July 26, 2021 - Assorted Tasks

Monday, July 26, 2021

After taking the weekend off, I took a closer look at my To-Do List. I have a program called Things for Mac where I keep it, because that program allows me to set start dates and deadlines on each task. It also allows you to organized tasks by project and assign a deadline to the entire project.


So, one project I have is for things having to do with my mailing list and website. That was one where I’d let several items slide. One of the tasks I set up is backing up my subscriber list, my website theme, and my website content, e.g., blog posts monthly. Since that doesn’t take very long, I decided to do that first.


Then was another task I’ve been putting off: cleaning up my mailing list. Most newsletter services charge by the number of subscribers you have. The thing is, it’s too easy to accumulate subscribers who never actually read your emails, which means they’re unlikely to be buying any of your books. I’m also thinking about running another newsletter list building promotion, which will add subscribers. Now, the last one I ran bumped me up to a new pricing tier, but over time, enough subscribers have unsubscribed to put me down a level. But, if I ran a new list building promo, chances are I’d go right back into that higher price level. So it behooved me to purge people who never open my newsletter. To make a long story short, it took me longer to set that up than I thought it would.


I also went to yet another webinar on how to write a novel. Of course, it was really a pitch for a course, but I’m a course junkie. If I could afford it, I’d sign up for every writing related class that exists. Fortunately, this one costs almost $2,000, so it was relatively easy to not sign up for it. But I did spend ninety minutes listening to a little content and quite a lot of teasers and pitching.


Finally, yes, finally, I opened up Plottr and started plotting the next book in my Shipwreck Point Mysteries series. That’s PlottR, not PlottO. Plotto is the idea generator system I’ve been working on. Plottr is software to lay out your timelines, chapters, and scenes. It’s a visual, drag-and-drop system, so it’s a good way to plan a novel. It also exports an outline in Scrivener format, which could use improvement, but at least it’s a starting point. I didn’t work on it very long, but at least I did something toward making that novel a reality.

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