Wow! The best-laid plans of mice and men. Of authors and bloggers, too. My year took a couple of left turns in 2013, or should I say “write” turns?
Here are my goals for 2013, posted January 4.
As is my now-annual custom, I will pause while you laugh.
Here’s what I planned to accomplish in 2013 and, in brackets, what I actually did.
1. Prepare 2-3 proposals: After a great deal of prayer, I decided to stop trying to sell by proposal. Too much stress! This meant I also let my agent go in March.
2. Write 1-2 novels: I did not do this.
3. Write 1-2 novellas: I wrote most of one 40K novella, or half a novel.
4. Revise 1-3 works of fiction: I revised 2 novels: Petals and Pedals, and Wild Mint Tea.
1. Continue to promote Rainbow’s End: I did this, to some degree.
2. Create selfpublishing imprint: Did not get to this.
3. Write and edit 2-3 nonfiction ebooks and upload for sale: I have written 40K for To Write a Story but have not yet created the ebook.
4. Produce God’s Green Acres monthly: WooHoo! I did this.
5. Blog twice a week: I did this. One post a week on my main blog and one post a week at To Write a Story (which isn’t what I meant by the goal, as I hadn’t even thought of starting the second blog in January!).
1. Critiques as requested by my CPs: “As requested” meant none this year!
2. Mentor and teach as opportunities arise: Yep.
1. Head toward a 90% Paleo diet: We ended up more like 50-60%.
2. Work out regularly: Sigh. For parts of the year, I was very good at this. But not through the summer and fall.
1. Teach at Inland Northwest Christian Writers Conference (March): Yes.
2. Maui for niece’s wedding (May): No. A new car took precedence.
3. ACFW conference in Indianapolis (September): No. See above.
So what did I really do in 2013?
The big ones:
1. Began working as affiliate manager for Holly Lisle in April for her How to Think Sideways course for writers. (It’s excellent, by the way!)
2. Launched a FREE writing course and website/blog May 1 at To Write a Story.
3. Signed a 3-book contract for my Farm Fresh Romance series May 22.
4. Launched Raspberries and Vinegar on August 1.
5. Began working for Choose NOW Publishing in media/marketing in August.
6. Signed a contract with Angela Breidenbach for a 2-novella Christmas duo, Snowflake Tiara, to release in 2014.
7. Edited Wild Mint Tea and turned it in in October.
8. Wrote most my novella in November/December…still have a bit to go in January.
Looking at the year by what I did do accomplish makes me feel less like laughing hysterically than focusing on what I did not do!
How about you? Did you post public goals 51 weeks ago? How did you do?
Sally Meadows via Facebook says
Congratulations on all your successes!
Looks like a good year to me — except for that new car necessity. 😛
By the way, I told Amazon to let me know when you have new releases, so I can grab Wild Mint Tea the second it’s available. (Not sure yet about the Snowflake Tiara, sorry.)
Valerie Comer says
Thanks so much for that vote of confidence you sent to Amazon! BIG hugs. Hopefully I’ll win you over on Snowflake Tiara, too. 😉
Valerie Comer via Facebook says
Tom Greentree says
Thanks for your review, Val. Honest, insightful and helpful to me as I consider the year ahead. I like how open you are with what worked, what didn’t and what the year was all about. Best to you in 2014!
Valerie Comer says
Thanks for stopping by, Tom!
Wyndy Callahan says
So sorry that my review of Raspberries and Vinegar was so late. I really had a horrible last half of 2013. I enjoyed the book tremendously and have added my review to Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodread, and Shelfari
Valerie Comer says
I’m sorry 2013 didn’t end well for you. Hope 2014 is better, and thanks for the review. I do appreciate it.