Thursday, August 26, 2010

Guest Blog w/ Autumn Dawn: Staying Organized

We depart from regular programming today to welcome author Autumn Dawn. Read along for a quick look at Autumn's newest book, Careful, He Bites. And you know how we love books with bite!


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!


Autumn Dawn


Ever kissed a Drac? Careful, they bite....
Bali Itara is the daughter of a mad scientist, and daddy's favorite toy.
Domino is the man who can help her escape the madness, for his bite holds the cure. There's only one catch....

2 comments:

  1. Great post. Thanks for the insight. I always thought of myself as organized, but I'm quickly learning .. . Yeah, I'm not so much.

    Thanks for the tips! Have a great day.

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  2. Good advice. I think my getting-ready-for-the-New-Year chores will include a hard look at some handy worksheets and checklists. Thanks for sharing your process.

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