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Monday’s Original Unboxing of Author Planners

Who doesn’t love planners, especially planners made specifically for authors and writers. Check out this OLD video that I originally posted on my Facebook Page last year and totally forgot all about. At the time of uploading this video, this planner is no longer available on Amazon – This means this could be a great opportunity for you to create and sell one – learn how in my free course Planner 101 at

NOTE: I realize there are many digital planners out there but I considered those out of scope for this subject. I was only searching for a printed, ready to go planner.


Today we’re going to walk through the right life planner from Rachel Gisele. Now this is out of stock. It’s out of print. I don’t think there are any future versions coming out. And the reason I say that is because this is an evergreen planner, meaning there’s no dates in it, so you have to put your own dates in it and it’s kind of generic that way. So there’s no reason to take it out of print unless you just doesn’t want to offer planners anymore in the future. So I did a flip through of this on my Facebook page back in, I want to say may of last year and totally forgot about it. So since we’re talking about author planners all week, I thought I would share it with you.

Hi everyone. I’m Lisa bestselling coauthor of the snow in her seventh seal series. And on this channel we talk all about romance writing specifically for Newbie and aspiring romance authors. So if this sounds like you are something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I post new videos every Monday. You are interested in creating your own beautiful planner for authors. Then make sure to check out my other channel, which is pretty fabulous designs and they’re, I hope creative entrepreneurs create beautiful digital downloads using Adobe InDesign. 99.9% of the time. We pretty much only talk about planners, so if you have even the slightest inkling in that checkout that channel. I also have a free course called planner one o one which will walk you through the entire thought process of setting up the business of creating planners and thinking about designing and producing them.

Now again, this whole week we’re only talking about physical planners. Like I said before, digital planners are a dime a dozen, like literally there’s almost, there’s over half a million of them right now just on Etsy alone, so I only wanted to focus on physical planners. I wanted to come on and do a quick review of the right life planner by Rachel Kiezel and this was 29 99 from Amazon plus tax and shipping and it’s a self published title. It is a soft back, hardback paperback, paperback. That’s what I’m trying to say. And it is a little odd cause it’s a planner so it doesn’t have spirals, but he’d still wanted to check it out and see what’s in side. So let’s take a look. First thing to know is this is just a standard paperback from Amazon KDP. They’re print on demand so it feels just like that. So you didn’t half by 11 but again it is bound.

So unlike a regular planner that has a spiral, it’s going to be hard to lead those pages for it. You’re really going to have to massage the covers and kind of push it down. So we have a copyright 2017 this planner belongs to. Um, we have a quote from Stephen King, we have pep talk, how to use this planner and that it has two main goals to help you accomplish one of your big writing goals in the next three months. So it’s basically a three month plan, a. And then to help you build a writing life you love full of right life balance and

just Rachael’s picture over here and then your turn. Why are you here? Why did you buy this planner? Um, let’s make a plan. And over here we talk about your 12 week goal and she says, right, all the things, pick one and focus, take your thing and transform it into a goal. So it looks like her system is smart. Well that’s not her. So like everybody’s smart coast. Uh, then she has what’s called hard, um, heartfelt animated, required, difficult in Carb, consistent, accessible, rewarding balance. So I think we’re going to see these as recurring themes throughout here. And then she’s kind of explaining what she means by those. Just break it down into actionable steps. So nothing earth shattering here. So brain dump, all the things focus too. She wants you just to pick one thing to focus on and then she wants you to say why.

And then she wants you to make a promise to focus on this and to sign it and then respect reality. So what are your top three life priorities? What in your life do you have to do? What in your life do you like to do? Where can you make room for writing? Where can you make room to live? What is your best writing routine? How you create a writing habit, how can you respect your writing time? How can you respect your lifetime? My strategies for balance. Um, and then over here we have set your goal and we see that same system again, the smart hard carbs. So I guess smart and hard go towards your goal and it looks like carb is part of building a writing life. So that’s that process. So over here she wants you to write, I will, what your deadline is, why you want to do it and then how you’ll do it.

She’ll, she actually just told you what to do. And then my writing routine, my reward, my reward. So you get to give yourself to rewards one after the session and another one, once you complete the goal and the steps to get there. And hopefully you don’t have a lot, there’s not a lot of room for stuff’s over here. Um, break it down. 12 week goal and she has one month, one, two, three and a biweekly mile marker. Um, so you get I guess two of those I was confused like by weekly, Semi Monthly, I dunno, uh, story gold mountain. So this looks to me like the, um, the plotting a whisper. I don’t know if everyone remembers Martha. She had that plot was birthing, but we have mile marker one, two, three, four, five and six. Um, so month one, I don’t know why month two is bigger.

I think this is just a graphic. Uh, I don’t know if it corresponds to like you should spend more time in month two, I’m not really sure. Yearly Outlook Planning your annual goals from into and then from into after that from and to. So I don’t know if this is a four, a three year goal. I’m on my radar from into, so just a little more direction might’ve been helpful. I’m not sure what that means. Um, free them uses the next section on how to get organized. So story stages, um, keep track of all the stories you’re working on in one place, uh, to her professional tip is to write your stories on a post it, um, to be read pile. Um, places to publish. Oh, so this is more for traditional, uh, my work in process and then notes. So over here we get into story stages, stories to write, stories to revise, stories to publish.

Same thing on both sides of the page. Uh, again, she’s giving you space to write the things that she talked about in that first page. A books you want to read. And then I guess piles, piles. I’m not really sure what this is. So to be read pile and then books to read. I guess you put all of them here. I’m not sure why these are broken up into four places. Maybe she gave us directions in the front. So me to be read. You’ve traveled the folks you want to read. Keep a master list in any order and organize your books into categories. Organize your reading list in conversation with your own writing. Okay, so these, maybe these are categories, these are categories over here. And then you put your folks here. So you take this list and then recategorize over here. Um, places to publish.

So again, this is really, really, um, for traditional and overhear, uh, my work in process one goal at a time and she’s talking about rejection. So if you get a hundred rejections per year, she’s saying that’s about 25 per every three months. Um, I think she’s just trying to be positive and say it’s not a big deal if you get rejected, I’m off on that is kind of just, it’s like I always hate the word bucket list cause it’s so depressing. But that’s just me and my preference. Um, my work in progress at one story to time, but she’s giving you space here on the love to write stuff about your title, Your John Rowe Word Count Synopsis Five scenes. You’re excited to write about characters for one and two, why the story’s important Beta readers and cheerleaders and then just notes on that. And then we jump to the next section.

It’s time to write. So over here we have her telling you to set up a weekly plan, a daily task daily to do reflect and a daily tracker. And over here, she has weekend challenges, drop everything and write day, drop everything and Read Day Five, k marathon day, eight hours writing, creative retreat, whole rate, life workout and right having, and over here she’s told you can go to her website and it looks like we have a blank undated monthly, uh, layout for month one. And then your monthly intentions, your monthly writing focus, life, things happening this month. Things to read, methods to try, ways to love writing. When I need to recharge I will and then start your story. Monthly focus by there’s that thing biweekly again, I’m going to guess it’s like semimonthly or maybe mid month, um, weekly goal life things, how we’ll do it.

Pep Talk, a quote from and then notes. And over here we have start your story. So, um, I’m a little confused. Okay. So this is your focus and it looks like you get one, you get a column for each day of the week. So you pick out your three goals for the day. Did you write yes or no and notes when, where, how, how much, how it felt not good. Awesome. Today, I will read something, a, repeat this week’s quote three times out loud. Write some somewhere new. Organize your writing desk. Consider why am I writing this story? Choose your challenge. So this is a nice layout here for you to track your writing and you know, kind of journal yourself. And then goals, notes and dreams. Just some sections down here. And then over here we have wheat. Month one, week one, reflect progress toward goal. Yes or no.

Uh, this week in my rate life, just a blank spot rate. Life balance, lots of life, lots of writing. How we felt about my right life this week. Not so good. Super Awesome. My successes, lessons learned. Um, dive deeper. So now we’re jumping into week two. So it looks like a rinse and repeat yet for week two. And then for week three and week four. So this must go on for the whole, yeah, that’s right. The whole 12 weeks. And at the end of the 12 re weeks, she has a one pager on monthly analysis and or maybe she just says at the end of every month, I could be wrong. Let’s see, it looks like, yeah, she does a monthly analysis at the end of every month and then, and I guess you just have to start your month on a Monday, whether or not it really really starts on a Monday and then you get another, you must get three of these blank monthly’s and then at the end of it it has a congratulations.

You completed your epic rate life quest and you’ve got this, you’re a happy and productive writer and you do have a balanced writing life. Happy writing. And over here it says analyze picture, picture what it accomplished, what went well, what should I should improve, what I learned and what I liked. Best. Writing routine things I didn’t like. Worst writing routine going forward I will writing life and writing routine and then what’s next? Take a break list, all the things decide your next focus and that’s it. And then the rest is just blank pages that say notes. So it just all blank until we get to so last note page and it says what additional support and then you can go to her, I guess this website. And then made with love just for you always reachable good and real and good writing. Um, we have a blank, just blank page and then I a copyright page over here and that’s it. That’s the cover.

So what’d you think? Did you like it? Did you love it? I definitely missed having spirals. That’s obviously a personal preference because it was harder to write in because it is bound. Also, I was hoping for something a little prettier, like cheerful or more graphics or icons. I’m not really sure what I was expecting. It was very tech space. However, let’s talk about things I did like I did like that it has a, a weekly in here and if you can see it with the lights and it Kinda gives you a log on what you’re doing. There wasn’t a lot of space to write in a, but I do like that it gave you the opportunity to rank yourself on a scale of one to 10 at the end of every week and also for every month. And I do think it’s a good idea that it’s undated.

So then it’s just a planner in perpetuity. So, so let me know in the comments below. Do you like the idea of an evergreen planner or do you prefer a dated planner? This is really a personal preference marketing wise. It doesn’t make a difference on who sells more or who sells less. It’s just more of your personal preference on what you like using and maybe as a planner, designer what you would like to create for others. All right. I hope you’re having a great week and I will actually see you tomorrow cause I do have another flip through video, uh, to share with you all right.