Productivity Check – January 2013

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I was going to do a Marketing Monday this week, but I’m swamped and when I went to do it yesterday, I felt like I was rushing a subject that I really wanted to spend a lot more time on and that’s Goodreads.  It’s a major resource for authors and I don’t think that most quite know what to do with it.  I’ve used just about every feature on GR there is, I’ve run ads, had giveaways, did events. I blog over there, I have tons of comments on my profile (through some innovative techniques) and of course, I post reviews.

But like I said.  I’m so freaking busy that I just didn’t have the time to put together the GR post properly because Range is getting ready to go to the editor, as well as the Tier novella, I’m writing another short series to see if it makes money, and of course, I have a business to run in addition to all that.  So I had to focus on my non-fiction stuff this week in a major way because all the kiddos went back to homeschool 🙂 today after Christmas break.

So that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing for two weeks.  When I look back on 2011 when I was putting out one new unit study every week I really don’t understand how I did it.  It’s a crazy schedule. I can’t do that anymore.  I just don’t have the time.  And I don’t have the motivation to sit at my desk for three days straight and work non-stop for 14-16 hours.
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So now it takes two weekends to get a product out instead of one.  This week I uploaded Ice and Snow.  And the funny thing is, I already have these little kid units completed – I made this last year I just never made an online course to go with it.  So this year I’m updating it for older kids and making an online course.  So you’d think I could get it done in a weekend, but no.  I can’t.

However – since production is 80% of marketing, I feel this productivity check qualifies as a Marketing Monday, even though my WP clock says it’s tomorrow.  I live on Mountain Time, and here it’s still Monday.  So there.

Goodreads will be next week, I promise.  But here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

  • Ice and Snow, of course.  Took me two weeks.  I used to always use photos and art from my generic Clipart account or find public domain photos, but lately I’ve been like a super patron to 123rf.  They are pretty cheap for royalty-free art and ya know what?  If I need a stinking photo of some obscure body of water in Indonesia for a unit study on freshwater lakes… (and I did – and this is what I found!)
Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia
Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia is the largest lake in South East Asia and was formed in the caldera of a gigantic volcano which erupted some 70,000 years ago. Photographer Stuart Taylor from Malaysia

…I can put “freshwater lake Indonesia” in the search field and get it like that at a stock art site.  I do not even care that I just paid $2 for it – I buy like a 100 credits at a time over there and when I run out, I buy more.  It’s worth it.  Anyway, I just bought this photo for a glacier slide in Snow and Ice and it’s so pretty, I just wanted to share – so enjoy.

Laguna de Los Tres and mount Fitz Roy, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina. Photographer Dmitry Pichugin From Russian Federation
Laguna de Los Tres and mount Fitz Roy, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.                      Photographer Dmitry Pichugin From Russian Federation
  • The Tier Novella as I’m officially calling it for now, is done at 20,000 words.  Wow.  This came out so much better than I thought it would.  Turns out Tier is quite the interesting guy.  I loved writing from his perspective and I think if you read it, it will surprise you.  I went into this story knowing the end (I always know the end) but only had a hint at the crisis.  It turned into something I didn’t even plan and it’s pretty cool.  And Annun is baaaack!  I loved Annun in Fledge, he had a super major life-changing scene with Junco in that book, and he’s got a super major role with Tier in this story as well.  I didn’t see that going in either, but I think I secretly love Annun. And HOUSE of course.  I’ve always loved HOUSE.  She’s such an eight year old in this story.  And the cover art is done (thank you James).  I love it.
  • I stared another series under a pen name, so even though I’d love to tell everyone about it, I can’t.  Enough said – but this one’s a serial – I see six parts to finish this first storyline and then if it sells, maybe a season two.
  • My book blog, New Adult Addiction, is growing so fast I can barely believe it.  I don’t know what it is – the name maybe?  The blog design (thank you Parajunkee Designs) or maybe my content is so super spectacular people just want to visit?  Whatever it is, this blog has taken off like crazy and I’m getting 300-500 hits a day.  And I love working on it.  I post every day.  Book blogging is fun.

Well, those are my major accomplishments for the past two weeks – next week I will have a thorough post (maybe even with video if I can learn to work my Camtasia software with any sort of rudimentary proficiency) and it will be so worth it.

This week I’m editing Range and Tier – I have to clean them up so I can send it to RJ for editing at the end of the month – and I have to write a unit study on microscopes.  The funny thing about this microscope unit is that I’ve actually been looking forward to doing this subject for years.  I’ve wanted to, and now that I have to in order to finish up my high school biology sequence (parents are starting to ask when the hell I’m gonna finish this series and I don’t blame them.  The year is almost over and I have about four units to make), I’m not looking forward to it because I have so many other things to do.  I even have a microscope that plugs into the computer so I can take screenshots of all the stuff.  So I’m hoping I can force myself to slow down and do it right and not rush through it.

OK, I have fifteen minute by my clock to make this an “official” Monday post, so that’s all for now!

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