Book in a Year Planner
A daily planner for all your organizational needs, focused on finally finishing that book you've been promising yourself you'll write.
The world offers lots of planners.
But none like this.
Don’t get us wrong. Plenty of great planners exist in the world, and you should use the planner that works best for your needs.
This planner -- our planner – is for writers.
The Book in a Year Planner is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tool for organizing your time, effort, story, and promotion to get your book finished and ready to go out into the world.
It has all the features of a regular planner (more on that in a bit), so you don’t have to use this and your regular daily organizing tool. But at its heart is a process for writing your masterpiece over the course of 12 months.
If that sounds awesome to you great! It sounds pretty awesome to us, too.
But enough rah-rah. Here’s the details.
What’s in it?
Good question. We’re glad you asked. Here’s the table of contents (page numbers tbd)
1. Opening Material -- “This belongs to” page, title page, front art, that sort of thing.
2. Book Planning Pages -- Space for top-level brainstorming, conceptualizing, engineering, plotting, pacing, characterization, setting thoughts, theme ideas. It also includes a brief workspace based on Larry Brooks’s Story Engineering process.
3. Book Promotion Pages -- Space to develop a plan for connecting with the core and secondary audiences for your book, and setting up a social media platform. Whether you plan to self-publish or go the traditional route, a year of this work will put you two giant steps ahead.
4. Personal Development Pages -- No planner is complete without space for you to noodle on and commit to your personal goals. This is a complete planner.
5. Quarter One Art by Jeb Brack. Stil in sketches at this point, but stay tuned for an update with examples.
6. Quarter One Space for planning work on your novel, building your promotion plan, and developing your personal growth.
7. Month-view Page followed by weekly detail pages for January, February, and March. Just for fun, we're including weekly writing prompts to help keep those creative juices flowing.
8. Items 5-7 for Quarters Two, Three, and Four. With new art for each quarter so you'll know what season it is.
9. Copious space in the back for notes.
Why do it?
Most writers I’ve worked with (and I’ve worked with a lot of writers) have one problem in common: they’re not sure how to finish their book.
I don’t mean they don’t know how it ends. I don’t mean they can’t get through the middle parts without sagging. I mean they’re not sure how to master and organize their time to make the incremental progress needed to get from page one to page done.
At least, that’s true of me without the tools to make it happen.
I spent all of 2016 trying out different planners in tandem, landing on a specific one that was perfect for organizing my time and tasks.
I spent all of 2017 (so far) listing the things that planner lacks that a writer really needs.
And in 2018 I’m sharing the result of that planner with everybody who wants one.
Less frustration. More writing.
How do you like them (well planned and organized) apples.
Who Are These Guys?
The Book in a Year planner is the work of three people.
Jason Brick is the driving force. The “I” when you see the word “I” on this page. Jason is a professional freelance writer who has finished over 20 books, and speaks internationally teaching writers how to write, organize their time, and promote their work.
Jeb Brack is a freelance writer and artist, the brains behind the Studs Fedora webcomic, and GURPS GM extraordinaire. His feedback to Jason helped the planner become a reality, and he’s doing all the artwork for the pages. If you love his work, check out the Artsy backer level and get a customized, personalized frontispiece.
Larry Brooks is our Professor Emeritus. Best-selling author, writing conference keynote speaker, writer of the indispensable Story Engineering and Story Fix. Larry coaches and instructs writers and has done so for over a decade. His talks fill up all over the country, and his methods for designing and building books have resulted in over a thousand published novels.
Excellent! Back us and get your planner! We have most of the layout already set up, just need to add dates and writing prompts. We will close the campaign on November 5th and ship late November so you will definitely receive yours in time to use it for the new year.
Risks and challenges
Honestly, we have this one pretty well sorted.
We have a full prototype that needs the following additions:
*Adding actual dates, and triple/quadruple checking them for accuracy.
*Generating another hundred or so writing prompts.
*Inserting Jeb’s art and Larry’s introduction.
*Final tweaking of spacing and fonts to make it pretty.
*Adding the backer thanks page.
We have a printer lined up who can deliver a couple of weeks after we push the go button.
So really the only things that could go wrong are to do with the team.
We’re all professional people with families, so if one of our kids breaks his arm in a freak Zamboni accident that might set us back by a week or two.
But we have a team instead of a person to help handle just that sort of thing. So even that’s sorted.
I’ve personally seen three successful Kickstarter campaigns to fruition, and Jeb has been involved in several others. We’ve got this, and if we need help we will go and get it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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