Fourth Installment on The Book Coach Is Writing a Book
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Conscientious administration is essential. Cat Naps and Doggie Snorts offers the experiences of over 75 people who talk about sleeping withe their pets and the bond they share. I keep track of everyone I interview, their names, e-mail address, city of residence and phone number and, when relevant, their spouses’ names. I also track citations from online research,
If I had to do it over again I would have entered this info on an Excel spreadsheet or other contact software. Instead I have several unwieldy lists on Word documents.
I’m still a computer dinosaur. Learn new software? Save me, O Lord. But now I am capitulating and learning.
I recorded 95% of these interviews using an online tool, AudioAcrobat. I pay $19.95 a month for this software which I have always felt well worth it. This way I keep all of my clients’ interviews available to me in perpetuity.
I also retained a transcriptionist to convert these recordings, MP3 files, into Word documents, my faithful and competent Marcy McGaugh, www.writersrescueBerkeley.com.
For that material which I discovered online, such as medical opinions, the historical characters and celebrities who slept with their animals, I kept a record of the websites and documents I intend to cite.
With many of my interview subjects, I have kept a running e-mail conversation to follow up on questions I neglected to ask the first time around or issues that came to mind later. With some, whose pets were sick, I contact them again to check on the progress of their animal companions.