Writing Goals for 2015
Uhm, 2014? Where the heck did you go? Does anyone else have the feeling time is moving faster and faster each year, as if a day isn’t even a full 24 hours anymore, and a week isn’t even seven days. It’s like everything sped up. Or maybe I’m just getting older. Le sigh. Next year, I’ll turn twenty-five. Twenty freaking five. I can’t believe it. It seems like yesterday when I was eighteen and didn’t have a care in the world. By the rate I’m going, I’ll probably be a grumpy senior by the time I hit thirty. I’ve been upset about this whole turning twenty-five thing for months now, and it’s still seven months away.
Anyway, the age rant isn’t what this post is about. I kind of let myself get carried away there, heh. No, this point is about goals, more precisely, my writing goals for 2015. At this point I’m too chicken to even glance at my goals for 2014 and figured out how horrible I did, but that’s the beauty of a new year – you can start anew. Clean slate.
So here are my goals. If you have a goals post, feel free to link it in the comments. I love to read these things! Because my list is so long, I divided it into categories.
- Marketing efforts to the next level. I need to step up my game, marketing-wise, for all my books. That starts by adding my newest books to the website and the sidebar (which *gosh* I haven’t even done yet), and finding reviewers for all my books, especially the newest ones. I’d like to get at least 10 reviews for each of my books.
- I said something crazy last month, about how I wanted to participate in the “A Story A Week” challenge. So, yeah…
- Keep a planner for writing and deadlines. Stick to deadlines.
- Try to write at least 2k a day (in general, when I know I won’t be able to write on a certain day, make it up by the end of the week)
- Finish first draft of Ghostslayer. My perpetual WIP, Ghostslayer, is still in limbo. I stranded at 35k words, and it seems like I’ll never reach the end. I had a serious case of writer’s block on this one, but guess what? I had a fling of inspiration last night, and now I have the next few scenes planned out, and I might make it to the end either way.
- Finish draft of horror novel. I started drafting a horror novel while I was ill (apparently illness is inspiring for horror books – who knew) I’m at 10k, and so far, the story is still going strong. I’d like to finish at least a first draft of this, preferably more.
- Revise The Sleeping Kingdom. I wrote The Sleeping Kingdom two years ago, and my writing has improved a lot since then. I love the story of this book though, so I want to revise it, edit it and then start querying it.
- Revise Allegro Academy. Same as above – although I wrote this one after I wrote The Sleeping Kingdom, it’s still in need of a makeover.
- Query my YA novella. I only sent this to one publisher, who didn’t bite but had nice comments about it, and ever since I’ve been too afraid to submit it anywhere. Time to get over those fears!
- Finish the first draft of Fear Club. Fear Club is the first book in a chapter book series I’m planning. I want to finish the draft for the first book, edit it, and get it ready to submit.
- Work on Winnie the Witch picture book series.
- Finish draft for at least one MG book, be it The Upside-Down Pyramid or Monster Hotel, or another one.
Angel of Death Series
- Write first draft of Demonic Pact. The first book in this series, The Soul Thief, came out in November. I have to focus on marketing that one, yet at the same time, find some time to write the next book in the series. This book is begging me to start writing it, I swear. It haunts my dreams.
- Edit Demonic Pact and submit to publisher. I want to get the sequel to The Soul Thief out in 2015, and preferably the third book as well.
- Write first draft of Angel Assassin, the third book in the series.
- Edit Angel Assassin and submit to publisher.
- If possible, write a free (or cheap) novella in this series.
- Work on edits for Reflected. The sequel to Fractured, Reflected, will release in 2015, so I’ll need to go through the editing and proofreading stages for that one.
- Write a novella in this series.
- Work on an outline for the spin-off series, based on Felicia (a character from the books)
- Write first draft for Shattered, the third book in the Mirrorland series.
Weirdville & Valentina’s Spooky Adventures
- The Weirdville Omnibus. If all goes well, the Weirdville omnibus will release in May 2015, but of course that means I need to clear some time to edit it (in case I add bonus content), formatting, and so on.
- Keep working on the promotion for these books, and get at least 10 reviews for each of the books.
- Work on the edits and formatting for Grave Error, the sixth book in the Weirdville series.
- Set up a book tour for The Clumsy Magician and Grave Error.
Well, that’s it for me. Still, those are a lot of goals! I hope I can achieve at least some of them. What are your goals for 2015? Feel free to link in the comments.