Every year is customary for writers to make goals. Some people make them quarterly, like my friend Laura from Ginger and Co blog, some do them six monthly and so on. I personally like to give myself 3 goals for the year and make 3 mini goals each month. These goals I put into my bi-weekly newsletters, which you can sign up for at the bottom of the page.
To take the words of Captain Barbossa, my goals are more like guidelines than actual rules. This means they’re flexible, can and will most likely change throughout the year as I progress with my work and life.
Currently, I have a pretty good work-life balance. If you saw a typical workday of mine during my blog tour last year then you’ll know I pretty much get up at 5 am every day. Since then I got myself a pretty nifty new job so that’s slightly changed. But I still workout in the mornings (for about 15-20 minutes every day), I now do a Salsa class on a Wednesday and I write/edit what I need to.
Therefore, my goals for this year are;
1. Write as much of The Collective Book 3 and The Kane Saga Book 2 (also in another goal) as I can. Now I usually set a word count daily based on a projected word count but I NEVER MANAGE TO STICK TO IT. If you have any tips on upping word counts once you’ve finished a manuscript, drop them in the comments below. I’ll be MOST appreciative. I'd also like to end the year with The Collective Book 4 on at least 20k and start writing The Kane Saga Book 3.
2. Get Missing Prince to a stage where I can query agents. Yes, the Kane Saga is a series of books I want to query with. I’m so proud of my book baby and the story, and the way the entire series is going that I want to share it with the world (and see it inside a bookstore). If possible I would like to get the first manuscript ready for querying by the end of the year, and get the first draft of the second book done.
3. Publish The Collective Book 2: Egyptian Curse. I have the cover and which is beautiful. This will be shared super soon! Editing is still on going but I'll share news as soon as possible. If you're on the newsletter you'll get this information before it goes public on the blog. Why not sign up, get access to the library and all the information?
4. Plan out 2019’s content. Considering this year’s is already written (bar about 5 posts) I think this is COMPLETELY doable. I am considering changing my schedule a little bit to only have two post a month, with the other two being a book review and either an interview or guest post. Then I can slip in Blog Tour posts a little better as well.
5. Read 12 books. Normally I don't keep a tally but this year I may write down all the books that I read and stick them in an end of year post with mini reviews? (Full reviews will still get their own post). What are your thoughts on this?
So, that’s me all wrapped up for this year’s goals. Hopefully, I will be able to stick to all of them!