Plotting 20 Books at Once – The Setup

#projectrapidrelease is well underway.

On my 3 year plan for this week is to plot the The Setup for 20 books at once. My goal is to give each of my stories a setting and “slice of life” opening image and to give each of my characters a goal or need and a flaw or wound that has lead them to a misconception about about love. I have also determined the tropes and hooks for all 20 books.

Let me know if you’re interested in more detailed looks at what I’m doing behind the scenes or if you’d like to join in and do some livestream plotting with me.

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What happens when you skip an item on your marketing to-do list??

Absolutely nothing!

If you’ve been following my blog the entire five minutes I’ve had it up and running, then you know I’m list maker and a risk taker. Well, the first one anyway.

I have list for everything: cleaning, writing, marketing, grocery shopping, etc. I file those lists (except the grocery one) in a tickler file. Everything comes up for rotation on the perfect day and time.

Unfortunately, I can’t put my entire life on a tickler rotation!

So life gets in the way, and I don’t end up getting everything on my daily list, or my weekly list, or my Monday list, or my Friday list, or my monthly list, or my quarterly list..

Wait. Where was I? What year is this?

You get the idea.

Yesterday, I failed to post the blog that was on my marketing list, and I didn’t clean the bedrooms that were on my cleaning list, and I’m still in shock that Earth didn’t tilt further on it’s axis.

Instead, I got a phone call from a close friend encouraging me to finally go ahead and register for graduate school. It’s something that I’ve wanted and talked about for years, but I’ve been too scared, busy, broke, whatever. So we set a date, and she’s agreed to hold my hand through the process.

So I looked over the half-finished graduate program essay I started years ago…

And I didn’t post a blog.

And I didn’t vacuum the bedrooms.

And I’m okay with that.

I once attended a social media workshop and the presenter said she once lost over a thousand Twitter followers because she was in the hospital for three days and couldn’t post. I don’t know about you, but any followers who would drop you just because you were ill and couldn’t post aren’t the kind I’m looking for.

I can’t and won’t post every day.

I can’t and won’t post on a regular schedule.

I can’t and won’t ever be social media guru.

I can’t and won’t ever choose marketing over my valuable writing time.

I can’t and won’t give a second thought to leaving the carpet an extra day.

But I will skip all of the above to answer my friend’s call and spend an hour talking about my personal dreams and goals.

I will post here or there. I may make a video from time to time. I’ll drop into the social media world at random.

Because that’s how real life is. That’s how a #writerslife is. It’s here and there. It’s time to time. It’s random.

It’s okay.

Do your best and breathe.

Social Media Marketing Notebook

Yesterday, I mentioned using a social media marketing notebook as I’m learning the ropes. My brain isn’t trained to know what to post where at what time.

Here’s a little tour of resources gathered from my BFF, Pinterest.

On the inside flap, I’ve attached 3 different charts. The one on top explains what kind of material to post on each of the five main platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. I don’t use LinkedIn or Google+. The other two calendars breakdown what content should be posted by day of the week and the best times of day for each.

The inside pages are setup by month, and they have nifty pockets for holding photo and social media challenges. Let’s face it, an awkward INFJ like me needs a more specific plan than just “family fun on Friday on Instagram.” I actually need a specific photo to take. Having social anxiety is a challenge when it comes to social media.

Finally, a writer’s gotta know what hashtags to use because the strange ramblings that bubble up in my mind just won’t cut it. On the back flap, I’ve attached popular hashtags by topic and by days of the week.

While we’re on the subject of hashtags, I’ve created a few for the socially inept like me to use (or not) as we stumble along this marketing journey:







And now you know why I don’t create my own hashtags. Peace.