I’m considered by most to be a Type-A personality, anal retentive, and organized. Well, not organized in the sense of being neat and tidy, but when my husband wants information about the cars, his boat, a bank account, etc., I have a file for it and I know where the file is. I make lists. I feel I’m flexible (to a degree), but I usually accomplish whatever I set as a goal.
I say all that because I’m going in circles right now. I have two books coming out, back to back, in June and July. This is the time to get started with publicity. This is the time to set up a blog tour, get the books sent out for reviews, create a newsletter to send to fans and libraries, plan a release party, plan, plan, plan… I know all that, and I work a little on one part of the package, then another part, and pretty soon I have notes all over the place, and partially written news releases, and I have no idea what one note means or where I put the information I needed for ordering more books, or…
I’m a mess.
Thank goodness I hired a virtual assistant, Florence Price, last year to help me, and she’s doing her part, but I need some sort of data base or spreadsheet or something that will pull all of this together. Something that resembles a calendar but has enough room to include notes, email addresses, a description of what I’m doing, room to put alerts so I know when I need to send something out and to whom. So far I’ve started Excel spreadsheets, and they’re better than nothing, but I’m wondering what other writers use. What do businessmen and women use to keep everything straight?