Hello all – Happy Saturday, Scriblers! And Happy New Year’s Eve. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to create a production schedule while the writing and publishing process was fresh in my mind from my recently released novel, The Peacock Tale.
I created the production schedule, forcing myself to use realistic time frames and deadlines. That part was surprisingly hard. See, I’m a planner, a major planner, but I work best under pressure. Like I-have-30-minutes-to-clean-before-people-arrive, pressure. Or the I-already-told-people-in-authority-that-the-project-is-done-and-now-I’d-better-get-my-butt-in-gear kind of pressure.
The good news is that I’ve built-in enough time to avoid cutting corners so I can do the job right. The bad news is that if I want to put my next novel out on December 11, 2012, I need to start writing the first draft February 1st. Huh. That’s 32 days away. Um…I’m not ready to start working on that novel yet. I’ve got a bunch of other things I want to work on first.
What to do, what to do? I’ve got a novella that I want to publish in the spring. And I’ve got a picture book series for kindergarteners that I’d like to finish up. And a couple of non-fiction books, a mystery for 1st graders, a romance, and oh…six or seven other books. The idea factory has been in overdrive this year while the brain has been forcing me to focus on finishing things, not just starting them.
So what is this poor writer to do? Well, I’ll have to start by pushing the launch date for The Orange Trade from 12-11-12 to sometime in the spring of 2013. That’s assuming, of course, that we make it to 12-22-12 and from there onto 2013. And, maybe this will be the kick in the pants that I need to finish some of my other projects.
But that aside, drawing up a step by step production schedule was a very helpful exercise. You can take a look at it here. Being Indie Published means that I’m in charge of everything, so it was good practice to write down all the steps. And, evidently, a good inspiration, too. 🙂
It seems that my 2012 New Year’s Resolution has revealed itself. I need to get crackin’ on finishing some projects that I have already started. I’ve got 3 non-fiction pieces that can be wrapped up in short order. I’ve got some easy readers for 1st graders in the hopper; just need some editing, there. And my kindergarten series has been outlined already. It won’t take me more than a couple of days to write and edit those books. They’ve only got about 40 sentences in ’em.
How exciting! This production schedule has just illuminated some opportunities for instant gratification – how fun! For 2012, I’m going to publish a bunch of things. Here it is. Today’s secret: My goal for 2012 is to publish 6 books!
Today’s question: What’s your goal?