Scribblersquest – Planning Is Everything

 

 

I have enjoyed this week has been relatively relaxing. As I told you last week, I have been researching doing an online book launch due to everything being closed. Well, I have been planning the launch. You would think it would be easy to plan a party. In-person I can knock it out with no problem; however, doing it online is a bit different—more details on this in Sundays Post (June 7th).

 

Have you ever made a list, then wondered how you were going to get it all done?

 

This was me this week. I made a list so I could put it on my calendar. Only to realize there wasn’t enough space in my calendar for everything. I am going to have to rethink my calendar for next year. I have to say running your own business, whether it be an Author to Construction you have to organize. Plan things out; otherwise, you would get lost in the wind tunnel of things to remember in your head.

I recommend a calendar with an area to have a checklist. I would write down on a separate sheet of paper all the things you need to get done I would do a monthly, weekly, then by day. Prioritize them before putting them into your calendar. I know a lot of people like to do it either on their phone or computer. However, I like it written down in front of me. I want to see what I have to get done, especially since I am busy on the computer all the time or my phone. I don’t want to have to switch over to my calendar to see what’s next or if it time to switch to the next project.

Time can be of the essence; as a writer, you have to break things up throughout the day so you can keep yourself on task to allow the work to flow. An example would be; take 30 minutes to do a sprint writing on your current book. Then move onto editing a chapter. Next, you write a blog, then do another sprint writing. Moving on to check emails, social media, eat lunch, and exercise. I think you get the idea. It can be nerve-racking to keep track of everything, plus add in your normal daily life things like laundry, to cook dinner, kids, and meetings or phone calls. You got it craziness.

The cool thing, which is the part I love, is placing a checkmark next to the item on my list, showing it’s completed. Also, it gives me a reference to show me everything I have done for the week. It a sense of accomplishment when I look at the list of things I have done. Yeah, it puts a smile on my face.

 

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Exercise

 

I have started this week to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. One thing about us writers is we sit so much we sometimes forget to consider our health. I have to say. After some of my exercises, I was able to come up with some great idea that allowed the words to follow, as I wrote.

So, the next time you get writer’s block, go out for a good long walk. Take a friend to talk to or listen to music, leave the writing at home. You might be amazed at how easy things come to you after you’ve cleared your mind.

 

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Writing

 

As for my writing this week, I worked on the back blur for Dragon Squad Book Two of The Elite Series; plus, the tagline. Yes, this means I will be getting the book cover done soon.

I will let you know at a later date when the book cover will be revealed. Anyone that has signed up for my newsletter will get to see the reveal a week earlier than everyone else as a thank you for being a loyal fan.

 

Blog Recommendations

 

I only have one for you this week. I want to focus on blogging. As a writer, you have to find a way to drive traffic to your website or newsletter to get your fans to follow you.

I have chosen to write a blog with a newsletter, which of course, you know for you are now reading it, and thank you for doing so.

This week I checked out the following:

           Chasing Foxes – Grace has some great ideas to help you with your blogs, from content, planning, freebies, and Pinterest templates. To help you build your audience, to have a fantastic blogging platform.

Don’t miss out, cool things to come to include sneak peeks of covers reveals, giveaways, and much more. Join the adventure by clicking below:

Scribblersquest – Chat and Spin Radio

Well, this week has been a busy one for me. However, it has been most enjoyable. My husband started a new job. Yay! We are now getting used to a new schedule. Plus, I have my granddaughter full time; I am incorporating her into my daily schedule to allow time for her but still get my work done.

Radio Interview

I don’t know if you saw the post, for it was an extremely short notice about the interview scheduled on Monday, May 25th; if you heard it, thank you for tuning in. They emailed me the recording the next day. I listened to the whole program from that night. I have to say I will be listening more they play some awesome music, which I enjoyed listening to, I am now a big fan. I put my headset on and dance around the house as I get my daily chores done.

It was great being on the air with Ron at Chat and Spin Radio. If you have never heard of Chat and Spin, they are an internet radio station that serves the United Kingdom and internationally 24/7. Feel free to check them out. 

I have to say I was nervous. Of course, my dog Rosco never barks. I get on air with Ron, and he barks continuously. As soon as the interview is over with he stops barking, go figure. He’s like a kid when you get on the phone they pick that moment to get loud or get into a fight. It’s like they know you busy with something else.

Challenges

As a new author, it’s hard to get the word out for all in the world to know, “Hey, my book is for sale. ”Most people be like, “Who are you, and why should I buy your book?”

I have been researching how to go about getting the word out and get people to become fans. I have found some great things which I will be implementing. I look forward to the fun I will be enjoying with my fans who have joined my adventure. So don’t miss out.

I have learned about #bookstagram on Instagram, which I will be using in the future with all my writing posts.

Should anyone know of another site, please leave it in the comments to help your fellow writer.

Current Work    

Well, this week, I have made some changes to my website KarenCarnahan.com; please feel free to check out the new changes.

I made it easier to access your favorite store. I also put out information about Book Two and Book Three.

I also set up a contact me page. If there is something you would like me to address within my blog or if you are seeking an answer to a specific question. Please send me a message via my contact page.

I am still working on editing Dragon Squad – Book Two in The Elite Series.

I’ve started to rewrite Dragon Mage – Book Three in The Elite Series. In case you missed last week’s blog, my file vanished from my OneDrive, ☹ it was horrible all six chapters gone.

I have come up with another idea for another Series, more on that once I decided for a fact if it’s something I will take on at this time. I might wait until I have finished with The Elite Series.

Blog Recommendations

 I checked these Blogs out this week, great advice on planning a book launch. This has been great advice, though it will be hard to implement some of it since a lot of places are still closed due to the Coronavirus.

How To Throw The Best Online Party Ever by Barnes and Noble. I was researching since the book store that was near me has closed. I am looking into doing a virtual launch for my book due to come out on July 7th. Also, I believe it will be more in my budget at this time considering the hit we took with the Coronavirus.

How To Throw A Book Launch Party by Book Cave. I have to say, after reading this blog, yeah, an online book launch might be useful, but I have to wonder if an in-person one wouldn’t be better. Especially if you can get the local media involved. Something to think about, I will have to get this some serious thought plus discuss this with my husband. Maybe I can do both?

How To Throw A Book Launch Party That Isn’t A Waste Of Time by Chris Robley. Ok, this makes me want to run I can feel the nerves building already. However, it has excellent advice to set up an in-person book launch. The question is we move so much do we know enough people in this area to do one at a venue?

Well, with this information, I tried to look up a venue to have my book launch. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, everything is still closed. It looks as if I will be scheduling an online book launch.

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Scribblersquest – Memorial Day Weekend

Well, another week has come to an end. I don’t know about you, but the days seem to be flying by with my family being at home—Binge-watching Black Lightning on Netflix. Yeah, we are now on season three. Texas is working on phase III of reopening; however, my husband’s work is still down. Hopefully, they will be back in swing come the end of this month. Then my work schedule will get back on track.

In Writing

Scheduling/Calendar

One of the most important things I have learned with my writing is to make a schedule. I get so wrapped up with editing or writing I forget to do other things like eat or to clean the house. A schedule is in order; I set up a blocked timeframe during the day. You will want to make sure that you remember to schedule a time for exercise, even if it is to go for a walk. You may think you don’t have time, but you can dictate your writing into your phone using MS Word or Google Docs while you walk. Yes, it will make for a bit more editing on the back end, but it will allow you to conquer two things at once.

I suggest you make a schedule. I have watched Sarra Cannon at Heartbreathing, on YouTube, she has journals for everything. Personally, I don’t know how she keeps up with them.

I am a one calendar type of gal. I will use different ink to make it easier to see the different things I have scheduled throughout the day. I will even change it up, so I’m not doing the same thing daily. I don’t want to get into a rut. I like being in charge of my schedule; that was one thing I hated when I had to work a 9 to 5 job. It was up to someone else as to what I would be doing during the day.

When I start my scheduling on my calendar, I start with my bills, I put them in red, so I know they need to be a priority. Next are birthdays and holidays, which are done in pink and highlighted with a small picture. Then I make any appointments I will do in blue. Any income which is due to coming in, I like to keep track of this, which I put in green. Then I schedule a blog post which is in gold. Any editing or writing to be done will be in purple. Dinner is in light blue, which I will schedule out a week at a time, this cuts down on time for I take the meat that I will be using for the week put in the refrigerator, which means its thawed when I pull it out to cook. I don’t have to worry about forgetting to pull out first thing in the morning or it not being thawed enough to cook come dinner time.

If you are looking for another way to set up a calendar, I recommend checking out Sarra either on Youtube(Heartbeathing) or on her website www.heartbreathing.com. She has an in-depth video on schedule for her calendar.

Indie Author

As an Indie Author, we have to wear many hats. At times it can be overwhelming. Authors who go through a traditional publisher have a team of people to help them. We get to do it all on our own, which means a lot of research to learn the ends and outs of what you need to do to get your book ready.

Once your book is ready to be sold, the next task is Marketing, which has been a challenge for me. I recommend to all set aside a sizable budget for Marketing. It seems everything that can help sell your book costs. Plus, you have to remember the rule of selling, which is your customers need to see your product at least seven times before they’ll buy it.

If you are on a tight budget, you can do a lot of posting adding different hashtags to get it in front of other people besides your friends that are on your newsfeed page. You will want to post to more than one platform to see which one gets the most activity. I post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Linkedin.

Current Work

Well, this week I have worked roughly half the week. I set out to edit the first half of Dragon Squad – Book Two in The Elite Series.

You know it sucks when you start a writing project, then you go back to continue to work on that project; it is no longer there. Yes, I save my work to my cloud drive, but somehow I still lost the first six chapters of Dragon Mage – Book Three in The Elite Series. The good thing is I pretty much remember what I had written, so it’s just a matter of retyping the contents. This time I will ensure I have saved it with a backup. I won’t make the same mistake of losing it again. I guess at some point in a writer’s career, we all go through issues like this one.

I’m not too upset. I was going to rewrite the beginning of this book anyways. It makes it easier for now; I won’t get caught up with what I had already written the first time.

Blog Recommendations

I checked these Blogs out this week, they both have great advice:
20 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started a Blog by The Blonde Abroad. This article is great if you want to start a blog or you already have, just want some direction. She even offers a Blogging Master Class.

Lifesfinewhine by Pooja covers Lifestyle, Food, Travel, Beauty, Mental Health, and Blogging Advice with all this information you can’t go wrong.

Memorial Day Celebration

Memorial Day is Monday. As you barbecue, spend time with your family and friends take a special moment to remember all those who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Yeah made this world a better place in which we live today.

Did you know that Memorial Day used to be Declaration Day the first year it was observed on the last Monday in May 1868, to May 1970? In 1971, it became a federal holiday of the United States renamed to Memorial Day.
Please fly your flag proud for all who served; they gave the ultimate sacrifice to the land they loved for the freedom they cherish. So others may have a better future.

One more thing, don’t complain too much about all the war movies that will be on all day long on this day. It is a reminder to all of what the servicemen and women when through while serving.

 

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