January 31, 2015
I’m preparing to launch a book. My own. My first novel…at least the first one I’m ready to share with the world.
My mind whirls with ideas, facts and figures, and the gamut of emotions that most new novelists must feel. It’s hard to know what to do first. I will be publishing the book myself – an Indie author entrepreneur! I have lots of help, volunteer and hired. I’m doing my best to have a quality product.
But how do you really prepare for a big life event like this? It’s like planning a wedding, getting ready for a trip around the world, or setting up for your first child to be born. There are things that must be done, and in a timely fashion.
But life happens. Time does not stand still for you. I was hoping it might just for a few days.
Here are some things I’ve had to consider as I prepare for this dream come true.
1. Settle down. Keep your panic to a minimum.
I’m one of those people who can get a little excited and overwhelmed. If you ask my husband he would say that’s a gross understatement. However, a little of such reaction is okay. It shows you aren’t consumed with an inflated sense of self. At least that’s what I tell myself.
Seriously. Take time to just sit and stare at the walls, watch the birds in your tree, play with the dog, or take a nap. Just give your mind a rest from the planning. For some, this will take great effort. I am personally not very disciplined at corralling my racing brain. It’s time to be quiet and listen to what the Spirit might be saying to you.
2. Poster board is from heaven.
Really. I can’t manage without it. I currently have 3 large events to organize. I’m easily confused. (another thing to ask my hubby about.) so I find that making a poster board for each event with a to do list written with bold sharpie pen keeps me on track. I feel the power in that pen when I draw a line through a task!
This would work for anything you are preparing for. If you want to get creative, use different color pens. That doesn’t work for me because I get too caught up in deciding what color to use where. But when I hand that poster up on my office wall, I just feel better.
3. Ask for help. But keep your expectations low.
Everyone is busy. Everyone has to make choices about how much help they can give anyone who asks. Even if your best friend says he will do thus and such, doesn’t mean he can come through. Have a back up plan or be prepared to adjust your plan. Be realistic and don’t require much from those who you know can’t oblige.
However, don’t be afraid to give a gentle reminder to those who have promised and not even hinted that they are on the job. Deadlines are great, but made to be broken or at least bent.
So I’ll be taking my own advice as I prepare for my book launch. Stop for a moment and assess your life events and see if you are feeling as organized as you wanted to be. Might be looking at plan B, and that’s okay.
What are you working on now and do you have any tips for preparing?