Things were going pretty well, then I checked my e-mail and things went awesome.
The waking up early part isn’t working for me, but the Miracle Morning routine is. It brings a clarity and focus and kickstart to my days that’s really amazing. At night, I’m finding myself eager to get to sleep, and wanting to be refreshed, for the great morning experience. I can’t recommend it enough.
We’re in the run-up to what might be a new record hot for Phoenix, but it’s always nice and comfortable indoors (as long as the power doesn’t go out). I managed to get some good work done during the day, but as has been typical, I got more done after everyone else went to bed. Then I checked my e-mail and found a treasure I’ve been seeking for a long time, and it was better than I imagined.
Angel of Death
My proofreading checks are finally complete, and I got the book off to the proofing readers. Right now, if I had to go with just one automated proofreader, it would be Grammarly. It caught several things that I’m pretty sure my humans wouldn’t. Unfortunately, because it is online, it is a bit of a pain to work with sometimes; the interface needs a mouse to work well, and getting more detail on its suggestions seems to require a trip to the server and is s-l-o-w. I hope that LanguageTool improves soon, and I wonder if (shudder) it might be worth looking at Microsoft Word.
For a long time, I’ve wanted to be able to display the progress of my books on my website, on the pages of books in progress and in the sidebar. It isn’t terribly difficult to make them manually, but updating manual versions is a pain. Various WordPress plugins kind of do some of that, but none were ever close enough to keep.
In my e-mail today, I found an invitation to use MyBookProgress, from Author Media, the makers of the excellent MyBookTable plugin that I use and recommend. I looked at their page, and I instantly knew it was what I had been looking for. It has the progress bar, of course, but also writing phases, with tracking by words, chapters, scenes, pages, or just percentages. You can assign a book cover for it to display, and it integrates with their MyBookTable plugin to automatically put progress information on the book page. It automatically generates status updates for your blog or social media. It has a NaNoWriMo mode. It tracks and displays deadlines, and it even has a progress dashboard to show you trends like which day of the week is most productive. It also integrates with MailChimp or other mailing lists so people can sign up to be notified of book progress. My only complaint is that the free version is limited to tracking one book at a time. The paid version, however, is only $19, and it adds the ability to track multiple books, the capability for readers to “nudge” authors to show interest in the book, as well as sending you daily or weekly e-mails reporting your progress and deadlines.
In short, it’s better than the best writing progress tracking plugin I ever imagined, and I can’t recommend it enough. I stayed up extra late to add it to my website and my workflow, and it is as great in practice as it looked on paper.
If you’re an author, check it out!