Review of "Systemology" by David Jenyns
As authors, we're essentially running our own businesses which gets overwhelming and tricky at times. Besides being writers, we're marketers, designers, editors, even publishers. It's not easy to wear that many hats.
The great thing about this book is it helps the business owner (that's us!) to break down tasks into systems that anyone can do. This means creating a pattern that ensures workflow continuation in the most efficient style, so anyone can pick it up and run with it (such as a virtual assistant, cover designer, coauthor, or editor).
What might this look like for an author? Systematizing your writing time to create the habit of writing and putting your head in the right space before you start. Do you have a routine? This is an example of a system.
Or it could be the publishing schedule you have for your upcoming novels. Do you have dates set for publishing and marketing plans leading up to your book launch?
Or it could even be how you edit your own work before sending it to a professional.
Essentially, we want our business to run smoothly. And eventually, we'd like to get to the point where we can outsource all the stuff we don't like to do, so we have more time for the things we enjoy.
This book is a huge help for that. Specifically written for business people, it outlines a 7 step process for systematizing business and offers helpful advice such as a "Client Flow" Chart (where an author would focus on readers) and zeroing in on how you gain new ones.
The book discusses working as a team and identifying weak points in the business, creating a sustainable growth pattern through systems and being able to take time off when you want to because you know the business can run without you.
Now, how does that relate to us small authors who are still struggling to make it? Think about the last time you created a subscription form or landing page for your website. Did you have to go back to the drawing board or did you have ideas and a system for putting those ideas in place? Can your subscribers be automatically tagged and run through a welcome email sequence when they sign up? Is their freebie delivered automatically?
These are systems.
Can you step away from your marketing strategies and know that they still work for you even if you don't touch them for a while? Such as prewriting and scheduling blog posts to be published?
These are also systems.
As authors, we often feel like we're making it all up as we go along, patching together advice from different authorprenuers, and hoping for the best. What if you tried to build your business in a more deliberate manner?
What if you wrote down the processes that worked on your last book launch and pruned away the ones that didn't?
What if you organized your marketing strategies? Systematized the way you approach new connections?
We learn the importance of systems when we see them work for us. If this is something you'd like to try, I'd recommend reading this book. If you would like to check it out, Click Here! or go to https://www.systemology.com/book/