Are You a Publishing and Writing Procrastinator?

I’m often asked: how do you write so much; how have you managed to publish so many books; how do you do what you do?

The answer is: it starts with a timeline and a plan to get there. And not procrastinating about what I want to do.

Today is May 21 – a cold, snowy Tuesday that shouldn’t be happening weather-wise, at least in my world. My latest book arrived from the printer. I love the sharp colors that the cover delivers. I’m humbled by the beautiful design created by Rebecca Finkle, the visionary of F + P Graphic Design. And I now ask: am I ready to do the next stage—the push out?

I’m well past the one for the money; two for the show; three to get ready; and four GO. The full draft for When God Says NO: Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present was done in early February (at least, I thought it was complete); editing completed by mid-March (three of them); layout done in March; oops—another chapter started talking to me in my head and nudged me to include it (I did—hello to my time in Montana) and to the printer the first week in April.Timelines … what and which do you set for yourself? When I work with a client, we start with objectives; I learn about “the book” to come, and we set timelines. When I know when the vision is to have a true book in hand, I can easily work backward and set mark-off months when specific phases must be done.


Timelines … what are yours?

Timelines … they are not for procrastinators … they are for those who have a vision; for those who have a passion; and for those who have a commitment. Is that you?

Does all go smoothly as you progress? Or perfectly? Nope—there are mistakes and a few stumbles along the way. But I persisted. And think about it. If you’ve ever had an infant in your midst, he or she is a master the stumble. Moving from a crawling infant to standing to a stumbling and falling walker to a true master at zipping around on two chubby little feet is a marvel to behold.

Writing and publishing are just like that. You will stumble. You may fall down. You can even become disillusioned. But with your vision; with your persistence; and with the momentum of a goal in sight, you will do it. It’s part of the author and publishing success formulas.

What are your timelines for your writing; your publishing; your marketing; you’re what?





Dr. Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and author of 36 multi-award books. She’s guided over 1,000 authors in creating their books, earned in excess of $3,000,000 in speaking fees based on her books and gathered over $2,000,000 in onsite book sales at her speaking gigs. Her latest book, How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech flips a difficult topic into a simple and easily comprehensible plan. If you want to get into speaking, this is the guide that will be the game-changer to success.




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