I decided at the beginning of the year that this would be the year of my first collection, and that I would hand-make my books. We're half way through May and it hasn't all gone entirely to plan. Some books started, the collection put together as an e-book and sent off to someone for comment. He liked the first half but I think he didn't read the second. So I've put together a proper action plan, with sub-goals and deadlines and all that stuff. To be launched into when I've finished administering the competition and the poems have gone to the judges, ie after Queens Birthday weekend. So here's more or less how it goes:
Overall goal: to complete my collection and launch it in December
Sub-goal 1) ask 3 more people to comment and offer their thoughts on the collection
Deadline: June 15
Sub-goal 2) finish 10 hand-made books I've started so I can transfer the poems into them.
Deadline: 2 per month from June to November inclusive (extra month for contingency)
Sub-goal 3) get quotes for having 100 copies printed, for people who can't afford (or don't want to buy) original one-of-a-kind versions of the collection.
Deadline: 31 October
Sub-goal 4) organise a launch
Deadline: 1 December
So there. I'm going to copy this out and give it to members of The Academy, so they can chase me up and make sure I follow through and give me support and poke me when I feel like giving up. Now it's on the interweb I have to do it.