Long time, no chat. I apologize, but I’ve been in the writer’s cave and figuring out some self-publishing stuff.
After releasing Lucky Number earlier this year, I started writing Lucky Bounce right away, but I went through the same thing that always happens to me when I try to plan my year and figure out how to manage my time: I failed at it.
OH. SO. EPICALLY.
This makes me laugh in a way, because Hannah, my heroine in Lucky Number, was a planning guru. She could organize like a whiz. Oh, how I WISHED I could be like that. Ha!
I have to have some readers who are planner girls, right? The search for planner peace is a real thing. But for me, I was searching for a WAY to plan, more so than the cute, perfect planner stuff. (Not that I don’t love me some washi tape and pens)
Seriously, I am the worst possible person to be my own boss. Becoming the CEO of my own business was seriously intimidating, and more than that, completely overwhelming.
Authors, at least self-published ones in my experience, have an awful lot to organize. We have to plot, write, self-edit, track sales, format books, find editors and cover designers, (some of us do a lot of this stuff ourselves), and manage promotion, marketing, and social media. And a ton more stuff I’m sure I’m forgetting at the moment.
Some people are awesome at staying on track with such things. Me? Yeah, no. I did not have any of those tools in my toolbox.
Because I’ve failed so much at trying to plan in the past, I became paralyzed by attempting to plan anything. Seriously, like massive anxiety attacks would follow every time I tried to schedule my year. I bought cute planners, I tried to go day-by-day. I faithfully filled them out. Nothing worked. My daily to-do list became more like a “hope I manage at least one thing on this today” list.
To paint a picture, here are all my attempts at getting my ISH together this year:
Don’t get me wrong, these are ALL perfectly awesome, great planners. I loved ALL of them. And some of them are sooo beautiful. But I just couldn’t figure out how to make them work for me, because I just didn’t know how to plan properly for my situation.
Well, I finally took an amazing three day planning/organizational bootcamp run by awesome author Sarra Cannon, and learned HOW to plan in a way that makes sense to my brain. To say it’s been life-changing is kind of an understatement. She also created a planner (with helpful worksheets breaking down the planning process) for writers called the HB90 Method Quarterly Planner that I’ve been using, and it’s awesome. It was a lot of intense work for a few days, but I now know what I’m doing every day. How much I need to accomplish to meet deadlines and accomplish my project goals.
Know what that means?
THAT MEANS BOOKS THAT DON’T TAKE ME MONTHS ON END TO WRITE.
I can hear a few of my faithful readers rejoicing along with me at that statement. It means instead of just throwing a book up on Amazon, I can actually have a real marketing plan to go along with it. It means not neglecting all of the little things.
So that makes me a very happy Jen.
Now, for Lucky Bounce related news!
If I stick to my writing schedule of 1700 words per day, Lucky Bounce will release the week of Nov 17th. However, If end up having a few days where I can push it and get way more, then it will be EARLIER. But Nov. 17th is my target delivery date.
I’ll be doing a cover reveal for Lucky Bounce on October 15th on my reader group, JENeration Cafe on Facebook, so make sure you join, okay? You don’t want to miss out.
Have a great weekend, guys!