Lately I’ve been working more on the behind the scenes of my businesses and started with organization and time management, which lead to lists of what I still need to do and have been putting off for the last few months to a year. It’s made life a little hectic because my natural tendency is to start working on them all, getting over stressed and fizzling out. Add that my reevaluation of business goals brought out some surprising consequences and I’m ready to crawl back into my writing cave to write, too bad that’s one of the problems.
I intended to keep blogging
If the road to failure is paved with good intentions, then I’m royally failing at my intentions to blog. I created a plan that I thought I could follow that includes Working Notes (Updates), Reader Mail (all those questions people have asked over the year), and The Designer Files (case studies of my book cover designs). I haven’t had the chance to do anything due to my obsessive need to organize my life and business, excessive to-do lists, need to evaluate old goals and make new ones (because the idea of working at an outdated goal and wasting time makes me uneasy) while still running a business. Not as easy as it seems.
Release of The Stagecoach Bride
The deadline for having The Stagecoach Bride out will be pushed back by a week, possible two. Ruth has finished her part of the editing and is doing the formatting before she sends it my way. I want to do one last read through before I upload it. It takes some time to trickle through the system so I’ll let you know when I have it out.
Writing Death’s Lover
My goals to write about 2,000 words a day on this isn’t working out as well as I would like, so I’m pushing it down to 500. Sadly this has nothing to do with the storyline or something in the story not working out properly. It’s more my internal waffling over what I want to write and get out of my writing. It’s a bitch when you let the doubts and wants of others to mask your own and then have to go through, strip it all out and reevaluate everything.
Working on The Book Shop
The Book Shop is still only half-finished and since it is one of those things that needs focus (at least for me), I’m going to have to take a week off for each book. I want to reread (so I can fix typos and take notes), reformat and create zip files, set up the book pages, and uploading to my website. I want to have this done before December but I’ll be happy if I have it done before January.
Book Cover Design Welcome Packet
Since I’ve been doing more cover designs, I decided it was time for a welcome packet for new clients and returning clients and have started to plan this out and work on it a little at a time. This packet is a PDF file that has services and pricing, terms of service, faq, and a small portfolio. This saves clients time coming to my website or emailing me to ask questions and me time answering those questions.
I haven’t forgotten about the Business Management Binder
And I’m still working through it. I have a good 50 pages and need to do some tweaking. Then I’ll print it out and make a list of what I still need for it. It’s something that I have on the back burner to do, since the stuff above is a little more urgent.
Damn! Kids are coming home and I have to pull dinner out of the oven. I better go. 😀