Organising RJ ~ Outside the Margins with RJ Scott

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RJ Scott OTM

When I was at Munich I was asked how I keep on top of all my projects and deadlines etc. Up until a few months back I used Excel spreadsheets (and Google Docs spreadsheets). Then quite by chance I found Asana. There is a paid version but for the time being we are using the free version. When I say we, my PA also has access to the online software, and also hubby. Between us we can see where a project is at. In terms of what we might be waiting for (deadlines, blog tours, cover art etc) and what individuals may need to clear (ie me finishing the MS!).

The software I found is called Asana – https://app.asana.com/. It is online, and there are also apps for iPhone and iPad (I haven’t checked Android and Mac, but I am sure there are versions).
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Using this software I can set dates for MS completion and make diary notes for editors and Meredith. I can set cut-off dates for blog posts, and also set more general reminders such as adding sales links to blog pages.

One other benefit is, if you put all your current WIPs into one book project then you can see if there are clashes, or overlaps, and be realistic about when you can get a manuscript done.

The screen capture is for Bodyguards Inc, and shows the kinds of things you can set out to track. When a job is done, for example, the final blurb for Undercover Lovers is due by Monday, then all you do is tick the box. The software remembers the action as done, so you never lose it. Also, you can assign editors, cover artists, blog tours, in fact anything at all in the project. You can even upload cover art, blurbs etc, so there is one place where you keep everything

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Janet and I have been using the software for a couple of months now and I think we’ve only skimmed the surface.

Authors, what do you use to track your writing?

 

~RJ Scott

Bodyguards-4

Title: Undercover Lovers
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Publication Date: 07/31/2015
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

Even if Ross and Kyle make it out of this alive, will the secrets in Kyle’s heart stay safe?

Kyle gets caught up in a case that is entirely unrelated to Bodyguards Inc. Not only does he abruptly need time off, but he has to have absolute trust and complete support from Ross without being able to tell Ross a thing.

CIA Agent Stefan Mortimer needs Kyle’s help with a case of a geneticist and a missing formula. Trouble is being led right to Kyle’s door, endangering the life of the team he has built and the man that he loves.

Going undercover, with Ross as his husband, is the worst kind of torture in so many ways, but it is the only answer. Kyle and Ross may well live through this but Kyle is convinced his heart won’t survive.

Excerpt

Chapter 1

As soon as Max left the room, Kyle reached for the phone. He hesitated, with his fingers an inch from the handset, and listened to its beep indicating a call waiting.

Stefan Mortimer was at the other end of the call. That was a name Kyle hadn’t expected to hear again for a very long time, and the fact the man had contacted Kyle didn’t bode well. Especially considering Kyle thought, his and Stefan’s association had been put to bed a long time ago. A twinge of guilt accompanied the memories. He’d been the one told to leave, he was the one who’d had no choice but to go, but leaving Stefan behind had never sat well with him.

A combination of anxiety and fear fluttered in his chest as he picked up the handset and pressed the button to connect.

Only to be offered a line that was dead.

“Stefan?” Kyle said to the empty air. For a second he held the receiver to his ear, then, very deliberately, replaced the handset in the cradle. Kyle rested his head on his hands, scrubbing his face to clear the tension. When the door opened, he knew it was Ross. He always knew when it was Ross.

“He got cut off,” Ross announced.

Kyle nodded. “So I see.”

Ross sat down in the visitor’s chair directly opposite. “Is he a new client? Should I start a file for him?”

“No, an old….” How could he describe Stefan? Ex-lover, partner, old friend? “Someone I knew.”

Ross eased forward in his chair, his gray eyes bright with interest. “Knew? Like you used your experience as a spy to know?” he asked in his usual inquisitive tone.

“From before,” Kyle said. He was deliberately vague. As he was every time anyone at Bodyguards Inc. skirted near what Kyle used to do for a living. Ross loved to tease that Kyle had been CIA black ops. To be honest, Ross wasn’t that far from the truth—but that had been a long time ago now.

Links

Undercover Lovers on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

About RJ Scott

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway.  She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

Website: www.rjscott.co.uk
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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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