Cleaning Up a Desk Cluttered with Yellow Notes and Legal Pads…
Amazing how many notes I have on this desk around my internet computer. And I am working to clear those off. For example, I found a note about Motivational Monday idea and then a legal pad where Kris and I worked out the details and the first few videos. Tossed away the note, took the details and transferred them to a notebook where I will actually be keeping track of what videos I have done every Monday and when. I will do it that way for a time, then will transfer that to a spreadsheet at some point.
Remember, first videos for Motivational Monday appear on Monday of this week.
As for all the workshops, been transferring notes to a notebook as well, far more organized. Backing up some of the videos on Drop Box, older other ones just tossing.
On another front, I sat up a sheet of my eating, my milage each day, and my weight each day for the next ten weeks leading up to the Las Vegas Half Marathon in late February. I have lost 6 pounds in the last three weeks and maintained close to five miles of walking a day and have been eating very well. In fact, my biggest splurge on eating was today when I had two Sushi rolls at lunch. About 700 calories. But I made up for the extra calories at dinner so back on pace for the day. So in two weeks I will add in some running, mostly at a couple of New Year’s Fun Charity Runes. Then keep the running in the mix for all of January and into February. Barring injury.
If all goes well, I am going to do another marathon on the second of April. So got that training finally organized. Takes me three weeks of actually doing it before I feel confident enough to actually organize it all on paper.
Cleaning up files on my internet computer as well. These story files are where I bring a new story or novel from my writing computer. I want them very organized for the challenge. And I am going to be adding to my Smith’s Monthly spreadsheet for short stories for all the new ones.
I am going to be adding some fields. I need to know the topic and length of each story. Right now I know the series or character name and which issue it is in and if it was in a collection and which one. But if I am going to do 365 more stories, I also need a topic field and a word length field.
And since I am going to do covers for every story, I’m going to keep track of all of those by the month in folders. So back on the main spread sheet, I also need a field for date written so I can easily find the cover for the story.
Since I don’t mail out stories to markets (I have my own), I don’t need all the stuff that many if not most of you do that keeps track of markets.
So now to a question to many of you who are more advanced. How are you keeping track of sales per title?
I know there are a number of programs out there, wondering if they work. Or if this is just a data entry nightmare? This question is easy if you have less than 50 titles, so don’t bother to answer on that level please. But if you are dealing with over 50 titles selling wide in multiple markets, do you keep track every year of numbers of copies each title sold? I am curious on this how it is being done these days. Haven’t checked in on this question in four or five years, to be honest.
So my Friday evening clean-up is going great. Besides having to spend 15 minutes tossing the ball for Angel (are new white cat who fetches), things are good. Feels good to be in here like this and getting physically and systems read. Still can’t see the glass top of my desk yet through the yellow notes and notebooks, but getting closer.