Where do I start?

I am usually pretty organized.  My office has a place for everything.  My bills are in a nice organized vertical file.  I have a binder for my blog where I keep copies of blogs posted, ideas that I want to write about, and information that I have used in blog posts.  There is a pretty neon pink binder for my book promo information.  I even have a file box with additional information on blogging, tweeting, etc.

It is getting close to the big reveal.  I have so much I want to get done.  I know, I need to just breathe.  My computer desk is a disaster.  I have papers spread out all over it on how to do a book launch party (fragrance-free of course and outdoors), my invitation list, samples that I have worked on for the invitation, and information on how to do an online book launch.  By neon pink binder is out with all the information on how to do an online book blog tour along with my list of possible blogs to ask to host me. There is a stack of bills on my desk that need my attention as well.

In reading all these papers I have discovered it is best to host the online launch and blog tour first culminating in my party with friends to celebrate.  They need to be lined up together so that all sales start about the same time.

I am trying to secure a spot for the launch party and need to confirm the date in October with a friend to see if her lovely back yard is free.  I need to get busy with contacting blog hosts about my tour and get advance reader copies out to them in advance.  I don’t have my author copy yet and won’t for about two weeks.  I need to plan on what I will have at my party for food, prizes, and how many books I should have available should someone want to buy one.

My brain is swirling with ideas, dates, plans, and data that I have accumulated for the past several months in anticipation of this momentous occasion.  All in all I am swimming in a sea of yet to be made decisions.

Tomorrow is my first day without any responsibility to anyone so I am going to make that my first day of setting ideas to paper and coming up with an action plan that I can manage and live with.  This weekend I plan on enjoying myself while my granddaughters participate in their local fair activities.  Friday night my younger granddaughter is signed up for the stick pony race.  Saturday I am going to a peddler’s faire with my daughter (a tradition that we have started on labor day weekend and thankfully it is outdoors and I don’t think it is supposed to be too hot).  Sunday, my younger granddaughter is in the tricycle race (she smoked the little boys last year and won a tricycle and hopes to do it again this year).  My older granddaughter is in a roping competition (this is her first year and she has been practicing every evening).  Memories are going to be made and then I will set to work on implementing my plan that I put together tomorrow.

Any fellow bloggers have suggestions for me regarding the book launch, book blog tour, or party?  I would appreciate anything you can provide me.  You can either comment here or send me an email through the contact button.

 

11 responses to “Where do I start?

  1. YOU ARE A BUSY BUSY GIRL—- TAKE A DEEP BREATH & ENJOY WHAT YOU CAN!!!!! : ) LOVE–LOVE WHAT YOU SHARED ABOUT YOUR GRAND DAUGHTERS!!!! I AM CHEERING FOR THEM— ESPECIALLY THE ONE WHO IS ROPEING!!!!! 🙂 YOU KNOW I AM AN OLD COWGIRL– & BARREL RACER- ETC– ETC–
    IT WILL ALL FALL TOGEHER– FOR YOUR BOOK PLANS—YOU ARE AN EXCELLENT ORGANIZER!!! (EVEN WITH MCS & BRAIN FOG)!! HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK END!!!! YOU ARE LOVED— DON’T OVERDO– PLEASE KEEP YOUR HEALTH- & PLEASE DON’T STRESS OUT-YOU HAVE IT ALL UNDER CONTROL-!!! THIS IS A REALLY SPECIAL TIME WITH YOUR NEW BOOK— I HOPE YOU CAN EJOY THIS TIME!!! LOVE YA!!! ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND WITH YOUR FAMLY!!!!

    • I didn’t know you were a barrel racer. How exciting. My granddaughter would love to do something like that someday. I know it will all fall together but when it is sitting here scattered all over the place it makes me feel scattered as well. Tomorrow I will make sense of it and get organized. I think I will go and read a book and forget about it for a little bit.

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  3. Wow, your list boggles my brain. You will pull it together that it will be amazing.

    • It is boggling my brain right now too. Hopefully tomorrow I can make some sense of everything that is scattered around me. As I look at it, my anxiety level rises. So I have chosen tonight to pretend it isn’t there until the morning. Thank you for the vote of confidence.

  4. Kathryn, I actually enjoy the book marketing as much as the writing! Maybe you will too. I was going to suggest the books I used to help me (Jump Start Your Book Sales, Guerilla Marketing for Writers) but if they haven’t been updated, they may not include all of the new Internet marketing techniques. Go over to Amazon–there are a lot of books to help you promote your book. And HAVE FUN!

    • It is not that I don’t enjoy it. It is just that I am overwhelmed with the strategies and getting started. I have finally decided on a book launch party date and security a location. I am working on invitations and getting ready to work on a book blog tour. I have just had a hectic couple of weeks and this learning and deciding just added to my anxiety. I will check out the books you have mentioned. I am also learning a lot from others who have already been through what I am just starting. Thank you for the suggestions.

  5. I am as naive as you about this, but perhaps we can continue to help each other where we can.

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