I actually meant to post this last Friday, but came down with the flu. However, when starting a new year, I have been making a few goals in my personal life—always some writing—to help me achieve my desires. But, I thought this year it might be nice to share goals specific to writing.
Goals for 2014 (in no particular order)
To read through “1001 Ways to Market Your Books”
by John Kremer. While I have gotten better, I still feel like I have room to
grow in the marketing area. My hope is that this book will give greater insight
into different strategies that will help me. My hope is that it won’t be like
other marketing books I’ve read, where I walk away thinking “that’s genius, now
how does it apply to my situation?” Anyone read it? If so, what did you think?
Publish a new book. For many reasons, I have
been stagnant in new publications for far too long. 2014 will bring forth a new
book in my Atlantis series (the second). I am hoping to have the backlist up on
Amazon by February/March and then a new book out around June. That’s the goal…and
one I will desperately try to fulfill.
Attend a Comic Convention. I have been thinking
for about year now that I need to go to one. I believe this is a nice place to
find my market. I also think it will be great to hang out with people who like
the same genre I do. Don’t get me wrong. Hanging out with all the mystery and southwest
authors is a kick in its own right. But, there is a special place for the love
of wizardry and the supernatural.
Attend a Writer’s Convention. Of course, budget
will dictate how many of these goals I achieve, but I haven’t been to a writing
convention in a few years. I have exchanged them for creative writing classes
and…of course…work. However, I always feel refreshed after one…well, except the
one whose theme was writers exist without appreciate, struggle to make it and
then die. That was not very uplifting. But, for the most part, there are some
great conventions and I am dying to mingle with other writers and rejuvenate my
juices. If you know of any good ones, please let me know in the comment section
Find a new editor. My editor and I had to part
ways last year. While I found a proofer, I do believe in the importance of
finding a good editor for my new books. It doesn’t take long to know both have
Read. I set the goal of 20 books this year,
which is daunting at the moment, but doable. Writers can’t be good at their
craft if they are not readers.
Write!! I don’t think I can ever get enough writing,
and I want to write.
What’s on your goals for 2014?