Okay, so someone hollered, “Do some blogs to promote your latest book(s).” And I nodded, said I can do that, I’ve been writing blogs for a good long while, so why not? Well, I’ll tell you why not, and it has nothing to do with the writing. It has everything to do with keeping track of who gets what when.
With two books leaping out this month─granted one is only Ebooks for now─I’ll probably
send the wrong thing to someone and they’ll look at it and yell, “I don’t understand why people can’t follow simple instructions.” Well, meet her.
Simple instructions? This one wants between 400 and 750 words, no in your face promo, send only website link and jpg of headshot; another wants 800 to 1,000 words and some promo is okay. Please send all your social media links; On to another who wants a 500 word excerpt from the book, at least two reviews and the answer to ten questions, a buy link and website link; And lastly there’s someone who sends 100 questions and asks me to pick ten to answer, and include buy link, blog and website link. Oh, and please send a jpg of your book(s) and headshot.
Now don’t get me wrong. I appreciate more than I can say that bloggers out there share their space and their readers with me. I’m a happy guest and also like to host once in a while, where my rules are…Oh, well, you don’t want to know that. I love my host bloggers. What my problem is, I can’t figure out an easy way to keep track of all this stuff till I get the blog and other stuff sent off. Oh, yes, there are the dates it’s due and the date it will post to keep track of too plus the link where I can take a look at it, and twitter, FB and Google plus it.
I’ve tried a file in my Gmail, which works fairly well till I forget to look one week, and that’s on me, not the system. Yet I need one that will be easy to keep track of. Then I have a file folder on Blogs, 2013, where all my posted blogs and photos are kept, including those that are due and the date they are due, each in its own file. I have a hard file calendar on which I write a blog due date and publishing date. What more can I do?
Do you think I’m going overboard here? Perhaps one central place would be enough, you
say? Okay, what could that be? I haven’t had time to learn EverNote, which I thought might work well. If any one of what I’m doing worked well, I shift everything there, but geeze.
So now, I have two books out, about six blogs scheduled to be written and posted in the next two to three weeks, plus the weekly one I do for myself, and I’m going to have another bald spot on my head if I don’t figure out an easier way to keep track of these. I AM NOT COMPLAINING. It’s not a bad problem to have, but I still need to solve it and soon.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
Once There Were Sad Songs Kindle Release 10/28/13