A Simple Plan for Managing and Completing a Content Project

A Simple Plan for Managing and Completing a Content Project

A Simple Plan for Managing and Completing a Content Project. At that point, my writing and editing business was less than a year old, and I had never written anything that resembled a book. I’m going to share that plan with you today, so you can adapt it to any type of content project you’d like to finish by the fall. Select the right topic Writing an ebook could easily take a year or two … or five. Set final deadlines On July 1, I set these deadlines … August 1: complete draft August 15: complete editing September 1: complete design September 8: complete guest posts for promotion September 15: launch ebook As you can see, I had a pretty weak promotion strategy. Work on weekly goals After I marked my calendar with my final deadlines, I outlined weekly goals for how I was going to meet them. It’s possible to have a flexible attitude each week and still finish everything by your final deadlines. My website didn’t have a blog How embarrassing is this? I missed out on a lot of opportunities to build my audience (and business) but came to my senses about a year later when I was ready to blog regularly. What’s your next project?

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On June 20, 2009, I was reading Copyblogger and I got a new idea: I should write an ebook.

At that point, my writing and editing business was less than a year old, and I had never written anything that resembled a book.

Could I actually do it?

I knew I wanted to try, so I established a plan on July 1 that would help me write, design, and self-publish an ebook on my website by September 15.

I’m going to share that plan with you today, so you can adapt it to any type of content project you’d like to finish by the fall. You’ll also learn some habits I like to avoid when there is a specific goal I want to accomplish.

Select the right topic

Writing an ebook could easily take a year or two … or five.

But launching it as soon as possible was an important step for my business. The ebook would help:

The last bullet point above was especially critical because I didn’t have my own blog yet. I’ll explain that in a bit.

In order to complete the project by the end of the summer, I decided to create a short guide to avoiding common writing mistakes.

If I had chosen a more complex topic, either the quality would have suffered or I wouldn’t have been able to release it on September 15.

Carefully select a project you have the time and resources to finish.

Set final deadlines

On July 1, I set…

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