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!

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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!

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