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November 2019 goals

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-10-28

It's the end of the month, which means it's time to see how I did and figure out what I'm working on next month.

As usual, I'll update the progress on October's goals, then set new goals for November.


October 2019 goal update:

  1. Book Four of The Clan-Vampire Clash (title TBD): Work on the line edits. Get through Chapter 11. Stretch goal: Get through Chapter 16.
    • Result: Success! Stretch goal success! Which is awesome. I've been working on my speed when addressing comments (mostly trying to reduce the amount of time I spend racking my mind for the "perfect" wording), and it looks like it's working. I've addressed the line editing comments through Chapter 17 (of 44 chapters, so not quite halfway yet, at least in terms of chapters).
  2. Season three of Sam's story (Troupe-only side story): Deliver Chapter 11, parts 1 and 2, to the Troupe, my readers group. Fully edit Chapter 12 and deliver it to the Troupe by the end of the month. Start editing Chapter 13.
    • Result: Success! I mean, mostly. I did deliver Chapter 11, parts 1 and 2, and Chapter 12, part 1, to the Troupe. Because Chapter 12 doubled in size during the first round of editing, it took a bit longer to get just right. I didn't start editing Chapter 13 yet (but because Chapter 12 doubled in size, Chapter 12 will now be delivered in two installments, buying me a bit more time for Chapter 13).
  3. Work on closing out the launch of A Brush with Blood, including modifying the series launch plan as needed. Stretch goal: Close out the launch completely.
    • Result: Lol. For the bazillionth month in a row, I didn't get to this due to my singular focus on Amazon ads. Maybe next month!
  4. Start remaining planned Amazon ads with well-researched keyword lists. Monitor and adjust as needed.
    • Result: Almost success! I started most of them and adjusted a few ads that weren't quite profitable, but I have a few more books and series to add. And I want to transfer my best ads to the Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de sites and see how I do there. But after that, I swear I'm done (until I revisit Amazon ads at some point in the future).
  5. Schedule cross promotions and giveaways into November and beyond as possible.
    • Result: Success! I have cross promotions and giveaways scheduled in November and beyond, although I may have an open slot for a cross promotion in November (waiting to hear back from someone). I should be able to fill it rather quickly. As usual for the holiday season, available cross promotions and giveaways are slowing down. Shrug.

November 2019 Goals

  1. Book Four of The Clan-Vampire Clash (title TBD): Continue working on the comments from line editing. Get through Chapter 32. Stretch goal: Get through Chapter 38.
  2. Season three of Sam's story (Troupe-only side story): Deliver Chapter 12, part 2, to the Troupe, my readers group. Fully edit Chapter 13 and have it ready to go to the Troupe in December.
  3. Work on closing out the launch of A Brush with Blood, including modifying the series launch plan as needed. Stretch goal: Close out the launch completely.
  4. Close out first round of Amazon ads with well-researched keyword lists. Monitor and adjust as needed.
  5. Schedule cross promotions and giveaways into December and beyond as possible. Fill potential cross promotion opening in November.

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


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