. Get website/blog live by the end of this month
  5. Introduce Have Spirit Will Travel on Facebook
  6. Create an analytics spreadsheet
  7. Spend time assessing the analytics on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook
  8. Link all social media
  9. Work on book two of the Skyler Sullivan series

Wish me luck!

Signature.1

Writing and Business Goals for May 2017

May 17 Writing and Business Goals

According to a host of credible sites, (aka editors, publishers, and other writers) a new author, whether they choose to self publish as I am, or publish traditionally, should have their website, blog, and every form of social media established before they even type or write their first word.

Since my book, Have Spirit Will Travel, is already on it’s final edit before¬†going to¬†beta readers, and¬†I’ve just created my site,¬†I am fervently setting goals and planning strategies for blog posts (on a new blog),¬†researching social media strategies, and am in process of introducing my book on¬†Facebook,¬†I’d say¬†I’m a little late to the party.

So kicking my own ass into gear,¬†my focus for the month of June is¬†to take¬†the multiple social media and marketing articles I’ve collected¬†over the past several months,¬†digest them,¬†and¬†then implement them into tasks of organizing, strategizing, and planning¬†my time for top productivity.

Below I’ve listed three¬†bloggers who¬†graciously share this type of information.

The first is Zoe Linda, an inspirational marketing and social media strategist, who wrote an extremely informative article titled, 8 Surefire Ways to Increase Blog Traffic with Pinterest, which is chock full of valuable information.  She also offers free printables and several other helpful posts.

In her post titled, How to Create a Fantastic Social Media Plan for Writers (or anyone!), Peg Fitzpatrick¬†states, “The combination that I feel can really be a powerhouse together is Google+ and Pinterest“.¬†¬†I’ve decided to give this duo a try and see how it goes.¬†I already have a personal Pinterest account, so upgrading I will be a-going,¬†and though¬†Google+¬†is¬†new¬†to me, I am up for the challenge!

Laurie Tomlinson,¬†co-author of The¬†Writers Alley¬†wrote an awesome post called,¬†Instagram for Writers. In¬†her post¬†you’ll not only find tips, but also¬†examples of other writers¬†successfully using Instagram.

Now for my May Goals:

  1. Set up an account with Google+
  2. Convert my personal Pinterest account into a business account
  3. Go through existing boards and rename, remove, or add to, if applicable
  4. Create a weekly planning and scheduling system for all social media
  5. Create an editorial calendar
  6. Research the app Later for Instagram
  7. Research the apps Buffer, a scheduling tool, and Trello, an organizational tool
  8. Send beta readers manuscript and review their comments
  9. Complete the book sales description/back cover blurb
  10. List book categories and keywords for publishing

Wish me luck!

Signature.1