My good friend and I had a brief coffee break planned this week to discuss how I can better utilize social media and get more awareness for my middle grade adventure novel, Project Cat's Away.
It started as planned, and then digressed into a bazillion dollar idea. That's right. A Bazillion Dollar Idea.
Obviously, we were both immediately on board with making zillions and zillions of dollars and working with a close friend was the cherry on top of the sundae. We worked hard. An hour-long meeting turned into two, then three. We brainstormed. We skipped lunch. We did extensive maths. (Calculators were involved and everything!) We manipulated images and played with layouts in Photoshop... everything was perfect.
Until we realized The Bazillion Dollar Idea already exists.
We spent three hours developing a concept we could have ruled out with one simple google search.
We didn't put the first things first.
Sometimes, there are so many things you need to do to make a project viable it can be difficult to see what order of actions makes the most sense. You have no choice but to jump in, head first, and let the chips fall where they may. But, most of the time, we can save ourselves a lot of headaches by putting the first things first.