Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Finding a Schedule That Works

One of my CP's is going to laugh at me for writing this, but, I'm not a planner. Like not at all. I don't even plan things a day in advance, let alone months. So you can imagine what gearing up for a book release has been like for this non-planner. It's not the sort of thing you can do at the last moment. There's no, "Oh, my book comes out next week. Guess I'll do a couple of things." No, this is a months-long process.

And since I'm not much of a planner, my agent suggested I keep a calendar to keep track of my various social networking and platform building activities leading up to December and my release. So far, the calendar has been great! It's allowed me to see the days/weeks/months right there in black and white and since I'm a very visual person, I can schedule my activities in a way that works for me. I've decided to blog twice a week. I've admitted time and again that blogging isn't my strongest social networking medium. So, I'll blog once a week here, and once at week over at Magic and Mayhem. I'm going to post five days a week on my Facebook page. I LOVE Facebook. The posts can be as short as a sentence or as long as a small paragraph. And I get to interact with primarily readers, which can be really enlightening. I'll pop in and out on Twitter once or twice a day, but I have to admit, being witty in 140 characters or less is really HARD! ;) And I'll be giving away ARC's and jewelry and other goodies on all three social networking sites from August until the SHAEDES OF GRAY release on December 6th.

I have to say, it feels good to have a plan in place and a schedule to go by. How about you guys? Are you the plan-it-out, scheduling sort? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants?


Matthew MacNish said...

I don't know if I could ever manage that. I'm way too lazy and disorganized. It's sounds like you've got a handle on it, though!

Jennifer Hillier said...

I like Facebook too! And I'm getting much better at Twitter (the first year after I joined I just couldn't seem to think of anything to say). I don't really have a blogging schedule but I usually manage 2-3 posts per week. But I'm getting a bit burned out... so will probably do 1-2 posts per week, with a vlog (eek!) every couple weeks thrown in.

You should vlog, too, Amanda! I know, easier said than done. :)

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Yep, I can relate. For me, organization takes a lot of effort, but for certain things, I make that effort no matter what, like meal planning. If I don't do this every two weeks, I end up having to fuss over it EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. So I can imagine a book launch is even more important to have on lock!

I think your schedule looks awesome. Stick to your strengths. Otherwise, it's a waste of time (kind of like Google + for me).