Welcome, September! Happy Labor Day to those who celebrate, and happy Monday to those who don’t. It’s the first Monday of the month, so it’s time for some accountability all up in here! As a reminder, first I’ll go over what I planned to do in August and report on how close or far I was from each goal.
1) Write the short story prequel for the Harrow’s Finest Five series. Well, I’ve thought about it quite a bit. Does that count? Can I get a half credit, or maybe a quarter, or…OK, this one’s going to have to show up in September.
2) Finalize the covers for the novella and novel 1. This one is in the designer’s hands. The hard parts on my end are done, so hopefully I’ll be approving (and sharing the novella cover, at least) very soon.
3) Deal with revisions per the editing letters for the novella and novel 1. Done. But the novel 1 second editing pass isn’t on my editor’s schedule until October, so until I send it to her, I reserve the right to pick and peck and tweak the story.
4) Continue writing 20+ pages per week on novel 2. Done, and I’m at the halfway point in this story. Yay!
5) Write the copy for my first Nancy Yeager, Author newsletter. This has gone the way of goal #1, and therefore also gets punted to September. But in my defense, I did have to celebrate my birthday, and we did rescue an adorable 5-month old kitten from a tree, and have had to do all the responsible pet-owner things to add him to our household. It’s definitely (as yet unnamed) kitty’s fault I didn’t write my newsletter copy.
This is the time when I’d typically lay out four or five goals for this next month, but I’m not going to do that today. September is going to be a strange and busy month for me – I’ll tell you all about it when I come out the other side into October – so it won’t be business or scheduling as usual in my world. This month, I give you two goals (although the first one involves multiple steps/subgoals, so make of that what you will).
September Goals (which are not at all ridiculous like my August goals were)
1) Finish all the things so I can offer and promote a newsletter no later than Oct 1. This will include finishing and getting reader input on a prequel short story, putting together all the first chapters from books .5, 1, and 2 of the HFF series into a book format with the short story, sending it through a proofreader, attaching the cover I’ve created, and then marketing it in all the places. So just one goal, right? RIGHT?
2) Hand over the next 60 pages of HFF novel 2 (titled Two Scandals Are Better Than One, have I mentioned that?) to my coach. That’s 20 pages per week, with one week off because she’ll be on vacation.
Ta-da! That was quick and painless to plan, although it’s not going to be quite as easy to execute. Now it’s your turn, if you’re so inclined. Anyone want to share? Remember, as I told you last week, the sun is transiting Virgo, so it’s the perfect time to tie up all sorts of loose ends. Or maybe it’s just that it tends to get a little cooler in the Northern Hemisphere as we get closer to autumn. Either way, tell us how you plan to spend the September.
Good job numbers 2, 3 and 4! Love the title of the second novella!
Based on my own experience, if you actually make yourself sit down and draft your newsletter, it’s a lot easier than you think it’s going to be. I put it off for months, but when I finally made it a priority, it only took about an hour.
I’m skipping my accountability post tomorrow in favor of reporting back on my debut release day, so this is probably a good place to think about goals for September:
1) Participate vigorously in the blog tour Barclay Publicity set up for The Demon Always Wins. The last I heard, it includes 50+ stops, so I’m expecting it to take some of my time. Also, promote the Rafflecopter giveaway I’m doing to promote the book.
2) Review, in detail, the feedback I got from my critique partners on book 2, The Demon’s in the Details. They had some good, high level suggestions when we met last week, but I know their copies are also brimming with little stuff.
3) Add 50 pages to book 3, The Demon Wore Stilettos. This is far less than you’ve challenged yourself to do, but I know the first two are going to eat up some time and I want my goals to be realistic. (Also, specific, measurable, achievable and time-bound.)
Wow, I can’t wait to hear more about that blog tour (and how you survive it!). And I really like your SMART goals! You can take the girls out of corporate America, but… ;-).
I was going to be sensible and set some goals and everything . . . but oh, the kitty! What big ears! What a long tail! Such a cutie!
OK, my goal for September is to write two ghost stories. Re-tellings count. In my current universes, or not. Since September is nearly half over, I better get cracking on story number one!