Newbie Tips with @aprilzyon

Hello and happy Wednesday darlings! I know that I’m not a newbie but I swear I need a billboard inside of my bedroom with these tips, and have needed them from the start of my career so I hope that you take them with the love and advice that they are intended.

They are only intended to be tips, not a full on “DO THIS” or “THIS IS THE ONE TRUE WAY!” guide.

So here goes.

Let me be upfront with you all first and foremost.

I am the single most unorganized person you will ever in the history of ever meet in your life. I’m so not kidding. I wish I was but I’m not.

So here we go. Here is the list that I’ve been building since I began to write, one that I wish I had when I started writing.

organization

Okay my first piece of advice….

Get yourself either a portable memory drive or sign up for OneDrive, Dropbox or something similiar and create the following folders.

  • Covers  
    • Do a folder for each publisher you work with, and if you self publish, a folder for that as well
    • If you write series – do a separate folder for each series you write
  • Contracts  
    • Do a folder for each publisher you work with, and if you self publish, a folder for that as well
  • Edits
    • If you write series – do a separate folder for each series you write
  • ARCs
    • If you write series – do a separate folder for each series you write
  • ARCs sent to reviewers
  • Reviewers that have responded (this is important because you don’t want to continue to send books out to people that don’t put reviews up for your books. That’s money out of your pocket and they aren’t even giving you a review in return.)
  • YEAR ?
    • QUARTER 1 EARNINGS
    • QUARTER 1 SPENDING
    • QUARTER 2 EARNINGS
    • QUARTER 2 SPENDING
    • QUARTER 3 EARNINGS
    • QUARTER 3 SPENDING
    • QUARTER 4 EARNINGS
    • QUARTER 4 SPENDING

****PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL WANT TO DO A FOLDER FOR EACH YEAR AND A FOLDER FOR EACH QUARTER — YOUR ACCOUNTANT WILL THANK YOU AND YOU WILL THANK YOURSELF LATER — yes, I meant to type all in caps because taxes are so not to be screwed around with!

Now then, you will also want to get yourself a couple of good close people who will be your Alpha and Beta reader. Have them sign a NDA (non-disclose agreement) to protect yourself and your work as well as them. **I linked a very basic NDA to rocketlawyer here.**

Another thing you will also want to do is backup your work – often. (Hence the dropbox, onedrive, Google Docs, the portable storage device etc)

Keep timestamps on everything that you do. Seriously you have no idea when this might come in handy!

Again, keep yourself organized from the moment that you start and you should be good.

Me, I’m still trying to pull myself out of the mess that I started five years ago and I’m still crying like a baby. I’m still trying to find that inner organized space, its there but I just don’t know where.

So that’s my hope for you all today – that you are organized and find that my mistakes are your cautionary tales and you learn from them.

Now, on to the best part of Wednesday – well besides the fact that half the week is over…


These come from “The Worlds Hottest Men” on Facebook – make sure to give them some love!

2 thoughts on “Newbie Tips with @aprilzyon

  1. All helpful points, April. Any advice like this is only beneficial. While this particular method may not work for everyone – like anything else we put on the blog – it’s a great starting point to help find what does work. Although I will admit I’m even more anal about all my tax stuff than this. I have hard copies in triplicate, multiple e-copies saved in three different places in various folders, and then I keep all my original emails neatly tucked in two different folders. Overkill – maybe, but better safe than sorry LOL! I fear the taxman, and that fear has made me highly over cautious.

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