I’m a big believer in being organized. So far I’ve published over a dozen books, both in print and ebook format. To keep track of them all, I have a couple of spreadsheets. One is called “Contracts and Market Ready” and the other is simply “What’s Where”. The first tracks books by title, publisher, when my contract began/expires (less important with New York than small press. You’ll be lucky to ever get rights back from NY.) I also note the page count. Works in progress are also tracked here.
The second tracks where I’ve submitted a manuscript, to whom, when, and what the answer (assuming they bothered to answer) was. I’d be totally confused if I didn’t keep this info at my fingertips. Presently, it’s helping me to track my backlist as I publish it to Smashwords.
I also keep a list of steps I need to do once a book is released. It includes updating my site and blog, sending out an email to my fans and possibly sending it to reviewers.
No matter what kind of writing you do, these steps can keep you on the right track. Writing might be an art, but it’s also a business. Don’t neglect the paperwork!
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