I’ve been a planner since way back. I didn’t need to take the Myers-Briggs to know that I have a strong preference towards data-based decisions and am very time-oriented. I experience a high level of stress when I leave the house without my watch on. I am constantly thinking about how to best utilize my time and maintaining an efficient schedule.
- Timeline: I decided to bring Edge of Shadows “>Edge of Shadows still hasn’t been accepted into Smashwords Premium Catalog which is a requirement to get it distributed to B&N, Sony, and Kobo among others. And once it’s accepted, it can take up to another week to before it’s submitted as Smashwords only distributes to those outlets once a week. I definitely need to take this into consideration before I publish my next novel.
- Gathering the Troops: By far the biggest complaints I’ve seen on the self-publishing front from readers are either a) lack of editing or b) poor cover design. I knew I was going to have to invest some cash and hire these out. So I had to make some decisions fast. Outcome: I posted for an editor on eLance the day I made the decision to publish, and selected my editor, Christine LaPorte from the 40+ bids that came in. I found Scarlett Rugers through the Nano site and she was running a scary good promotion on cover design that I snapped up. Both delivered on time with no problem.
- Sounding the Horn: Book promotion is supposed to start well ahead of the actual live date of the book. I had this site up and running, but it wasn’t current. I had a Facebook page set-up, but I didn’t even have 25 fans yet to be able to customize my URL. I had let my Twitter handle languish in favor of my other one given my most recent area of interest. I knew this was by far the area that needed the most work. Outcome: I’ve been spending a lot of time here, and will continue to do so to grow my fan base. This is mission critical, so there’s no other way. What I need to do though is be very careful not to let my book promotion take away from my writing time.