I know it's past January 1st, but I still want to write down and keep track of my writing goals for 2010. At the end of the year, I'll dig up this list and hopefully, I'll be able to say that I completed every single one of them.
1. I want to sign with an agent for my fantasy YA novel, The Land of Imagining.
I've already started querying agents the end of November and have had two partial requests and several rejections to start this long, drawn-out process.
2. I want to start on the sequel to the aforementioned novel.
I see this series being a three book series, with The Land of Imagining being the middle book, with a sequel and a prequel. So why did I write the middle book first? Because the main character is an ordinary girl (who learns she isn't quite so ordinary after all) and has to journey to a strange, new world. I want the readers first glimpse into the All-Knowers' Land of Imagining to be seen through her eyes, through the eyes of someone who has never seen it before. The sequel is set mostly on Earth, and the prequel is set mostly in the Land of Imagining. So it works best for the middle book to be read first. And it really isn't as strange as it seems. After all, the Chronicles of Narnia were published in a vastly different order than chronological.
3. Write the last book in the Kingdom of Arnhem series.
I still trying to come up with a name for this one. I'm thinking Warrior of Courage. I would like to keep the trend going, Woman of Honor, Knight of Glory....
Hero, Warrior, Mage, Champion....
Courage, Virtue, Hope, Justice....
Still playing around. Any ideas? Suggestions?
4. Start and hopefully finish another fantasy YA novel or my suspense novel.
This fantasy novel shows the plight of four teens as their world is turned upside down when magic sudden appears and chaos results.
The suspense novel is about a woman who accidentally kills a young child during a game of hide and seek, and her resulting descent into madness and guilt.
5. Sell some short stories to magazine(s).
I have a backlog of short stories that are collecting rejection letters from magazines. I would like to work on them, shine them, and start circulating them again. If I can't find a paying market for them (so far I've only tried the pro markets), I may end up making some available on my website for you all to enjoy.
Well, those are my goals. Lofty ones, especially the agent one. And writing so much considering that I'm 10 weeks pregnant and will soon be taking care of not one but two wonderful babies. But I really want to make something of myself as an author and I know I can do it.