Month-End Update: February 2015

My husband says that I’m too hard on myself. In that spirit, I’m going to try and be nice to myself as I reflect on February. In my defense, I was shorted 2-3 days by the calendar, spent a few weekends out-and-about, put in more overtime at work than ever, and did about twice the amount of reading I normally do.

Okay, kindness and excuses aside, I know I could have done more revising this month. I feel good about the reading and business activities I completed, but my writing/revising really suffered. My new goal is to focus primarily on my revision efforts for March, with the specific goal of finishing my revision by March 15th, when my parents-in-law arrive from Australia. So if the blog is a bit quiet, know it is because I’m finally taking time for my writingAnd if it’s not quiet, assume I’ve finally become Superwoman (because obviously I would never be procrastinating).

Here’s the nitty-gritty:

Writing

  • Blog Posts Written — 5 (my editing, mid-month, and month-end updates, a blog award, and one book review), The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour was my blog’s purpose this month!
  • Fiction Words Written — approx4,000 (all during my revising process)
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction (Revised) — 5
  • Outlines Written — 0
  • On a related note, my alpha reader finished the completely un-edited version of The Cogsmith’s Daughter, and she gave me some great feedback and encouragement!

Editing/Revising

Books 

Author Business Activities

  • Rented a P.O. box so that I could start my email newsletter
  • Started author newsletter and sent out two emails (If interested, you can sign up here!)
  • Signed up for a free membership to Author Marketing Club
  • Attended a free webinar on book launches and author websites hosted by Joanna Penn
  • Attended a free webinar on using Scrivener to write and publish hosted by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt
  • Set up a Smashwords account and began exploring that platform
  • Completed my first beta read (The Curious Tale of Gabrielle by Zachary Paul Chopchinksi)

As I look back on what I have done this month, I have accomplished quite a lot. However, it is really disproportionate. I need to remember to not put the cart before the horse and get back to the core of my author business: producing fiction.

Goals for March

  • Finish revision of The Cogsmith’s Daughter
  • Began searching for a professional editor
  • Find 3-5 beta readers
  • Maintain my book review schedule
  • Have a sensational 23rd birthday!

What have you accomplished this month? What are your goals for March? For the rest of the year?

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17 thoughts on “Month-End Update: February 2015

  1. Amanda Richter says:

    You did get a lot done this month! Great job. How do you like the Joanna Pen webinars? You got a lot of reading done! I’ve been trying to read some business related books, but I just can’t push through them haha. I’ve read 6 romance novels in the last two weeks though….because priorities.

    I would be happy to be a Beta-reader for you if you need.

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    • Kate M. Colby says:

      Thank you so much for your support, Amanda! The Joanna Penn webinar was pretty good. Thanks to it, I have my website design pretty much mapped out for when I decide to go self-hosted (not until the book is closer to release). If you want to read some business related books, there are some fantastic ones out there for authors. My top suggestion is Business for Authors by Joanna Penn — it has the basics of everything you need to know. Another good one that is less business-y is Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. It talks a lot about what it takes to be an author and helps you get into the author business mindset. And I just may take you up on your beta read offer! Assuming I stay on schedule, I’ll be sending my pleas out at the end of March.

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      • Amanda Richter says:

        Certainly, let me know about Beta reading. I am dying to get my hands on it, haha. It sounds so awesome!

        I think I will take a look at those books. I have seen the Joanna Pen one before, but put it off. The one I’m reading now is “When talent isn’t enough” by Kristen Fischer. It’s more so for freelancing and not necessarily geared just towards writing- which might by why I am struggling with it. It has some good business stuff in it- it’s just taking me forever and a day to get through it.

        Keep up the awesome work!

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      • Kate M. Colby says:

        Thank you! I will definitely let you know about the beta reading in a few weeks. If you ever need any author/indie business type books, my Goodreads shelf entitled “indie publishing” has all the ones that I have read/will read for my own reference. So feel free to check that out!

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  2. Brittany Boyce says:

    You did so much this month! Plus with a full-time job where you were working overtime and you managed to have some non-work/writing devoted weekends out? Yeah, I think your husband is right, you are too hard on yourself!

    Besides, if nothing else, the Blog Tour you did was simply amazing this month! That is an accomplishment you should be well proud of!

    Also I raise my hand to be a beta reader if you’re still in search of one!

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    • Kate M. Colby says:

      Thank you so much, Brittany. I know — I am way too hard on myself and have super unrealistic expectations. It’s a lifelong problem that started with school and has now transferred to my writing/author business.

      But thank you for your comments on the blog tour. I think it was pretty successful, and I believe everyone had a lot of fun with it.

      And thank you (noticing a pattern here?) for offering to beta read. With any luck, I’ll be looking at the end of this month, so I will keep you in mind. I’m trying to figure out what my sweet spot will be numbers wise, as I do not want to have too many opinions crowding me, but I do want a good variety of readers.

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  3. Whitney says:

    I keep telling myself that if I took the time spent on our website and used it towards my manuscript, I’d be done with the first draft and halfway through revisions by now. It’s difficult not being hard on yourself–especially if you’re the only taskmaster. Keep it up! You really have accomplished much in just 28 days. 🙂

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    • Kate M. Colby says:

      Thanks, Whitney! I feel you. It can be difficult to balance writing with non-writing authorly duties, especially when you have limited time to spend. Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll get your manuscript pumped out soon enough!

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  4. kateevans2013 says:

    Well done Kate, I think you should be very proud of yourself. I know, for me, it’s a question of just keeping going one step at a time, celebrating the achievements and not being too hard on myself when I don’t quite finish my pesky ‘to-do’ list. Hope you have a lovely birthday.

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  5. Eclecticat444 says:

    Nice Post! Be proud of your accomplishments! I am not an avid blogger or reader of blogs, but I like to check in here and there and I always seem to catch a glimpse of wisdom when I do, like I did with your post! I’m addicted to learning and every self-help tip that catches my eye. I am reading and working on a Workbook called “The Idea Journal” by Vernon L Meyers and practicing on my ability to Focus. Well wishes to you and your projects and enjoy your family time!

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    • Kate M. Colby says:

      Thank you so much! It’s always nice to hear that someone enjoys popping in one my blog from time to time. I’m glad that you find it useful and inspiring! Feel free to say hi anytime you come by! Best wishes to you and yours as well!

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