This is a continuation from the blog, The Serendipity of Christmas Generosity. It took time to get to the place where I was ready to commit to writing after the events described in my previous post. But that bit of serendipity certainly affected what I’ve done this past year as well as where I’m going next year. In Part 1 of this series I shared an overview of my goals and now I am posting a discussion of why each is important to me as a writer this year. Part 2 covered why I want to engage with a local writer’s group. Part 3 addressed my review and conference attendance goals.
It’s time – or close to it. I’ve worked on my first novel for so long and I’m very close to completion. It should be published after all the final editing is completed. Publishing a full book is a very long term goal for me and this year it looks like the fruit will come ripe. I still have a structural edit and detailed edit scheduled during the first few months of the year but I expect to announce a launch date late in the first quarter or the second quarter of the year.
But there are other manuscripts waiting to be completed and published too. I hope to push out at least one more by the end of the year depending on funds available for a cover and editing. I actually have three more books with rough drafts near completion and I fully expect to go through the editing process much faster since I know how to approach the process better and, therefore, schedule more accurately. The latter is important in working with an editor.
As part of this goal, I’m already looking into my book launch and marketing plans. I want to develop what needs to be done beginning early in 2015 to meet my goal of publication not once but up to three times during 2015.
However, there’s another related goal – publishing short fiction. I also want to submit at least six short stories to short fiction markets. As a writer, having a brand is important and there’s one good way to obtain that – having people read and discuss your work. This comes through reviews but also publication. Short stories are a great way to fund more of what I’m doing and better establish my brand as a writer. I’m working even now to complete four stories and edit three others for submission.
As a side goal that I haven’t discussed, I may also delve into non-fiction articles. I don’t know how much I’ll get into this but I’ll keep my eyes open for opportunities in the near future. This can be a source of income to finance publication goals previously mentioned.
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