ROW80: Moving Right Along

Not much to report this week. Had a good one as far as goals went, with most accomplished. The booksigning at Barnes & Noble was fun, if not very profitable (we’re having a very cold weekend here in Ohio, and attendance was not high. Even the big-name authors didn’t draw many readers).

Last week’s results:

  1. Design and print bookplates, stand-up placard, and excerpt brochures to hand out at book signing, plus signup sheet for reader newsletter
  1. Collect and write front/back matter for Time’s Fugitive – Author’s Note, Acknowledgements, etc.
  2. Investigate starting reader newsletter
  3. Write product description and determine tags for Time’s Fugitive; put together Book Info cheat sheet
  4. Review one marketing book (I have four to either read or re-read)
  5. Read last Golden Heart entry (#5 out of 5)
  6. Three interval workouts plus two short workouts
  7. Write one book review
  8. Bonus: any additional blogs

I only got in two interval workouts plus one short. I’d planned to do the last short workout today, but ended up being gone all day. Not a good excuse, just a reason. And I wasn’t feeling well earlier this week, hence why it and the interval workout didn’t get done then. But the Golden Heart judging is done, and my scores turned in to RWA – yay! I also got all of my front and back matter collected for my upcoming release, so that’s a big plus too.

For this week:

  1. Critique a chapter for a writing friend
  2. Book review
  3. Additional work requested for side job website
  4. Break down marketing task list into Yeses, Nos, and Maybes
  5. Brainstorm some articles I can write for my newsletter
  6. Review my last draft of my next book and get it ready for beta readers
  7. Three interval workouts plus two short workouts

How did you do this week? If you’re consistently not meeting all your goals, maybe you need to cut yourself some slack. Take an easy week, and jump back in next week. Or it may be that the goals you’re choosing just aren’t reasonable, given the other demands on your time. What do you think?

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  1. I plan on working on finishing the third novel in my Grandberry Falls series, Never Tell Your Dreams. This novel has been under my nose for three years and it needs to be published…TODAY!

  2. Awesome, Tonya! I know the feeling – my time travel books were hanging around a long time before indie publishing became a real opportunity. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I’m curious about what you are finding out about newsletters. As a reader, I am only subscribed to one author newsletter — Robert Crais — and that’s because he doesn’t blog, and it keeps me apprised of when a new book comes out. (But I don’t generally read the newsletter itself.)

    As for my progress: I slowed down last week, but I met my goals for this update, and I hope to come roaring back this week.

  4. Camille, I decided to start one because I keep reading that it’s a great way to stay connected with readers – and like you say, let them know when new material comes out. I’m going to use MailChimp, because it’s free for up to 2,000 subscribers, and is touted for being very easy to use. The trick will be to come up with content that’s of value to readers, that isn’t already on my blog. Thanks for your input!

  5. No goals to write about, because I have no goals right now. Yeah, weak, huh?

    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I like the new cover of Time’s Fugitive a whole bunch better than the other (not a fan of that other cover model – yet so many people use him. Ugh!).

  6. LOL Stacy, the characters do look different in the next book due to their circumstances, but it’s the same couple. I was never quite happy with the other cover, and it took awhile, but I finally figured out that was why. I also made it lighter so the text pops more. Thanks for your comments!

    And sometimes you need a little time off of goals, especially between books. Enjoy yours!

  7. I know how cold it gets in Ohio in February, so I’m sorry the signing didn’t turn out as many people as you’d hoped! At least it was fun. Hopefully you’ll repeat the experience in a less-cold month. 😀

    Good work this week!

    It’s those “consistent but unmemorable” weeks that feel the most average. We get things done, we do a little of this and that, but it doesn’t feel like we have anything huge to report. Those are my favorite kind of weeks. Before ROW, I might have just written them off. But since I started tracking my goals, it’s easy to see just how much gets done.

  8. Tracy – so true – the little, uneventful weeks do add up!

    Nicole, I already read the book for the review, so that helps! Thanks for stopping by.

    Thanks, Julie!