Blogger: Mary Keeley
Publishing business slows down in December. Agents typically don’t shop proposals because they could get lost in an electronic pile somewhere. Editors are busy finishing up current projects in production so they can take time off during the Christmas holidays. For writers and agents this is a good time to get our work and lives in order.
Did Thanksgiving sneak up on you the way it has on me? Yikes . . . and I’m hosting. I had my wake-up call. After a busy year, I need to reorganize. Maybe you do too.
This is my favorite holiday, though. Roasting the turkey with trimmings and baking the pies rekindles the foundational sense of home-and-hearth for me. Unless you have a deadline looming, the long holiday weekend is priority time to focus on family and dear friends that are like family. But come Monday morning, November 26, I’m going to get my end-of-year plan lined up and ready to go in December. Are you with me?
Here are some areas to consider in devising a plan:
- Clean out electronic and paper files.
- Purchase a book on organizing like Smart Office Organizing by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims, or a productivity tool to help you with your plan.
- Brainstorm ways you will continue to build your platform and establish your brand.
- Work up a weekly schedule for 2013 to reserve time for:
- Prayer, praise, guidance, and thanksgiving for the gift and passion God entrusted to you
- Research and reading for pleasure, enrichment, and growth in craft
- Social media
- Writing! In my case, I’ll be reading proposals.
- Time for personal growth, family and friends, recreation—those things that contribute to our whole person.
- Address housekeeping needs on your WIP: read it with fresh eyes. Refine, eliminate every unnecessary word, and proofread for grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.
- Polish your proposal.
It’s good practice to go through this process, even if you think you have a pretty good system. There is always room for improvement, and the review will update you on all facets of your working environment.
Won’t it feel great to begin 2013 with electronic and paper files organized and a new and improved schedule in place?
What did I miss? What are the most urgent tasks you need to tackle between now and the end of the year? What organizing tips can you share that work well for you? And how do you bring the meaning of Thanksgiving into your family tradition?