An organizer – who is not only savvy about organizing, but someone with a lot of energy and… who is willing to take on the
bulk of the work. No matter how much you believe that everyone will pitch in
and help, most of the group are only going add so much. They want to be led,
told what to do, how and when. If you have a vision of how everything should
work, you better be willing to either take charge yourself, because of your
experience, or join with someone who has done this before and knows the ropes.
different collections and there’s one thing I’ve learned that is inarguable. No
matter which group you join, to succeed, there has to be one person who takes the reins and
makes the decisions.
Heroes, we managed to split the tasks such as designing the cover, formatting
all the books, uploading to different venues, setting up promotions, twitter
blast, Facebook page setup, organizing a cookbook and have one girl take charge of the bookkeeping.
I’m sure there were a lot more chores but these were the main ones that I can
relied on the know-how of the experienced authors who had been involved in an
earlier set. Thank goodness they had that knowledge or we’d never
have been able to organize ourselves. This first bundle was a huge learning
curve and I sucked the information up like a dry chamois.
helpful, I have no doubt the group would have fallen apart. As it was, we didn’t
hit any lists, but we did learn what we needed to do the next time to ensure it
Fire. This time there were 20 authors involved and we had a skilled leader.
Right off, I noticed the difference. She had rules. We were all expected to
write a new novella, no exceptions. She had a cover ready so there were no on-going
discussions about it taking up valuable time. There was a marketing plan in place, a
budget set up and every one of us was expected pay up and to perform our
parts. This lady knew what was needed for us to hit the New York Times and she
fully intended for it to happen. Considering the rest of us were as hungry as
she was, there was no problem getting the girls on board.
Whether or not we all performed at the same level of
energy on the daily social media grind is neither here nor there, but we were all required to complete a certain number
of chores and weren’t really given any choice other than which day or what time.
I have no doubt, that this expectation is what made us achieve the sales that
we needed to succeed.