In 2012, the expectation is that I will act in a businesslike manner with regards to my writing and consistently produce books that will not only be saleable to large and small publishing markets, but be delightful and intriguing to readers and make them want to read more.
Does this make me worthy of a Fortune 500 Company? No. But it does set the tone for my goals. These are broken down by month, and then within the month I break it down into three areas: Writing, Business and Promotion. There is also prework that needs to be done before the month's work can begin. Confused? Let me give you an example of my goals for January.
I. January - Prework: Print out SD and edit for content changes in prep for BIAW
A. Complete 500 words needed to meet goal on SD and edit
B. Query online presses that acquire Novellas.
C. Participate in BIAW
A. Blog once weekly
B. Write 1 article
C. Put out a call for Guest Blogs
A. National Dues
B. Maine RWA Dues
C. Organize Tax Papers and get info off old drive
I'm the type that is very happy with a list to check off and something tangible to show for my time. Setting these kinds of goals gives me that happy feeling.
February looks like this:
II. February - Prework: Rework list of scenes for OH and list 10 ideas for articles
A. Finish Word Count for OH, adding required pages to meet goal.
B. Edit OH
C. Write Query Letter and find 3 outlets for book
A. Blog once a week
B. Write 1 article and find 3 outlets for other articles
C. Put out call for Guest Bloggers
A. Track Daily Progress and word count
B. Update Tax information
C. Track blog and sales information in database
D. Take 1 online class
You'll see that some of the basic goals repeat, but that's because they are necessary. At the end of the year, when I start planning I usually on plan out for three to four months. This gives me some flexibility to change as I go along. Maybe I finish a goal early and start on the next. This way it can be a fluid process.
So, here are the beginning goals for 2012. Have you made yours yet? And just what is important enough to make it a goal?
Hope this helps. I wish everyone a happy, healthy and blessed New Year! May the muses, the publishers, the reviewers and the readers be kind and appreciative to your work.