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Try this method of time management for writers

Try this method of time management for writers

I bookmarked ‘This Google Employee Has a Brilliant Time Management Strategy‘ with every intent to never read it, or any of the other 45,879 articles I’ve bookmarked. But I’ve been struggling with scheduling recently. Like in the last 14 years. Something about the article called out to me and it kept creeping into my head. The kind of creep that’s usually reserved for cat videos or Late Night clips. So I rolled my eyes at myself and read it.

Color me impressed, with a shade of hero worship thrown in. Jeremiah Dillon has done something special here. He’s taken a few dozen good ideas about time management, many of which you’ve probably read about, and he’s compressed it into an email that just plain makes sense. I won’t quote from the post too liberally. Please go read it if you’re looking for a refresh on your weekly schedule. But his ideas are captured well with this general calendar:

Monday: Energy ramps out of the weekend — schedule low-demand tasks like setting goals, organizing, and planning.

Tuesday, Wednesday: Peak of energy — tackle the most difficult problems, write, brainstorm, schedule your Make Time.

Thursday: Energy begins to ebb — schedule meetings, especially when consensus is needed.

Friday: Lowest energy level — do open-ended work, long-term planning, and relationship building.


Always bias your Make Time toward the morning, before you hit a cycle of afternoon decision fatigue.

Yes, yes and yes. This looks like a breakdown of my inner week — you know, the one that makes the work week a success or wretched. Make Time is the term used to define the time where you, well, make. No meetings. No phone calls. No bill paying.

Do you need a time management refresh? What do you think of this idea? Let us know in the comments!

Enter the BookElves Anthology giveaway and read the latest Shirley Link!

Enter the BookElves Anthology giveaway and read the latest Shirley Link!

I’ve teamed up with some of the best Middle Grade authors around on the BookElves Anthology Volume 2! The anthology is packed with holiday short stories by, well, me, Jemima Pett, S.W. Lothian and more. My short story is titled, Shirley Link & The Clueful Christmas. In it, Shirley grapples with the holiday blues as her friends design a treasure hunt in hopes of cheering her up. It was a blast to write!

Enter to win a softcover copy of the book on Goodreads! The giveaway ends on November 26th. Go ahead and tell your friends, too. That’s the Christmas spirit!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

BookElves Anthology Volume 2 by Jemima Pett

BookElves Anthology Volume 2

by Jemima Pett

Giveaway ends November 26, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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You’ve arrived, WriteAnglers! Here’s your resource page.

You’ve arrived, WriteAnglers! Here’s your resource page.

Greetings WriteAnglers!

I’m writing this before I get to meet you, but I’m sure I had a great time. You’re my people!

I just wanted to give you some easy links to some of the stuff I either mentioned, or intended to mention…

First, here’s a great cheat sheet by Facebook on writing ad copy.

Second, here is Mark Dawson’s course on building your newsletter list.

Third, here’s my post on how Twitter recommends you promote your tweets.

And finally, here’s a comprehensive list of WordPress themes that authors can use to sell books.

You can browse through all of my posts about online book promotion here.

Comment on any of my posts if you have questions and I’ll get back to you quickly.

Good luck and have fun!


P.S.  I promised I’d share the blog tour company I used. Here they are!

If you use them, please let them know I sent you!

Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments.


Join John Logsdon and me every week for the author podcast, You Should Be Writing!

Join John Logsdon and me every week for the author podcast, You Should Be Writing!

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Humor author John Logsdon and I are having a blast with our new author podcast!

It’s called You Should Be Writing! (With the exclamation point! Just because!) We’re up to episode 14 and each one has been more fun to do than the last. Does that mean that each one is better than the last? Absolutely not even a little bit, no.

After having such a good time on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing podcast, (with Lindsay Buroker,  Joseph Lallo and Jeffrey M Poole) JL and I decided to try out this podcasting stuff on our own. Are we good at it? Not yet! But we have some good info on everything self-publishing.

We discuss the indy book publishing world and all of its peaks, valleys, oceans and trolls under bridges. Reviews, newsletter sign ups, the newest gurus, the latest tools… we have it all. We do the podcast every Friday (though we’ve missed a few over the hectic summer). If you want to keep up to date and maybe even show up for the taping, just Like our YouTube page.

Thanks. We hope you enjoy You Should Be Writing! Now go on and get some writing done, will you?



The Shirley Link Box Set is now available for your Kindle!

The Shirley Link Box Set is now available for your Kindle!

Great news for you Kindle lovers out there. The first three Shirley Link books are now available in one box set!

$2 for 300 pages of adventures!

This boxed set includes:

Shirley Link & The Safe Case
Someone stole thirty thousand dollars, which is bad enough. But the thief also took the one-ton safe that stored the cash! How is that even possible? Shirley and friends need to find out if they want to save their favorite school principal from getting axed.

Shirley Link & The Hot Comic
Someone is after a mint copy of The Avengers #1, worth over $100k. He’s taunting the police with notes about when he’ll pull off the heist. Whoever is behind the notes also wants to pull Shirley into a battle of the brains. Can she outwit a brilliant, determined criminal and save Thor, Hulk and Iron Man from his plot?

Shirley Link & The Treasure Chest
Shirley proves how rewarding it is to get out of the house and explore. During a casual stroll through her town’s sewers (don’t ask) she stumbles on evidence that Shelburne Falls’ underground is hiding something. But what? As she digs deeper she finds evidence that a pirate’s treasure is waiting to be found. Can she work through the clues and unearth the fortune?

So fill your kid’s Kindle up with Shirley Link! Keep your eyes open for more Shirley this holiday season…