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June 2019 goals

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-06-03

As usual, the month before a book launch is pretty much bonkers. I mean, everything crucial will get done one way or another (and indeed most everything crucial is already done). But I love my bells and whistles. And as a recovering perfectionist, I WILL HAVE THEM IF IT KILLS ME.

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Anywayyyy, let's get into June's update. As usual, I'll update the progress on May's goals, then set new goals for June.


May 2019 goal update:

  1. A Brush with Blood (The Clan-Vampire Clash: Book Three): Start and finish the quick final check. Deliver to The Certain Cell (my team of advance readers) no later than May 17th.
    • Result: Quasi-success. The final draft of A Brush with Blood is finished! But I didn't do so until a week late, on May 24th, at least partially because I had to steal time from it to finish up Sam's story: season two.
  2. Book Four of The Clan-Vampire Clash (title TBD): On hold. Stretch goal: Start back in on it!
    • Result: Success! As usual, I successfully left this on hold. With the week-long delay of A Brush with Blood, I didn't get to this by the end of the month.
  3. Season two of Sam's story (Troupe-only side story): Finish line editing, copyedit, and do the final editing pass on Chapters 9 and 10. Deliver both + the survey to the Troupe by the end of the month.
    • Result: Success! As mentioned earlier, I did have to steal some time from working on the final draft of A Brush with Blood to do so.
  4. Prepare for the launch of A Brush with Blood.
    • Result: Um, I mean...I am preparing for it, so success, I think? It's not going as stress-free as I'd like (some weekend work looks like is in my future--and was in my recent past too), but I'm doing it.
  5. Monitor Amazon ads. Add new ads as needed to maintain current performance of about 8500 impressions per day.
    • Result: Success! Actually, blew this out of the water and had one week during which I was averaging 12,000 impressions per day.
  6. Finish scheduling cross promotions and giveaways in May and into June and beyond.
    • Result: Success! Promotions are all scheduled for May and June, and I even have several lined up for July and August too.

June 2019 Goals

  1. A Brush with Blood (The Clan-Vampire Clash: Book Three): Address any comments from The Certain Cell (my team of advance readers). At that point, it will be completely, 100% done.
  2. Book Four of The Clan-Vampire Clash (title TBD): On hold due to the launch of A Brush with Blood followed by the Fourth of July holiday here in the US. Stretch goal: Start back in on it!
  3. Season three of Sam's story (Troupe-only side story): On hold due to the launch of A Brush with Blood followed by the Fourth of July holiday here in the US. Stretch goal: Start back in on it!
  4. Prepare for the launch of A Brush with Blood and launch it!
  5. Monitor Amazon ads. Add new ads as needed to maintain performance of about 10k impressions per day.
  6. Schedule cross promotions and giveaways in June as desired. If possible, fill out July's calendar too.

And as usual, let's see what I was doing this time last year.


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