I’ve already written an article on how to make a realistic writing schedule. Now I want to talk about a kind publishing schedule.
I used to find publishing days very stressful. I don’t like social media, and while I have a Twitter I don’t enjoy using it. I tried Instagram, I hated it, the only social media I enjoy is TikTok… whoopsie. The idea of marketing my writing still makes me cringe, I cannot wait for the day I can afford to pay somebody to do it for me. Ugh, now that’s the dream!
In the meantime, I’m here alone so I decided to do what I do best… not advertising my writing. I want to make money from my writing but currently, the pressure of marketing isn’t worth the toll it takes on my health. My first step was to build a sustainable writing routine. Now I’m working on a sustainable publishing routine. Next up is the marketing routine… I promise! I’ll figure it out soon but I’m taking baby steps to make sure that I won’t burn out. I’ve been advertising Imposter’s Guide more in general… so at least there’s that. I’m even linking relevant articles when I remember to, so I’m a little bit proud of myself.
If you have a marketing routine that works for you please feel free to share it, I could use a tip or two. In the meantime, I’m going to share my kind publishing routine.
The first thing I did when setting up my writing goals was figure out how many times per month I would have to publish. As a small one-person business that number is eleven. So I took that number and made it my goal. I built my writing schedule around it as you can see in the kind schedule article.
Next, I’m going to talk about kind publishing. It has everything to do with scheduling so if you’re already doing that you don’t have to read any further. You’ve nailed it! This advice is for Medium writers who still create, edit and publish content every day.
Kind publishing involves working ahead of your schedule. I batch brainstorm, write and edit. I set aside a few hours a week to reach my publishing goals and I don’t move the goal post. I try to write and publish three articles a week. The articles I write get published at the earliest a week after they are written.
I write and edit articles on week one while scheduling them to go out on week two. Often, I’ve given myself so much writing time that I’m ahead of schedule. This article is one I wrote on December 7th and it’s going to be published on January 10th.
Once I’ve brainstormed, written and edited an article I schedule it. Then I forget about it. Now that’s what I call a kind publishing habit.
Working ahead like this means I can take breaks when I need them.
Knowing that I have my publishing schedule nailed down means I can enjoy time off.
As always, I cannot wait to see you on the bookshelf.