I’m a big fan of making to-do lists. Not only do they help me keep track of things but when I have a visual representation of what I need to get done it makes me stress less. A month ago my to-do list for publishing A Shift in Shadows this fall consisted of:
- Get basic website setup
- Work with designer on cover
- Work with marketing person on stuff (this is where it all went wrong)
- Finish editing (HAHAHA editing is never done. Seriously someone needs to take this book away from me.
- Send manuscript to beta readers (see above on me never being done with editing)
What I failed to take into account was all the subtasks that would be created for marketing purposes. There are so many options for submitting a book to get reviews. SO. MANY. I’m doing a lot of research to figure out which ones are the best fit for me which takes a lot of time. I’m also still nailing down all the details for self publishing through Draft2Digital and Amazon. Not to mention direct-to-print options and audio books. I still have my original to-do list up on the whiteboard next to my desk and I feel like it’s mocking me. Stupid smug whiteboard.