2012 Writing Goals in Review
(Cross-posted on the WriteClub blog)
It’s time to revisit the writing goals I set for myself this time last year, and see how I did with them.
2012 has been a very good year, writing-wise. Not only did it seen publication of my first short story collection SOUL SCREAMS (and a launch at the BFS Open Night in June), but I also contributed to the anthology SIBLINGS, which was launched at FantasyCon. So two publications and two launches – not too shabby.
How did I do on the goals I set for myself last December? I wanted to finish DEAD COOL – the second book in the Shara Summers series – and get it out on submission. I failed dismally on this one. I had a critique session for this manuscript at the end of December 2012, and I got somewhat discouraged by the feedback. So much so, in fact, I haven’t touched it since. But on reflection I’m not yet ready to abandon this manuscript. I enjoy writing about Shara, and I’d like to finish this book.
However, I have been more successful with the horror WIP, which I wanted to completed to beta reader stage. Ordinarily beta reader stage, for me, is draft 2. For this MS I’ve added an extra draft, but draft 3 is almost finished and I expect to have it out to beta readers early in the New Year.
My third goal was to step up promotion and increase sales of the published work. Well, I did my best to boost my internet presence, but it still feels like at this stage I’m a very small fish in a very large and crowded pond. Let’s just say I’m still a long way from being able to give up the day job.
As for my goals for 2013, it may be being a tad ambitious, but I’d like to get both WIPs done. So these are my writing goals for 2013.
1. Complete DEAD COOL and have it out on submission by the end of the year.
2. Complete the horror WIP and have it out on submission by the end of the year.
I wish you a happy and successful 2013, and may you all reach your own writing goals, whatever they may be.