If you follow this blog, you have probably noticed that I’m a fan of setting goals. Big goals, little goals, goals for word count, sales and income… I’m all over them. They help me visualize where I want to go and who I want to be as a writer. Plus, meeting a goal feels so darn good.
So here I sit, kicking off a brand new year, and I’m looking at what I want to accomplish in 2013… and it’s a lot. Realistically, these goals might be more of a two-year plan.
One of my major goals for the year is to diversify. I’ve been with one epublisher since I began my writing career, but I’ve never felt it was wise to put all my eggs in one basket. My thought is that more streams of income mean more security in an unpredictable market. In October, I added a second publisher to my list, and this year, I’d like to add a third. That’s goal one.
Goal two is bigger. According to my original five-year plan, 2013 is year four and the year I begin looking for an agent. This means finishing my ‘big book’ and having the series ready to roll. My goal is to have the entire series drafted this year. That’s over 300,000 words to be written this year, plus maintaining releases on my existing digital publishers. Considering how slowly I write, this means really buckling down and getting to work.
Yeah, I’m scared.
To top this off, I’m looking at taking a major career step that… well, it’s till top secret, but it will add a ton of pressure to an already busy year for me, not just in the writing, but in all the business-oriented stuff that goes with being an author.
That’s my year in a nutshell. There will be a lot of writing happening.
What does 2013 look like for you?