I think it was BeBe Harlow who requested the day in the life of an indie author/publisher. The easiest way I could think to do this was to literally write down tasks as I check them off hour by hour. Here’s a look at an ordinary Monday where I wasn’t working a day job and full focus was on book world. Notice how little of the time is spent writing and how much of it is on marketing/promo/other. Buckle up!
7 am – 1,000 word movie review of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” for Mean Machine, checking and responding to emails and private messages 8 am – Formatting a box set, tweaking two listing categories on three titles 9 am – Uploading three books for audio audition, ordering three covers, editing two blurbs, proofing a paperback proof and making adjustments – reloading proof for approval 10 am – 1,000 words on Blenders – Book Six of Circus Freak Series, editing vamp review and submitting to Mean Machine 11 am – break 11:15 – promo for Moonstruck release, review reminders, bloggers, newsletter, scheduled release day posts Noon – 1,000 more words – Blenders, book format, laying out a submission for upcoming anthology 1 pm – category/rank research, review of two submissions, created Mobi ARC for Art Inspires Words – Book One, formatting paperback Art Inspires 2 pm – break/lunch 2:30 – Bloody Bonkers format, story lay out for edits, post scheduling for VAC events 3 pm – Post scheduling for VAC, swag and promo orders for Wanderlust 4 pm – Swag 5 pm – Subscription box research 6 pm – filing for vendor status 7 pm – Submission box research 8 pm – Sept newsletter prep during dinner 9 pm – Audio book listings/audition approvals/chasing down titles to transfer/audio graphics order 10 pm – Instagram graphics order 11 pm – 1,000 words – Blenders (total of 3583 for the day – which is light), Moonstruck milestone events, pimps and release day last minutes, proofing changes to Art Inspires Words – Book One, listing changes to Art Inspires Words including metadata wide change Midnight – graphic orders, blurb edits sent/replaced, Moonstruck release 1 am – research for It Could Be Worse WIP 1:45 – tomorrow’s plan for release day promo/newsletter – blogger emails 2 am – bedtime! And tomorrow, we do it all over again!
So, Bebe – I hope this answer’s your question? Welcome to my CRAZY life!