About a week ago I finally received my first ever proof for my first ever physical creation. I was so nervous and excited to open that package to see what it actually looked like. Surprisingly, I didn’t open the package for at least an hour after holding that box in my hands for the first time.
Were the margins off? Is the type too small? Too big? Is there enough space to write on the lines? Is it too thick? And so on.
I finally did open it up. The margins were fine, the type is a good size, there is plenty of space to write on, and while it is thick, it’s easy to use.
Here it is.
I created it with Createspace, and it is available for sale here on Amazon.com. Check it out and let me know what you think.
But what exactly is the Ultimate Author’s Editorial Calendar and Writing Planner?
It’s a calendar and planner for author’s, writers, freelancers, and other creatives.
Well, it is a lot of things. I like to write things down and to plan things out even if they don’t ever really go as planned. I’ve purchased, downloaded, and created multiple planners and worksheets to try and keep on top of all the projects and tasks I need and want to get to.
The problem was that nothing I found had everything I needed in one thing. I had purchase multiple planners and had tons of pages printed to keep track of various things. Even when my workspace is clean and organized, I’d misplace something. Mostly because I never work only in one place, and often something would get left behind in the kitchen, family room, or the bedroom.
I created these forms and pages within and printed them off and placed them into a binder. I’ve been using them for a few months, and it has been going well. There was only one thing I needed to grab to keep track of all my daily planning and tracking needs, and also keep longer term planning and projects in front of me when needed.
The Ultimate Author’s Editorial Calendar and Writing Planner is essentially these pages I had made for my own use combined into one book. It is big, with 474 pages, that include:
12 undated 2 page monthly calendar pages
12 note pages
12 income and expense trackers and budgeting pages
31 daily task planning pages for each month
10 project planning sheets
10 marketing and sales tracking pages
3 brainstorming and idea lists
2 website/resource trackers
4 contacts pages
2 social media tracking sheets
The pages are simple in design, there is nothing fancy or distinguishing about them at all. And that was done on purpose. We all have different tastes, have different things we need to have in front of us to be productive, my goal was to create something that could be customized but had the basics necessary to get your planning and follow through off to a good start. I hope I’ve delivered that goal, if not, please let me know. You can send me an email at Jen@InfiniteReverie.com and let me know how I can make this better in the future. What works, what doesn’t?
How do I use The Ultimate Author’s Editorial Calendar and Writing Planner?
I’ve just started filling my copy in, and I’ve set it up to begin in March. The first thing I did was add Post-it divider tabs for each month and for each section in the back of the planner. You might notice that the monthly calendar pages have a very large lined area next to the actual calendar. Originally, the calendar squares were larger, but I like to keep a running area of monthly tasks that don’t have a scheduled day yet and it’s also nice to have more room for general notes. As you can see I added a box toward the bottom for a shopping list, a key, and I’ve added a few lists of projects in various stages or categories.
My handwriting is horrible, ignore the messiness of it please, and that is part of the reason for the key. I prefer not to write out full words in my squares, instead using abbreviations, which also helps keep the space within the squares a bit cleaner for multiple projects/tasks. As March gets closer, my month will fill in a lot more.
For the budgeting and income/expense tracking sheets, the first thing I do is write in reoccurring expenses. For me this is Convertkit and Adobe. Then I write in any one time expenses or expected/planned ones. I also calculate my expected freelancing income based on my reoccurring clients. I don’t like to guess what my income is going to be without having a verifiable reason for doing so. I write that part in pencil, so that as things change throughout the month, I can update it accordingly. For the income/expense sheet, I really just write in each item as it happens. If I bought those cool new pens, I’ll write it in. (I also have QuickBooks for all this, but I don’t log into it everyday, it’s nice to have a record right there anyway. You have no idea how many times seeing this has made me think twice about buying this or that just yet. I’m a bit impulsive.)
The daily planning pages are my favorite. I’m a lister, I have to be. I get distracted easily and have a lot going on, which I’m sure a lot of you do too. Before the month begins I fill in the daily pages according to the information on the monthly pages. I start with pencil, because it’s far to easy for things to change yet.
It isn’t filled in too much yet, but as I said, I’m still in the planning phase for March. Tasks that don’t need too much explanation, just get added to the general task list, while others get their own area in the projects section. I do include personal or non-work related tasks, because well, they take up some of my available time. Again there is an area for expenses and income, really only because most of the time I have it open to the current day all day long. The later box is where I will add anything I wasn’t able to get to that day, tasks that now need to be rescheduled.
Unless there is something extremely pressing, the Today’s #1 area won’t get filled in until the day of or the night before. It’s the absolute number one tasks that if nothing else gets accomplished, that must get done spot. As things get done, I’ll mark or highlight it off. It just feels better to visually be able to see things getting done, doesn’t it?
For the pages in the back of the planner, feel free to make copies if need be to be able to keep track of everything you need, as long as it’s for your own use. I’m still in the process of transferring over my open projects and social media information into mine. Because the look inside feature on Amazon only shows the first few pages, I wanted to share some of them with you here.
Update There is now also The Ultimate Monthly Calendar and Daily Planner available now. It has the same great undated monthly and daily planning pages for a whole year, and 12 monthly note pages, but that’s it.
I hope you’ve been able to get a good look at what The Ultimate Author’s Editorial Calendar and Writing Planner is and one way it can be used. If you have any questions or comments, you can email me anytime at Jen@InfiniteReverie.com, contact me though the contact me page, or even leave a comment below.
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