As we embark on a new year, I like to take a look at where I’ve come from and where I’m hoping to go.
2012 was a roller coaster for me and my family. I can hardly believe all that has happened. Just in terms of writing alone it was a whirlwind year. I published my first two books, finished one new manuscript and got half way through a second. I started this blog in January and gave it its first face lift in July with the delightful result being the opportunity to e-meet many of you!
In the course of the year, I was blessed to join English Historical Fiction Authors and Austen Authors and got a new publishing imprint, White Soup Press.
I attended my first book festival and got to meet in person many of the people I’d only met on-line before at the Decatur Book Festival. For me, that was a real adventure.
I was also blessed to be able to publish an assortment of articles in a variety of different places:
Interviews and About Me
Other odds and ends
I was also blessed to receive lovely reviews for both my books:
- Austenesque Reviews
- Books Hug Back
- Calico Critic
- Eccentric Book Worm
- Indie Jane
- Layered Pages
- Leatherbound Reviews
- So Little Time..so much to read
Looking back at all that kind of boggles the mind a bit to be honest and makes me think a lot about 2013. Where to go from here?
I like goals. They give me something to shoot for and even if I don’t attain them, I still get a whole lot farther than I would without them. So here are some of my goals for 2013.
Writing: In the process of launching my life as a full-time author, I got a little more distracting from writing than I would have liked, so, I’m now setting a goal of 1000 words, new words, not edits, five days a week. I’d like to hit a quarter million–250,000 new words–this year.
With any luck, that will mean two new manuscripts complete at novel length, a novella and a couple of short stories, plus articles at EHFA. Wow, that kind of intimidates me just thinking about it.
Publishing: I have hopes of putting out three new works this year, at least two novels and a novella or full novel, all under White Soup Press.
I also hope to publish a couple of short stories, a new format for me. We’ll see how it goes.
There are two anthologies in the works that I have contributed to and they should be out in 2013 as well. More info on that as it comes.
Oh, and the BIG ONE, I will be releasing my stuff on B&N (Nook) and Kobo in the first quarter of 2013.
Website: I have another facelift planned for the first quarter of the year, including a way to give you access to buy books directly from this site.
Continuing Education: I have employed the services of a developmental coach for a Sci Fi series that I’ve been working on for years now and hope to take strides to getting it publishable. I plan to take a couple of writing courses and have a writing conference on my calendar. And then there’s a steady diet of on-line writing/marketing/publishing articles, 100 or so a week that I will continue to follow.
Whew! Makes me tired and a little wigged out just thinking about all that. I probably put all this down more for my sake than anything else. But now that it’s out here, hopefully I’ll hang on to the motivation to do it!
So far I’ve managed the 1000+ word goal for the last three days, so it’s a start. I’ll keep you all posted on how I progress on all this in my quarterly newsletters. If you don’t subscribe to those yet, please do. It is a lovely way to be able to keep you up to date on all publishing news and I promise there won’t be any spam, ever. I won’t share emails with anyone.
I wish you all a safe and blessed 2013!