Over the years, I’ve had different ways of remembering important dates and duties. First, it was pen and hand—literally ink on palm. Then it progressed to sticky notes and a day planner. Eventually, I chose a wall calendar and then a dry erase board and now a phone.
I honestly have to whip out my cell in the morning to double-check my schedule for the day. I’ve also resorted to accessing my calendar during phone calls, Zoom meetings, and in doctor’s offices because I can’t keep dates straight in my head. Of course, it’s not all my stuff. I also put in things like the kids’ activities and birthday reminders.
Sometimes I’m afraid that my phone will up and die. And that even though I back up my calendar, I’ll lose everything and forget about a super important event. Like a book deadline. (Thankfully, hasn’t happened yet.) In fact, I’m on hold status after having turned in Book 2, Hot Pot Murder, in my upcoming series.
Due to this lull, I’ve recently been working on a proposal.
No, not that kind. Although, come to think of it, congrats to J.C. Kenney on his 31st anniversary!
Anyway, I’m talking about a series proposal, which I didn’t know about for the longest time. Guess I wasn’t properly pitching my series before. In fact, the L.A. Night Market Mysteries deal resulted from a brief written pitch. Gratuitous promo: Death By Bubble Tea (Book 1) comes out on July 5th, and you can preorder it now.
A proper series proposal consists of a whole package, including the synopsis, blurbs for the next books in the series, and sample chapters. I’m indebted to the amazing Ellen Byron and fantastic Sherry Harris for providing me with sample templates, so I can appear semi-competent when sending it to my agent.
To be honest, I’m starting to feel nervous about the proposal. If things do work out, will I be able to juggle different series throughout the year? I mean, I can barely keep track of my appointments!
How do you juggle activities—and keep track of them all?