This is part of the Bittersweet Book Launch case study, where Dan Blank and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore share the yearlong process of launching her novel. You can view all posts here.
I am prepping for my next conversation with Miranda, and this is the agenda:
- Discussing her next book (wait – what!? We are still months away from the release of this book. Always looking ahead…)
- Preparations for an upcoming meeting with her publisher, ensuring she has everything she needs for them, and if I can provide any resources for her.
- The redesign of her website, which still has a 2007 copyright at the bottom.
- Reviewing her 28 page Author Questionnaire
- Updates on the progress of FriendStories.com
- Discussing her book trailer(s)
On the surface – this seems like we are discussing an insanely wide range of topics. But really, I am focusing on small specific actions for each. And in my role, I am always trying to determine what is NOT on Miranda’s plate. EG: asking her a few key questions around the direction of her website so that I can take action, and she can COMPLETELY forget about it for awhile.
Most authors I speak to describe their mood as “overwhelmed,” and with the list above, I can’t say I blame them. But in the process of working with Miranda, so much of it is about prioritizing and asking key questions. Hopefully she doesn’t read this post before our meeting, she may freak out!