Every year I sit down to refine my writing/professional goals as well as my personal goals. Last year I made a pretty extensive list, but I am proud of all that I have accomplished along with the extra curve balls I managed to field in my writing career. I accomplished almost everything on my list and I also revised one book twice for submission. A lot of excitement built up in 2012, but I'm still not published... YET. 2012 taught me that I can work smart and make things happen with my career. I've made decisions based on the timing of the outcome for the future. I believe I have more control and power over my career now despite the fact that I don't have a contract. I WILL get a contract. I don't know when. I don't know with which publishing company. But I do know one thing: I am doing exactly what I want to do which is already a huge blessing and a privilege in a world where so many people aren't afforded that kind opportunity. So before I begin plotting and planning for 2013, it's time to review my goals for 2012 and see how well I did.
Writing Goals for 2012
*clean and organize office to get ready for the new year YES
*brainstorm 3 new category books with CPs YES
*write 2 new category books YES
*revise 4th, 5th, 6th books NO. HAD A HUGE OPPORTUNITY WITH MILLS & BOON SO FOCUSED ON BOOK 3.
*send requested materials to agents by February 1st YES
*query Mills & Boon with 4th and 5th books YES WITH 4TH. NO FOR 5TH DUE TO REQUEST FOR 3RD.
*get head out of sand and ask Mills & Boon about the R&R’s status by January 31st YES
*Build web site by end of first quarter of the year/March 31. NO, BUT I DO HAVE ONE NOW AND I'M VERY PLEASED WITH AUNTIE MOMO DESIGN.
*Continue revising 1st book for fun NO. GOT SIDETRACKED BY MILLS & BOON REQUESTS
*Enter 4 contests at a minimum with at least 3 manuscripts at all done including the Golden Heart with at least 2 manuscripts ENTERED 3 CONTESTS, BUT DID NOT ENTER THE GOLDEN HEART DUE TO RULES CHANGING AND TIMING. I WON THE LINDA HOWARD AWARD OF EXCELLENCE AND TRIPLE FINALED IN THAT CONTEST.
*Attend the RWA National Conference in Anaheim NO. DID NOT GO DUE TO FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS.
*Attend Moonlight & Magnolias YES.
*Pitch at both conferences NO. I AM WORKING WITH AN EDITOR SO I CUT MYSELF A BREAK. HOWEVER, I NETWORKED LIKE CRAZY.
*build name bible of all names I've used in my books. NO. THE BEST LAID PLANS...
*maintain personal blog YES, BUT IT HAS BEEN MORE SPORADIC DUE TO WRITING OBLIGATIONS.
*continue building my brand name via social media, web page, professional presence in writing world YES
*get an Agent NO. CAME CLOSE, BUT I DECIDED TO FOCUS ON THE EDITOR AND THE REQUESTS.
*get a publishing contract NO. BUT I AM CLOSER THAN I'VE EVER BEEN AND TIME WILL TELL.
*continue building professional mentor relationships YES
*continue to streamline writing and business of writing with proper schedule YES AND NO. I AM PRETTY DISCIPLINED, BUT LIFE DOES GET IN THE WAY ON OCCASION. FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING IS HOW I VIEW IT NOW.
*Review digital and e-publishers for submissions YES. I'M CONTINUING TO REVIEW AND RESEARCH THIS AVENUE.
*take at least two master classes in craft YES. I TOOK SEVERAL RU COURSES ON LINE AND LOVED THEM.
*judge at least two writing contests YES.
*set Top 5 Priority List and review every quarter YES, BUT I DIDN'T REDO IT FOR THE 4TH QUARTER.
*read for fun YES.
*continue to analyze published books in my genre YES.
*continue learning and growing in my craft with online courses and craft books YES
*attend chapter meetings which aid in my professional development and in my goal for achieving publication YES
*build my new critique partnership YES
*be courageous, strong, and focused in pursuing my dreams and goals YES, BUT THERE ARE DAYS WHEN I AM AS UNFOCUSED AS THE NEXT GAL ;-)
Wow, that's a lot of work! I also took on the job of coordinating the Linda Howard Award of Excellence for the 2013 year, traveled to Silken Sands Conference in Pensacola Beach where I learned I had won the Linda Howard in my category. I fielded and responded to several requests for submissions. I networked more. I really did do a lot to build my writing career. My launching pad is constructed with a solid web presence and now all I have to do is fine tune my rockets and get ready for lift off!!
I hope your year was good and that you managed to accomplish many things in 2012. Stay tuned for 2013's goals!!