The Checklist to make my dreams come true
August 20, 2011
Gather scattered notes, snippets of story, etc, into one massive document. TODAY. RIGHT NOW. Stop blogging, Alicia and do it.
Research: complete timeline
421-end of Thucydides by 9/1/11
Write each personâ€™s story (snowflake)
Look at overall arc, etc. Fix.
Start at beginning and make sure every single thing works w completed ending. delete excess. find holes.
fix/review as a whole
other readers: Mom, Dad, friend, brother-in-law who expressed interestâ€¦
have a one sentence â€œwhat is this book aboutâ€ elevator speech prepared so they understand what the book is about, what theyâ€™re getting into.
make reading instructionsâ€“what to look for, what to mark, etc.
post on twitter, facebook, family website, and in emails that Iâ€™m looking for readersâ€¦
review comments, make changes
find an editor (Melâ€™s network?, former coworkers from my old copyeditor job?)
cover design,Â page design
ebook (kindle, nook, etc) publish
print (createspace) publish
query (publishers and agents)
how to write a query letter
write a letter
who to send it to
Mormon Mafia mailing
Gauntlet mailing (throw down the gauntlet to those writers i admireâ€¦)
bookrooster reviews? or similar service
ARCs to reviewers/bloggers
blog book tour
Admittedly, itâ€™s the section Iâ€™m in nowâ€“the actual writingâ€“that is the most vague, and therefore more challenging to actually accomplish, but it is more concrete in my head.
What do you think I should add or change?