Hello, hello! Welcome to 2019! Since it’s only the 2nd day of the year, I thought I would share my goals. I did this type of post for last year as well, but I failed pretty miserably. In 2018, I finished the first draft of DS1, started revisions on LR1, wrote 3 new short stories/flash fiction pieces, submitted 2 short stories/flash pieces/poems a week (earning myself a publication and a handful of personal rejections), and I read 29 books. I started out strong early in the year, but eventually lost steam. Hopefully, I can find a steady pace that won’t wear out on me in 2019. On to the goals!
1. Finish revising LR1. I still have a lot of work to do on this book, but I adore the characters and the story line. I’m shooting for a finish date of early April. At least finishing the second draft, at which point I’ll have to find some trusty beta readers (always the hardest part in my experience). I might even look into prices for professional editing, so I can get some expert feedback. We’ll see how it goes. First, I have to finish revising it.
2. Revise DS1. My mind has been randomly drifting to this book for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been reading so many cozy mysteries that I really want to get back to working on my own. It’s a series I’m considering using a pseudonym for, though that means I’m getting ahead of myself. I have to revise it and get an agent or publisher interested, then I can worry about names and all that fancy stuff. A woman can dream, though.
3. Submit short stories/flash pieces (at least 2 subs a week). I want to keep this habit going for as long as I can. It’s sometimes really difficult to find at least semi-pro paying places to submit a story that’s been out in slush limbo on and off for over a year, but I keep looking. I haven’t had to retire a piece because of that yet. Hopefully this year will bring more acceptances and more awesome venues for submitting!
4. Write 5 short stories/flash pieces. A break between revisions is always a good thing. Last year, I aimed a little too high on my short story goals, so I decided to be more sensible. I already have one short story brewing for a project with some friends. Maybe getting that one written will help grease the wheels, so to speak.
5. Shop LR around to agents. This is a goal that is a tad ambitious, which is good. It all depends on how well the revisions on LR go and whether or not it requires another round of them. It’ll give me something to strive for.
6. Read 30 books. I didn’t include a reading goal last year, but my goal was 24 books. I managed to read 29 books, so I thought I would try to one up that. But I’m a slow reader. Hopefully, I can get through 30 books.
What about you? What are your goals for 2019? Feel free to share them or your thoughts here or on my social media pages!