Ah, yes, it’s that magical time of year. Resolutions are everywhere… but rather than resolutions, I like to set goals. That way I can look back on the previous year and say, “Yeah, that was a good year.”
Well, last year ended up getting blown out of the water (in a good way) by getting the multi-book deal. That sort of set all my previous writing goals way way way onto the back burner. And for this year, those old 2014 goals are getting pushed back even further. Maybe even to the point of hanging them on the wall to get them completely out of the way (but still in sight, in case I want to grab one. You know what I mean?)
As usual, I need to look at what I “have to do.” This year, per my contract, I “have to:”
- Edit and sign off on the final version of ASHES IN THE SKY
- Market ASHES IN THE SKY for tentative September 2015 release.
- Finish “Book Three” and submit it to my publisher by March 1
- Complete the outline of optioned “Book Four” and submit to my publisher for approval by June 1.
- Edit and sign off on final “Book three”
- Market “Book Three” for Tentative late 2015 release
That’s a lot to do, but I have some other goals in mind.
Book three is half way done. I need to submit it in March, so that gives me nine whole months to play with something new while I’m not editing. Woohoo!
So here are my remaining goals for 2015:
7. Write a new book in a new world (Complete, polish, and send out to query)
8A. Write first draft of a second new book in a new world, OR
8B. Write the outlined “Book Four” of FIRE IN THE WOODS if my publisher takes up the option.
So, if you’ve been following along my insanity train for the past few years, it’s going to be another fun ride.
What is in store for you this year?
It’s that time of year where everyone is making resolutions. In most cases, I don’t so much make resolutions, as much as I make plans. One of these “plans” though, smacked me in the face.
In 2013, I read 21 books. Oddly enough, without even trying, I also read 21 books in 2014. So when Goodreads popped up and asked me how many books I wanted to read in 2015, I answered with “21”.
But great googly-moogley! Then it showed me what everyone else’s reading goals were. Holy cow! 100 book in a year? SERIOUSLY?
Scrolling through, I realized that my goal was the lowest of anyone’s on my friend’s lists. It left me feeling lacking… but only for a second.
I could have typed in 100 books, but that isn’t realistic. Not for me. I’m not one of those people who can find the time to sit down and finish an entire book on a Saturday afternoon. It’s just not in the cards for me. Reading a book in about ten days is realistic to me. So why didn’t I enter 35 books?
Well, I normally read about 10% of a book in a day, but I don’t always have time to read every day.
I don’t want reading to be a chore, or to end up one of those people grabbing for novellas just so I can add another “finished” to my list. I’d rather read slowly, relax, and enjoy. I don’t ever want reading to be a competition.
What I do want to do this year is read more top-selling, five-star young adult novels. I want to see what the trends are. I want to make sure that I am keeping up with the styles that are making people scream for more.
Here are 10 of the books I have already purchased to read this year. I’ll leave the other ten open for new releases or new books that get buzz going about them.
The 5th Wave
A thousand Pieces of You
White Hot Kiss
Snow Like Ashes
Lifer (Not a best-seller yet, but I hear it’s good)
These Broken Stars
What’s on your bucket list to read this year?