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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Getting Things Done and Organized

Organize your schedule.

Easier said than done.

Do all writers have the problem of organization? Or are some folks naturally more organized than others?

I have two new novels coming out this year. Jungle Jeopardy, an adventure story set in Central America, was recently released by my publisher. A Rainbow for Christmas, a sweet romance set on a wagon train, will be out in late October. That means I now have a double problem of organizing and promotion because I have two new books.

Unfortunately, although I know better, I have done little to promote either book. During the summer, we took trips that I would be unable to undertake any other time of year. Those trips put me way behind in setting up events for my books. However, those trips also gave me background and exotic settings for future books.

I have scheduled a radio interview with Neil Steel, several book signings, a talk, and a tailgate art show which sounds like lots of fun. But there is way more to be done. Jungle Jeopardy has a big tie-in with Maya ruins. A few years ago, I painted a big series of large acrylic paintings of the Maya ruins we had visited. Now, I want to set up art exhibitions with those paintings tied to my book signings. Hopefully, I can figure it out by connecting with art departments of the universities I attended.

So much to do.

I'm making a list of all the possibilities. Of all the potential. There is more to do than will fit into a normal seven day week.

It would help a lot to be organized.

I'm trying ...

Are you organized? I would love to know how other writers think.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Let me know when they come out and I'll do a shout-out on my blog!
I'm already brainstorming a big blog event and my blog tour for next February.

Monti said...

Thanks, Alex! I'm going to announce Jungle Jeopardy next week. I'll let you know.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti .. sounds like you've got a lot on your plate - especially with the art tie-in .. but that should open new doors for both .. great Alex's offered the shout out.

Cheers for now - and looking forward to reading more .. Hilary

Enid Wilson said...

Yes, so much to do and so little time. I'm tempted to hire an Indian honey as my virtual assistant.

Every Savage Can Reproduce

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Monti, CONGRATS on the two new books. Sounds like you are going to be extremely busy. Have you thought about doing a blog tour for each of your books?

I'm not as organized as I should be, but I am working on it.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi Monti,

I love the art tie in. Well, something else we have in common. I'm an artist too.

I was uber-organized until the past few months. Vacation for almost two weeks definitely set me back. I am now catching up on my blogger buddies. Next will be to finish my final edit.

Yes, I CAN relate.

Monti said...

Thanks, Hilary, Enid, Susanne, and Michael for your comments. You all such positive energy and interesting ideas. I want to do a blog tour for both of the new books but haven't had time to arrange them yet. Need to be much more organized.

Nice photo, Michael. Looks like you've been working out a lot!