Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year, New Resolutions

1. Edit and send Champion of Valor to beta readers, make changes, and send it to Gail.

This has to be done so this is a guarantee check at the end of the year.

2. Finish the last couple of tweaks to Alexia's Pen before sending out queries.

The query letter and synopsis are all done. Just need to make some scene changes.

3. Re do the beginning scene to Hidden in Shadows and send it off to beta readers. Make changes. Rework the query letter to incorporate voice and send them out.

4. Start working on a new project. Or two.

Last year, I had written down resolutions to write three complete novels. I know that is just not how I operate. I have periods of intense writing and periods of inactivity. With my young ones and trying to get them on the same sleeping schedule, that's just going to happen. I would like to be able to write more than one story a year, even if it's a story and a half and gradually work my way up to two or three full novels a year.

5. Do a better job of keeping my website up-to-date and work on increasing my newsletter subscriptions. Also, send out the newsletter at least 4 times a year.

So there are my goals. Far more realistic than last year's - get an agent. Oh boy, lol, do I laugh at that now!

I also plan on making monthly goals on the 1st of the month and seeing how I do at the end of the month to help keep my goals in sight and keep myself on track.

So what are your writing resolutions this year? Do you having reading resolutions? (I would like to find more time to read, even if it's only ten minutes a day.) Regular resolutions? (I want to get back to my college graduation weight - a little less than 20 pounds to go!)


Sophia said...

I posted my writing goals over here on my blog, but mainly I want to write and read more. Nothing as exciting as seeking publication yet, but I've only been seriously writing for a year. I'm off to a good start since I have read and written a review of a book for a new series on my blog that will be put up tomorrow. Now I just need the rest of my library reservations to wing their way to me!

And yes, getting an agent is a difficult goal to meet since it's essentially out of your hands- your plan to revise and query will be much more productive!
- Sophia.

Danette said...

Good luck with your resolutions and the writing goals you have set for yourself. I don't really set goals at the New Year-- I do it more at my birthday. But I plan on getting some submissions out there. Happy New Year!!!

The Words Crafter said...

These seem realistic and do-able. I can't imagine writing three books in one year, wow!

Good luck!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those are good goals. My big one is to complete, polish, and get my publisher to accept the sequel to CassaStar.

Kate Larkindale said...

Sounds do-able! Good luck. I hope you achieve all your goals this year.

Emy Shin said...

Good luck on your resolutions! They sound good and challenge, but do-able. I'm personally hoping to finish a novel this year. :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Good luck with your resolutions.

I make it a point not to do resolutions. My goals are to keep writing and editing and reading.

My dream is to get an agent but that's another story...

Happy 2011!

LTM said...

Ok, okay. I'm the turd who doesn't do resolutions... but all the best on yours! they sound excellent! <3

Nicole MacDonald said...

I need to write book two this year. Book one took 18months but I think I can do it *grin*

The Arrival, on Amazon now!

Rachael Harrie said...

Hey Nicole, thanks for sharing your resolutions with us. Best of luck for the year ahead.