Friday, April 1, 2011

Your DAILY Routine As An Author

Yes, I said it: daily routine. As an author you should be doing something every day to promote your book(s). I'm not saying you have to spend eight hours per day promoting your work. Most authors simply don't have time for that. But how about an hour per day? Yes, one hour. Send some emails, tweet away, interact on Facebook, participate on Goodreads and forums--you know, all that good stuff.

What's that you say, you don't even have one hour to spare? It's time to prioritize! There has got to be something you can remove from your schedule to make room for an hour of book promotion. Take a moment and write down your schedule and take a long, hard look at it. See anything there that doesn't need to be?

You and I both know that you'll eventually miss a day (I know I certainly have), but that's okay. Just move on. There's always tomorrow. Tomorrow becomes today--and that just happens to be right now. So what are you going to do (or what have you done) to promote your book(s) today? Seriously, tell me...

P.S. Of course, all of this is in addition to writing daily!


  1. I'm still working on the writing daily part!

  2. That's a good thing to work on, Pam. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

  3. Good point. I will get moving

  4. I do have a daily routine because I'm just a nerd that way.

    I don't do my hour (or so) all in one sitting. I think responding to folks is extremely important so I take a quick peak at Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads, two or three times a day. That way I can get back to commenters or posters quickly. I try to answer emails immediately.

    I check my rankings, my site traffic and my ad performance each morning, too.

    I'm still learning about marketing, so some days I take some time to research and investigate new opportunities.

    Then I write or edit every afternoon.

  5. My six-step daily routine:

    1. Push the power button on my laptop
    2. Robotically make my way to the Keurig
    3. Pop in a BOLD K-cup while coaxing my eyes open.
    4. Sip the steamy-black-creative-caffeine-juice
    5. Wait for the fog to clear
    6. !ZipBangBoom! I'm ready to write...
    (Sometimes I remember to eat)

    I haven't started the promoting stage yet. I suppose I have to finish my books first. lol
    Thanks for the great post, JJ.

  6. Paula: That's what I like to hear! :)

  7. C.E.: LOL! Great sense of humor. Keep writing...and remember to eat!