What’s Next? …by Susan Lute
In my office are two desks. One with dual screens (very nerdy…and cool, btw) for the day job, which takes up eight to nine hours a day, Monday through Friday. I don’t work that job on the weekends. Never seem to have time to get to it, so consequently I remain just a little behind most of the time, though that’s getting better as I get accustomed to the work. The other desk is my writing desk. Yes, I have a whole room for my office. That in and of itself is very cool. And yes, I’m always behind in my writing.
Or I would have said that before yesterday and my Rose City Romance Writers meeting. Matt Buchman who writes as M.L. Buchman gave a workshop titled, Managing A Book-Managing A Career. Matt does what I do, or did until recently, working a full-time-plus, demanding job while navigating a writing career. And he gave me, especially, perspective. Thanks for that Matt.
During his presentation, he mentioned several blog sites he likes to visit. On of them is Kristine Kathryn Rusch. She has a great website. I enjoyed visiting. But in the meeting when I first heard her name, I thought, isn’t that the woman who wrote the books the tv show Bones is based on? I had to google. That would be Kathy Reichs and a great example of art imitating life. If you’d like to investigate more, there’s no question, Kathy and Temperance are both interesting women.
So, in the sometimes mysterious way knowledge is bestowed upon us, Matt talked about project management and how it relates to writing a book. At the end he talked a little about writing a business plan and what that would look like in the eyes of the project manager (namely the author). Because his was direct, to the point, I – who always have a business plan, though not necessarily up to date – started rewriting mine while at dinner with up and coming new author, Gina Fluharty. While deciding what to blog about this week, this morning I went to Matt’s website, found Kristine on his Cool Links page, had to google Kathy, followed the yellow brick road until I came to Dean Wesley Smith’s page (who it turns out I’ve previously visited a time or two), and his current post, The New World Of Publishing: Promotion.
This is the thing I’ve struggled with the last two weeks as I published The Broken Road and worked at getting the word out. How much promotion is enough? How much is too much – translate this to read, a waste of time? And how do you decide what works and what doesn’t? Where’s the best place to spend that most precious of commodities? Dean gives some sound advice.
There’s a lot to think about. I’m at the tail end of my promotion endeavors. I’m re-writing my business plan for 2013, keeping it real, simple, and to the point. And finally, it’s time to start writing again. I have two projects in mind. Bear’s Full House, the next book in my Falling For A Hero series; and Keeper Of The Dragon, the next Dragonkind novel. Okay, I have a Christmas short story to do first. When that’s finished, what’s next might be clear as mud.
What cool thing have you learned this week?
Posted on October 14, 2012, in General and tagged business plan, Dean Wesley Smith, Gina Fluharty, Kathy Reichs, knowledge, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, managing a book, managing a career, ML Buchman, promotion, Susan Lute, The Broken Road, The New Wrold Of Publihsing, What's Next? See Jane Publish. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.