EMEPiper Ep 3: Prioritizing and Urgency

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Prioritizing and urgency via deadlines are at the top of my mind as I kick off 2016’s run of #EMEPiper at the changeover from January to February.

Last year was full of deadlines, possibly the most challenging year for writing I’ve ever had. As a result, I’ve got five books releasing this year, as well as two or three short stories as PJ Schnyder.

For the coming year, I’ve got even more planned and I want to manage my time so I can do all the things, enjoying them along the way. There are going to be some tough choices ahead and a lot of prioritization.


  • Why is Piper podcasting about time management?
  • Nifty friends with creative ideas, coordinating dates with writerly deadlines
  • Setting daily word count targets to hit the deadline
  • “Word count” and the publishing perspective
  • Rewire the brain: word count target vs. chapter target
  • NaNoWriMo and drafting, not editing
  • On contracts and pitching and writing the next book
  • Importance of deadlines, even self-imposed
  • Word counts and genre
  • Lessons Learned from Writerly Life: Don’t ignore publisher standards for word count
  • Time Management Trick: Plan Your Day and Prioritize the To Do


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EMEPiper Ep 2: Day Planners and Time Management

Piper Katee Robin

And it’s here, the second episode of Every Minute, Everywhere: Time Management for Authors with Piper J. Drake.

Confession: I’d intended to get this episode up in February. I had a major contractual deadline loom. The deadline became my highest priority and everything else fell by the wayside. This podcast included. Because the reality is that everything about being a writer is turning in your manuscript (or subsequent edits) to get your book published on time.

There’s a time management reality for you. Tough decision have to be made and we can’t necessarily get All The Things completed in the time we have.

Without further ado, I’m excited to share with you an interview with authors Robin Covington and Katee Robert on time management and using day planners to get organized for 2016.


  • Introductions: Robin Covington & Katee Robert
  • How did we hear about EC Planners?
  • Sticker & washi tape love
  • Tracking word count
  • What one thing would you recommend to an author trying to organize themselves for the year?
  • Stickers and stress management
  • Adaptability, multi-purpose potential in these planners
    • (request to Erin Condren to develop an Author’s Planner line)
  • Plotting, brainstorming, character sheets in the planner
  • Marketing and promotion: managing those timelines with the planner
  • Finding time to write
  • Looking approachable is a double-edged sword
  • Writerly wisdom from Katee and Robin

Because this interview took so long to go up, I contacted Robin and Katee asking them for an update on how they’re doing with organization in 2015?

From Robin?

I love using my ECLP and I’ve been able to easily modify it to fit my needs. I use the coil clips to attach printouts of my book Pinterest boards and my plot outlines when I’m writing a book and I’ve found stickers on Etsy that allow me to change the “morning, day, night” headings to “book, family, to do”. The best part of the planner for me is the two page month spread that shows me at a glance what I need to know.

Robin planner
From Katee?

I’ve finally got my planning method pretty much refined, and now I’m geeking out by working on my handwriting so the whole thing is pretty. Using the planner to keep track of both promotion and writing/editing has made it significantly easier to manage my time overall, and my productivity has gone way up.


Commentary from Matt “itsOrD” during the editing process:

  • “She’s a morning writer? She’s weird. Tell her she’s weird.”

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EMEPiper Ep 1: Introduction, SMART Goals, and Schedule

PIper J Drake

This is it! It’s my first episode of Every Minute, Everywhere. Time Management for Authors with Piper J. Drake kicking off this week of podcasts to celebrate EMEPiper’s new RSS feed and hosting home.


  • Introduction ? What (or who) am I?
  • Why am I podcasting?
  • The New Year and SMART Goals
  • ?also scheduling
  • What’s in store for this podcast

This is just the beginning and my first foray into solo podcasting. I plan to improve as I go and I hope you’ll all enjoy #EMEPiper’s evolution.

You can support EMEPiper and Piper’s other writing-related creative content at patreon.com/piperjdrake.

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New Backend for EMEPiper

emepiper moving to libsynAs we wrap up 2016 and head into 2017, I plan to put more effort into my podcasts–especially EMEPiper– with huge thanks to my Patrons at Patreon. We’ve achieved proof of concept and I am in this to create great content.

Episodes will be coming out more regularly and frequently. It’s important to have scalable hosting to support the podcasts so I’ll be moving Every Minute, Everywhere – Time Management for Authors with Piper J. Drake (aka EMEPiper) to LibSyn.

Here’s the new RSS feed:


To kick off EMEPiper’s new home, I’m having a “week of podcasts” for EMEPiper starting November 14.

The week will begin with the archived episodes released earlier this year and wrap up with brand new episodes toward the end of the week. After the full week of episodes, a new episode of EMEPiper will come out once a month through the holidays and into 2017.

Sound good? Let’s do this.

It’s a boy! Meet Corbin Drake

Corbin DrakeMeet Corbin Drake, our new 9 week old Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Dogs have been an intrinsic part of my happiness since my childhood. My parents brought home various puppies over the years. The very first dog I owned, that looked to me, that I was responsible for, was a rescued Lab mix. She came to me in middle school.

Later, as an adult, I spent time with law enforcement K9s learning about their training and how important socialization was for them. 

My home had a rescued Shetland Sheepdog, a retired Schutzhund trained German Shepherd Dog, and a retired military explosives detection dog. Each of these brilliant, beautiful personalities passed away of old age in the last few years.

It took time for me to mourn. And during that time, I struggled with my happiness. I have a day job career I love. I also love my writing. And still, there’s a hollow spot, waiting for a warm life. As I struggle with symptoms of depression, my partner and I decided it was time.

Corbin will be the first dog for Matthew J Drake and me as partners. He’s ours. Hopefully he’ll choose us as his. After all, humans can own a dog, but the choice to look to a human is the dog’s. Time will tell and for the time being, there’s a fur-baby in our home giving us laughter and smiles and maybe just a few emotional tears.

It’s time to write. And Corbin is sleeping next to me. My life is warm again.


* Note: Patrons of Piper’s Patreon received the news first. To find out more, visit https://www.patreon.com/piperjdrake.

Newest Release!

Contracted Defense by Piper J. Drake


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