If you have “Book Appointments” on your weekly schedule, then you are well ahead of other authors. Having these appointments creates time in your schedule for writing, publishing or selling your book through promotions. Are you making the most of these appointments?
During Your First Appointment(s)
One of the many principles that were drilled into me as an Army brat is that I should always have a plan. That’s part of the reason I urge authors to start their book with a plan. Over time, that plan may change, but starting with a plan makes it easier to recognize when you need help because you are going astray and they highlight the milestone achievements for you to celebrate along your publishing journey.
Your first appointment(s) should focus on exploring your options, setting your goals and outlining your plan-this is what I refer to as publishing Milestone #1: Outline Your Book Publishing Plan. The free Author Info Kit features several planning resources including a “Book Publishing How-to Guide” and a “Quick Start Guide”. The how-to guide is an overview of the entire writing, publishing and selling process and the “Quick Start Guide” will help you outline your book, draft a publishing plan, create a book budget and even customize a step-by-step checklist.
You can start your first appointment by diving in and exploring these free resources and their recommended steps until you have 15 minutes left in your appointment. In your last 15 minutes you can focus on confirming your next appointment time and location, and write a note to yourself about where you’re leaving off so you know where to pick up during that meeting.
Tips for Maximizing Appointments
- Schedule at Least 3 Hours of Appointments per Week-This is just enough time to help you accomplish something meaningful each week without putting to much pressure on yourself.
- Set an Appointment Location–It helps to have a specific location dedicated to working on your book, so that when you get to your writing location it’s easier to get into book mode.
- Defend Your Appointments-If something comes up and you can’t keep your appointment, reschedule. Let family and friends know that you are not available.
You can make your appointments as formal or as relaxed as you choose, so long as you make them.
Authors who are in the writing stage can use this time to research, write their book, solicit feedback from readers, partner with an editor and even seek blurbs and endorsements from key people. Authors who are in the publishing stage can use this time to review similar book cover designs for inspiration, build an amazing author website, plan book launch activities and more. Authors of published books can use this time to study how effective their promotional strategies have been, seek public speaking engagements, create opportunities for author events, and even work on remixing the content in the book into new content.