April. Eep. What the bleedin’ . . .
Where is this year going? So fast!
Right. Guess I’d better put this together then.
Actions Last Week
~Complete the rest of the Kindle Edits for ‘Second Base’ on the original Scrivener file
Done. At LAST! I added a (much needed) chapter near the end where Dan resolved some of his issues – can’t believe I missed that out! – and got it sent to a beta reader yesterday morning. Phew!
~Secure one more beta reader
Fail. -_- People are so busy. It’s wonderful to know that people have got their own projects going on but I’m going to need to broaden the net on this one.
~Stop leaping on the postman every time he arrives asking about the proof for Meeting Each Other: The Full Story.
Success! And after all that I missed him anyway. The book arrived on Saturday while I was out with the Phoenix Writers. It ended up at the sorting office (UGH!) and had to be collected (DOUBLE UGH!) but now I have it and it’s beeeeeeeeeauuuuitful! Pictures to follow.
March 2015 Round Up
Could be hella lot worse. Look at this:
~Finalise physical paperback version of ‘Meeting Each Other’ and get it on sale
I have the proof. It’s fine. I can hit ‘go.’ There’s just one small detail I need to decide on. If I decide I don’t like it I’ll need to amend the file and get a new proof. If I don’t mind, the book could be available to buy tomorrow. Choices, choices.
~Get ‘Slippers & Chains: Second Base’ out to beta readers by middle of the month (Mar 19)
Yesterday. Sooo . . . April 1. Not terrible. Not great, but not terrible. And it isn’t the end of the world. BP haven’t given me a deadline so this is all self set. I can send the piece to my editor when I feel it’s ready, she won’t rush me.
Change That Shit Up!
So where does that leave me now for the rest of year? Well, kinda like this. Completed tasks struck out, changes in red text, additions in green text.
- Have paperback version of ‘Meeting Each Other’ series complete and for sale by end of April
- Edit ‘Slippers & Chains: Second Base’ in its entirety and send to Breathless Press by May 11.
- Draft ‘Slippers & Chains Three’ (and give it a damn title!) by November 2015
- Begin editing ‘Slippers & Chains Three’ (at least as far as a Kindle Read) by December 2015.
- Switch to a more manageable newsletter schedule of quarterly postings with bonuses for new releases when the current ‘New Pet’ story is done.
Targets for April 2015
I have no idea what I need to do next. I guess the focus this month needs to be on getting my newsletter in good nick and ensuring my ‘Meeting Each Other’ paperback is good to release. *consults the diary* Right.
Well according to the holy notes of ‘THIS IS MY MAAAAAAAAASTER PLAAAAAAN!’ April is supposed to be a bit of a month off for me. ‘Second Base’ is with beta readers and Ileandra has full control of DSB to continue drafting ‘On A Knife Point.’
- Get paperback version of ‘Meeting Each Other; The Full Story’ available for sale on Amazon and CreateSpace
- Send out this month’s newsletter
- Devise a sensible, non-spammy marketing campaign that is fun and sustainable
Yes, I realise I said month off, but I can’t stop working completely. I’d go mad.
Activities For This Week
- Make a decision on the potential cosmetic changes in the ‘MEO:TFS’ paperback
- Complete a full read through of the ‘MEO:TFS’ proof and annotate.
- Upload those changes to document and order fresh proof
That last target for the month is important. Obviously I’m not in this writing gig just for the money (because I’d be sorely disappointed!) but I want to sell some books. Which means people need to know I’m here. This blog is all well and good, but I need something to put my in the paths of more readers. Particularly readers of erotica and romance, since that’s what I do here.
Finding a fun way to do that is key. Something sustainable so I don’t do it for a week and then give it up because it breaks my brain, or because I can’t see results. I need something simple that I can do a little of every day to put me on the radar of those who might like what I have to say.
But first… let’s get this paperback done. Oh, and I promised you a picture, right?