Facing Down the “To-Do” List
Everywhere you look you’ll find articles about saving time or doing more with less time. I know, because I follow that click-bait like a rat to the cheese. Sometimes I’ll find a few suggestions to incorporate into my day, but unfortunately often it’s more of the same. As a society driven to be “on” 24/7, it’s hard to determine how much is enough.
As a fiction author, freelance writer, wife and mother with a day job, I often feel like some days I’m internally freaking the freak out that I’ll never conquer my to do list or sort through the endless emails filling my inbox.
One simple trick I’ve discovered
that helps calm my internal freak-out over my overflowing inbox is to go directly to my SPAM/Clutter/Junk emails. I know. What? Isn’t that the stuff we don’t want? Yes. Exactly.
I open that folder and scan through it quickly; just in case something important was shoved in there and then…I delete it. Eliminating twenty or more emails with one click feels awesome. I trick my mind into thinking I’ve made a ton of progress in a few seconds and now I feel ready to tackle my real emails. Shhh- don’t tell me that it was all junk. See if I wanted this post to be click-bait I could’ve titled about How to Save Time by Emptying your Email Folder with One Click. How much is enough for you?
Write blog posts or complete other promo in batches. It’s more time efficient once you’re in the flow and aren’t stopping and starting. For blog posts, I’ll determine the title for two to three upcoming blogs, put my bio at the end, maybe a few bulletins if I know the direction of the post and then start writing them. For tweets I’ll go to Hootsuite and schedule at least one tweet a day for the upcoming month.
Promotion is a marathon not a sprint. Instead of focusing most of your time during a release or a sale, do at least one thing to promote each day. Whether it’s a tweet, a post on your Facebook or a blog post. Your book may be a year old, but it’s still brand new to someone.
Evil Speaks Softly
Everyone has a story to tell. Even the dead.
They were never supposed to meet. Fame came easy for Liv by following in the footsteps of the female writers in her family. The cycle repeated for decades…until Liv changed the story. Her villain doesn’t like the revision—and he isn’t a fictional character. In his story, the bad guy always wins.
They were never supposed to find love. Liv never questioned her demanding nocturnal muse, or the strange incidents in her old, family home until she met Gage. His job was to watch her from afar, not reveal the truth about the curse and the stories of the dead. They’ve broken all the rules. Together they unravel secrets as they strive to stop the cycle. Liv’s ability to find love, and protect her loved ones, hangs on the fickle whims of the dead—and they’ve got nothing to lose.
Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keep her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu, her teen twins & alpha hubby keep her in line. Find Maureen on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.