Happy Monday, WG2E-Land!
This week, as we welcome-in Autumn, I’ll be busy setting my 2012 Production Schedule.
I even bought my first 2012 Calendar…by one of my fave artists Suzy Toronto:
If I had to choose one element of my Indie Epub Journey that I felt was perhaps the most vital to my Indie Epub Success, I’d say, without a doubt, it’s the fact I set a Production Schedule each year then write my ass off to meet that schedule!!!
Here’s what my Production Schedules look like…
First to finish-out 2011:
October 2011 – FLUID FULFILLMENT (The Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mysteries #1)
October 2011 – LICENSED FOR LOVE (The Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mysteries #2)
Early November 2011 – D. D. Scott Special Edition Ebook Boxed Set (including all three Bootscootin’ Books plus the first two Cozy Cash Mysteries)
***Note: To make good on the biggest three months of the Ebook World – November, December and January - I’ll have four new releases – two short stories, a boxed set, and a novella in an anthology - to go along with my back-list titles.***
All together then, for 2011, I had 7 releases…3 full novels, 2 short stories (companions to those novels), 1 boxed set (including my entire backlist of 5 novels) and 1 novella in a holiday-themed anthology.
Now then…for 2012:
January 2012 – Cozy Cash Mystery #3
March 2012 – 10 Years & 24 Hours to Indie Epub Success
May 2012 – Cozy Cash Mystery #4
July 2012 – Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mystery #3
August 2012 – Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mystery #4
September 2012 – Cozy Cash Mystery #5
October 2012 – Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mystery #5
November 2012 – Holiday Anthology including another Cozy Cash Christmas Novella
December 2012 – D. D. Scott Special Edition Ebook Boxed Set #2
***Note: I’m also developing two more anthologies which will each contain a D. D. Scott short story/novella.
So that will be right around 11 new releases for 2012…3 new novels, 3 mini-mayhem mystery shorts, 1 boxed set, 1 non-fiction how-to book, and 3 anthologies including 3 of my novellas.
Which means, by the end of 2012, I’ll have a D. D. Scott cyber shelf which includes a total of 21 releases…in just 2 1/2 years (my debut release was in August 2010)…the time it would take to release just one book going the TradiPub route!!!
Okay…a couple of points to consider…
1. The primary reason I do Production Schedules is to keep my muses movin’ and groovin’ across my pages and screens. I work best on set schedules. By literally exercising my muses EVERY DAY toward very clear goals, I keep ‘em crankin’ out pages with gusto.
2. Creating my next year’s Production Schedule in Autumn of the current year, I get first shot at the Production Schedules for my entire D. D. Scott Team. For example, I make sure my Go-To Format Guy – Rob Siders of 52 Novels - knows when to expect my books so he can work his magic. My superfab cover designers know what they need to create for me and when. My wonderful Editor Matt Rush – The Edit Dude - knows when to put me in his work plan too.
3. I also begin to look at all the Ereader Centric Blogs I’ll want to be on and when for each release. Many of these blogs, like Kindle Nation Daily, that I’ll be on, for example, during Christmas Week this year, I’ve had scheduled and paid for since early in 2011.
4. I have a clear focus for my muses…and I can aim their creativity, even subconciously, on the projects I know I’ve got coming up.
Yes…projects and opportunities will pop-up in 2012 that I will then decide whether or not to work into my Production Schedule. But, the basic plan is down and ready to go!
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: How many of you have Production Schedules? If so, what do they look like for you the rest of 2011 and for 2012? And if you don’t, is this a tool you think you can use in your Indie Epub Journey?
The Best of The WG2E Production Schedule Wishes — D. D. Scott