Blame it on Jack Canfield…I certainly am!
In my internet travels – down one wormhole and out another, I found myself signed up for another marketing webinar Tuesday evening.
I must say, I’m not a fan of webinars, but at least they saved the sales pitch for AFTER the tips/advice (such as they were).
I don’t think I’ll be springing forward with $497 for their seminars, but it did get me to thinking…
NYC Midnight – Once More, With Feeling
This actually occurred earlier in the day. NYC Midnight announced their Short Story Challenge for 2018 and I took advantage of the early bird price of $45.
The first round will begin January 26th.
You can find out more info about the contest here.
I participated in the contest once before and then convinced myself that “I can’t write with such arbitrary rules and time frames.” Which was bullshit and self-sabotaging, to be perfectly honest.
So I’m going to give it another go.
Project List – Less Daunting Than You Might Think
On Tuesday morning, I was mentally kicking myself over my obsessive checking of KU page reads and stats. Which was then followed by obsessive posting on Facebook book promo groups in order to continue to push my books.
This has led to a zero sum game when it comes to new writing and I went to my two cleanings for the day and mulled over the mess, trying to find a balance.
That resulted in two steps.
- Move marketing to the evenings ONLY. This is the time when my brain is shutting down and not creating new content. I’m a morning person, so evenings are great for basic non-thinking, copy and paste blurbs to a crap ton of FB promo groups.
- List out my projects, assess what they each need, estimate how long that will take, prioritize the list, and set dates for getting each project done.
What can I say, I’m a goal-oriented.
So here is what I came up with…
|Priority||Name||Current Status?||What Does It Need?||Estimated Time to Completion?||Date Uploaded & Available|
|1||Get Organized, Stay Organized||95% – In revision and edits||Import this into Scrivener?
Fix Picture Organization section
Add more images?
Finish Financial Organization section
Streamline end of book info to match all of the others
|2||The War On Drugs: An Old Wives Tale||95% – In revision and edits||Correct info on hemp and varietals
Add call to action and review of where we stand
(don’t spend a lot of time on this, it isn’t going to be a huge bestseller – fix it, publish it and move on)
|3||The Hired Gun||25% done, possibly a little more||The outline is there, I know where I’m going, I just need to write it.||1 month to write, 1 month to edit||2/15/2018|
|4||Schicksal Turnpike||80% done||Either needs to be shelved until CLR comes out, or at least two more chapters added to explain this other world.||2 weeks to write, 2 weeks to edit||3/15/2018|
|5||CLR – The Chronicles of Liv Rowan||30% done||This needs a lot of work as well. It sounds girlish, I need to tighten the prose, dial in on the outline, and add detail.||6 months to write, 1-3 months to edit||1/1/2019|
|6||Quit Your Job, Change Your Life||75% done||Not much more||2-3 weeks left of writing (if that) and a month to edit||3/15/2019|
|7||Start Your Own Housecleaning Biz||25% done?||Plenty||1 month to write, 1 month to edit||6/1/2019|
|8||Gliese 581: Zarmina’s World||Barely begun||A hell of a lot||Months – at least six, maybe more||1/1/2020|
|9||I Bought a House for $25||20% done||This needs a lot of work. For one, neither project is done. This goes on the back shelf.||Unimportant right now||6/1/2020|
|10||When God Laughs||In progress||A hell of a lot||Months, possibly years|
I obviously have plenty to keep me busy. This list is subject to change, but for now its a start.
$50 a Day is Nice, But…
If I had one takeaway from the Jack Canfield webinar, besides being unwilling to spend $497 on their proposed training class, it was that I’m setting my sights too low.
Fifty dollars a day is a low goal. And yes, I am aware that my daily income from writing is FAR below that right now, but I can’t look at that and be satisfied. So, instead, I looked at the big number – the one that keeps us not just getting by, but flourishing.
And that number is higher still. My new goal is to make $350 per day EVERY DAY on my writing.
“If I can make that,” I told my husband, “you wouldn’t have to work.”
He nodded thoughtfully.
“So, shall we go watch an episode of the Punisher on Netflix?” I went on to ask.
He shook his head. “No, honey, I really think you need to get on that earning $350 a day thing.”
One dollar at a time, folks, one dollar at a time.
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