Just Five Things – How authors can work smarter, not harder

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5Just Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

1.  Track your word count and then calculate the average hourly rate. Knowing how long it takes you to write a book will allow you to create realistic deadlines.

2.  Batch similar tasks such as posting on social media or responding to emails, etc.

3.  Identify tasks that can be accomplished in short bursts of time or while away from your desk, such as editing pages, making phone calls, etc.

4. Disconnect from the internet to eliminate interruptions and the temptation to constantly check your email/social media. This makes it easier to focus 100 percent of your attention on the task at hand.

5.  Use a timer to keep you on schedule. Another focus enhancement strategy so you aren’t clock-watching or stressing about missing an appointment.

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.

JUST FIVE THINGS: Five simple actions to enhance your publishing career

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five-706893_960_720My family often complains that I’m always working. I’ll be the first to admit that it is true. As a full-time author assistant and published author, there is always, always, always one more thing I can be doing for the benefit of my or my clients’ publishing careers. One more promotional platform to schedule. One more marketing strategy to try. One more blogger to reach out to. One more reader to connect with. One more chapter to write.

Managing a publishing career, especially for indie-pubbed authors, can be overwhelming. New and established authors struggle with how best to manage time, money and energy. Sometimes it is so overwhelming that it can be hard to figure out where to start.

I’m a huge fan of practical tips and strategies so I thought maybe I could help solve this dilemma. Thus, the launch of Just Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

Here’s the list for the week of March 21-25.

  1. Monday morning (or Sunday evening) take five minutes to look over your schedule for the next two weeks. Make a note of deadlines and appointments. Is there anything that requires special prep or handling, such as finding someone to take your daughter to soccer practice or asking your husband to take care of dinner on Thursday so you can participate in a Facebook party.
  2. Buy a kitchen timer or locate the timer function on your cell phone. Use the timer to stay on task.
  3. Put everything you do on a daily basis on your schedule. This includes checking Facebook, responding to emails, lunch, prepping items to ship out, etc. Then allot a set amount of time per task. It is easier to manage time if you know how you are spending your time.
  4. Stand and stretch every 60 minutes (set your timer as a reminder).
  5. Hang or display a large calendar where you can easily see it. This makes for easy reference instead of pulling up your Google calendar or flipping through your Day Planner.

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.