The end of 2013 is approaching faster than a freight train. How did you do this year? Did you accomplish everything you wanted to?
Now, before you start pulling the covers over your head or giving me dirty looks, let me just say I’m not here to grill you about it. In fact, to ease your fears, I’m going to share my 2013 goals including those I didn’t accomplish. Yes, you heard me correctly.
GOALS – Planned
Setup group for local writers DONE first meeting started in January. This group turned out to be more successful than I imagined and opened the doors to personal and professional opportunities I never imagined. YAY!
Publish two books by submitting The Trouble with Soul Mates in April and Deadly Bloodlines in August This didn’t work out due to a hiccup with my publisher and the fact I decided to go the self-publishing route. This threw my publication schedule way off.
Submit Deadly Series by August I decided not to submit this series to a publisher and I added another book so it’s currently a four book series.
Attend the 2013 RWA conference in July and sit in workshops focused on branding, marketing, writing series, and career, as well as participate in the ”Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. DONE see details here
Organize paper and electronic writing files by assessing current methods used and updating them to fit new needs by end of March DONE My electronic and my paper files are organized. I’m still working with Evernote for collecting and storing information from the internet.
Create and implement a blogging schedule around my existing writing and promotions schedule using pre-posting options in WordPress and Hootsuite by the end of February DONE, although I certainly didn’t finish it in February.
Take one online class every quarter that’s craft or promotion related DONE I went a little overboard in the first and second quarter, so held off in the last quarter to catch up with writing.
Improve my techie skills in the areas of: website options, book covers, using videos, and other promotional options by October There was more information out there than I thought, so this is ongoing. Some information gained will be used in my marketing plan for my Deadly Series.
Schedule book signings with Books and Books and Book Nook before July DONE See details here.
Enter published works for RWA’s Rita Awards in October Cancelled due to issues with my publisher.
Workshop submission for RWA 2014 in October I decided to self-publish in July, and doors opened for me to do more book signings than just RWA, which means only one trip to the US in 2014, so I decided to cancel this goal.