When I got married, someone forwarded me a huge master to-do list of everything that Hubby and I needed to complete before our wedding. Some of it applied to us, and some of it didn’t, but the list was mostly applicable to everyone. There were things on there like scheduling pre-cana appointments (we didn’t do that) to going to pick out the ketubah in time to have it personalized (we did do that!) (Also: I love our ketubah. It’s beautiful). There are many such lists online now, but back then, this was the most forwarded email ever, with couples adding on their own items and forwarding it to newly engaged friends. That list saved my behind many, many times over.
I got to thinking yesterday that there should be a similar to-do schedule for authors prior to and just after a book release. While a wedding has a Date, and then after there’s honeymooning and maybe changing your name, a book release to-do list continues after the book release date. But there’s a LOT to get in line beforehand.
Everything I Know About Love, I Learned from Romance Novels (aka EIKAL) is coming out 4 October, and for a long time now, it’s been ‘in October,’ a month that was comfortably far away. I updated the book page on my site, and the book has a Facebook page, and this site here is undergoing a redesign right now so there will be more info about the book then, too.
But then I realized October is NEXT FREAKING MONTH and I wasn’t sure what I should be doing.
According to many people on Twitter, I am not the only person who has that feeling.
So here’s my thought: let’s make sure that in the future, authors don’t have to feel that WTF-WDIDN (What the fuck, what do I do now?) feeling. We can create a master to-do list for authors based on when they ought to be thinking about/accomplishing different getting-ready-for-book-release tasks, and this is for both digital and print.
Got ideas of what should be on there, but not sure when to schedule it? Got a draft of a list that you follow? Please share! I’m going to compile the list and make it publicly available in as many formats as possible, so we can share and add and alleviate the WTF-WDIDN feeling.
Please use the following format: date/time suggestion – task. For example: “4-6 months: design and order bookmarks and/or postcards.” I’m open to anything and everything, so that when this list is complete, people can have a master template of what has to be done, even if not every single item applies to them.