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MAP OUT YOUR WRITING YEAR IN 7 EASY STEPS.
- Grab a planner. Any planner. Paper/Digital, whatever you like.
- Make a copy of the worksheet below.
- Look at the year view and cross out any days/months that you do NOT want to have a release in.
- Looking at the days/months open, pick a release month (or months if you typically release more than one title a year.
- With your release month(s) picked make a list of REALISTIC turn around times for things like:
- How long does it take me to write the first draft?
- How long does my second draft take to finish?
- How many drafts do I usually write before I send it to my editor?
- How much lead time does my cover designer need to book me?
- How fast is my designer’s final product back to me?
- How much lead time does my editor need to put me in their schedule?
- How long does my editor need to return the final?
- How much time do I need to go through the editor’s notes?
- If I use ARC readers, when do I want to give them the ARC?
- When do you typically start your book launch?
- Using the worksheet and the answers to the questions above, start with your first release MONTH and work backward. If you know you need six months to write a book, map out in each month when you will finish each draft by in order to reach that goal. Write down what month you’ll book the cover designer, editor, etc.
- Using the tasks you wrote in each MONTH, write down a DAILY plan in your planner to how you will achieve that monthly goal. (Only map out a daily plan a month in advance as you’ll find, life happens and plans will need to change. You’ll save on erasers if you only do your daily plan a month in advance.)
- *bonus step. You can also use the worksheet below to lift up what you might do on non release months. Will you do a cover reveal? A sale? A giveaway? A Newsletter builder? (see example)
If you can meet your daily goals, you’ll meet your monthly goals. If you meet your monthly goals, then, you guessed it, you’re meeting your yearly goals. Good luck!