First up, my Top 5 Professional Priority List. This list helps me say YES to the areas of work that will forward my career and they remind me to say NO to the areas of work which will not forward my career. I review this list every quarter and recharge it as necessary. I also have a Personal Top 5 Priority List which I abide by as well.
Top 5 Career Priority List for 2012/1st Quarter (January through March)
1. Write every day with emphasis my revisions.
2. Build a website and have it up by March 31st.
3. Professional development through querying, submitting materials, entering contests, learning technology, building brand name, ongoing craft classes.
4. Coordinate and execute a critique partner meeting in February with Pam and Sia in Atlanta.5. Attend chapter meetings which further my professional writing career and give me the tools to succeed as a PUBLISHED writer.
My personal affirmation to guide me throughout the year as I reach for the stars is:
I enjoy being organized, positive and determined to succeed as I focus on pursuing my professional writing career, personal, and family life goals.
Writing Goals for 2012
*clean and organize office to get ready for the new year
*brainstorm 3 new category books with CPs in February
*write 2 new category books
*revise 4th, 5th, 6th books
*send requested materials to agents by February 1st
*query Mills & Boon with 4th and 5th books
*get head out of sand and ask Mills & Boon about the R&R’s status by January 31st
*Build web site by end of first quarter of the year/March 31st
*Continue revising 1st book for fun
*Enter 4 contests at a minimum with at least 3 manuscripts at all done including the Golden Heart with at least 2 manuscripts
*Attend the RWA National Conference in Anaheim
*Attend Moonlight & Magnolias
*Pitch at both conferences
*build name bible of all names I've used in my books
*maintain personal blog
*continue building my brand name via social media, web page, professional presence in writing world
*get an Agent
*get a publishing contract
*continue building professional mentor relationships
*continue to streamline writing and business of writing with proper schedule
*Review digital and e-publishers for submissions
*take at least two master classes in craft
*judge at least two writing contests
*set Top 5 Priority List and review every quarter
*read for fun
*continue to analyze published books in my genre
*continue learning and growing in my craft with online courses and craft books
*attend chapter meetings which aid in my professional development and in my goal for achieving publication
*build my new critique partnerships
*be courageous, strong, and focused in pursuing my dreams and goals
I'm so excited about the goals and the direction of my writing. I can't wait to start checking them off as DONE!