July 1, 2013

Write. Market. Survive. -- ROW80 Round 3 Goals

Wow, July 1 already. How did that happen?

Today marks the beginning of Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days. This round I have returned to the sponsorship duties I so enjoyed last year. So, I look forward to catching up with everyone.

For those who don't know, A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) is "the writing challenge that knows you have a life" spearheaded by the amazing Kait Nolan. From the ROW80 website:

We are all different and we all have different demands on our time.  Why should we all have the same goal?  The simple answer is that we shouldn’t.  If you want to be a writer, then you have to be able to roll with the punches and adapt to your changing circumstances.  If that means changing your goals when your life blows up, so be it.  ROW80 is the challenge that champions the marriage of writing and real life.

At the beginning of each round, we state our goals and then post updates on Sundays and Wednesdays. Then, the best part begins. Support and encouragement. It's an amazing group, and one that has meant a lot to my writing journey.

Without further ado...

Round 3 Goals

Write. Write. Write.

It sounds so simple. Sit down and write. I have Tala Prophecy, Book 2 in my head. But, I need it on paper. Slight kink in my plan... the girls and I leave Friday, 7/5 for a cross-country car trip from North Carolina to California.

Any suggestions on how to write and drive at the same time?

Seriously, it will be a challenge. Guess I'll be burning the midnight oil in hotel rooms.

Market Chasing Memories

Such excitement to hit publish. But, then the selling part begins. I believe in my book, but I'm uncomfortable at best with being a saleswoman. However, I have some upcoming events.

First up, the Sizzling Summer Giveaway hosted by YA Bound. Check it out here. The event is touring several books and authors and giving away two completed filled Kindles. One with YA titles, and one with NA titles.

Then, it's my Book Blog Tour with Tribute books. Check out my blog tour stop page. I have worked with Tribute books for over a year doing reviews and love them. Nicole Langan is amazing.

As part of the Tribute tour, I have ten posts (interviews & guest posts) to prepare. My goal is to be done before I crawl into the car Friday morning. Wish me luck!!

But, there's a lot more work to be done on the marketing side. A lot of that involves research. Just another way I'll be burning the midnight oil in hotel rooms (and hoping for cheap Internet connections -- or, GASP, Internet connections at all). My goal is to research marketing opportunities for twenty minutes a day... no more. Limiting Internet time is the only way I'll end up having time to write.

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh... I almost forgot--I'm so excited to attend my first Chasing Memories book club on Wednesday, 7/17 in Colorado. Thanks, Amy!!


After surviving a couple of blog challenges, I am returning to my MWF schedule with Sunday ROW80 posts as well. 

To make it fun, I will be doing a Flat Stanley inspired theme using my Chasing Memories marketing postcards. For each stop on my cross-country drive, I will post a picture with the CM postcard and a story.

I hope you are all more excited about this feature than my dog was today...

Wishing everyone the best with Round 3! 

Can't wait to reconnect and give back to this community after a bit of a hiatus with my own Life drama. 


Steph Beth Nickel said...

Have a wonderful trip . . . and all the best keeping up with your writing and researching goals while you're out and about. I, too, am once again enjoying the role of ROW80 sponsor. Isn't it great!

Kim Switzer said...

Sounds like a great batch of goals! Have a great Round 3!

Your new book sounds so good. I just added it to my "want to read" list on Goodreads and put it on my wishlist on Amazon. I have a few other things in line first, but this sounds like something right up my alley. Let me know when you're doing your promotions, etc. so I can share links.

Elise Fallson said...

Love the CM postcard! And guess what I ordered a few days ago...I can't wait to get it!!!!! (;

Eden "Kymele" Mabee said...

What a fun trip, Tia (yes, I know, it sounds a bit less "fun" because you have so many things to deal with at the moment, but I'm sure you're going to be delighted with the results once it's over).

Have fun... Chasing Memories!

Wendy Lu said...

Hi Tia! :) I used to do ROW80 but the time went by too fast (or maybe I couldn't keep up...*probably* the latter haha) so I had to give the blog schedule a rest and blog at my own pace. I love to watch other ROW80ers update their progress, though!

Enjoy your cross-country car trip! I live in North Carolina, so I especiall hope you have fun during your time here. :D Best of luck with your writing, marketing and blogging goals!

Gosh, reading your post makes me miss ROW80. Maybe I'll get back into it and just post updates on Sundays or something. :)

~Wendy Lu

The Red Angel Blog

gypsyharper said...

Looks like you have some great goals lined up. Marketing is definitely one of the things that scares me the most about writing - it does not come naturally to me at all. Sounds like you have some great strategies in place though.

Have fun on your trip!

Carrie Butler said...

Those are some excellent goals, Tia! :)

Tia Bach said...

Steph - Thanks! Sponsors unite. ;-)

Kim - Can't wait to hear what you think. I would love some shares, so I'll keep you updated. Thanks.

Elise - *squeal* SO excited to get your take on the end.

Eden - Love your connection with CM.

Wendy - We'd love to have you back. ;-)

Gypsy - And I always thought the writing was the hardest part. Nope, that would be marketing. At least for me.

Carrie - Thanks!