The clocked turned to 12:00 am last night, and I was still wide awake. So I set about reading the first book of the new year.
Since today is the first day of a year, it seems appropriate to do the "this year's goals" post. I accomplished a lot last year, in summary: Published novelette "My Summer Vacation by Terrance Wade", wrote novella The Unanswerable, wrote 55k of WIP Good Criminal Heart, made my first ten dollars on Examiner, finished Rioss, rewrote RUHE and had an awesome beta critiquing session. And! Had RUHE in the hands of two agents (both rejected, but after initial interest, which is exciting).
Goals by month:
January: Finish Good Criminal Heart, get 30k of Where We Collide edited. Submit The Unanswerable to ABNA after a quick read through (not significant editing, just a quick one!)
February: Finish Where We Collide editing and get it to my beta readers.
March: Make edits to RUHE based on beta's comments. Attempt the same for Where We Collide.
April: Rewrite Rioss (specifically the ending and adding several scenes to make the ending make more sense).
May: Get betas for synopsis, first five pages, and queries for both RUHE and Where We Collide then start querying (this will continue for the rest of the year, goal is 15 agents RUHE and 25 agents Where We Collide)
June: Edit The Unanswerable. Get beta readers.
July: One last read through of Rioss now with new ending, then get betas.
August: Edit The Unanswerable again - maybe hire an editor. Or re-read it 10 times myself.
September: Start campaigning for the self-published release of The Unanswerable. Make some early giveaways, cover reveals, get some bloggers to help me spread the word, etc. Get betas for synopsis, first five pages, and queries for Rioss. Start querying (will continue until I reach 30 agents).
October: Release The Unanswerable (perfect end of the world tale for the month of Halloween!) Prep for NaNo.
November: NaNoWriMo! Yes, I'm going to do it again. Either The Underground, a semi-sequel to The Unanswerable or 2041, my silly sci-fi novel.
December: Wrap up any NaNo leftovers. Start editing Good Criminal Heart.
I'm hoping to start 2014 with three fully-edited pieces, another self-published work, a new novel, and a partially edited novel. Who knows, if I manage on querying the right person at the right time, maybe I'll even get a partner-in-crime (aka. an agent).
What are your goals for 2013? Good luck to everyone! Let's make this year a great one :)