This is my usual time of year to share goals and ambitions/intentions for the New Year. My critique partner, Gina Bono, and I exchange these and keep each other on track…sort of. ; ) That’s me and Gina. I’m the one with the big mouth.
So let me ask you this: Are you happy with the status quo in your life, work, writing, and your relationships? Do you hunger for more? Do you continually strive to better yourself without comparing yourself to others? That means not competing against others, because we all know that is the road to doom. Competing with your own prior numbers is the only competition allowed. But how do you qualify and quantify your progress?
The numbers game in publishing is often hard to define. How can we really know what worked to increase sales, and what was a total waste of money? What I do is one promotional thing at a time and then watch for a sales spike. If you do more than that you’ll never be able to find out what caused the spike. For instance don’t do a boost on FB and hire a company to do a twitter blast all on the same day. Pace yourself.
I do believe in being progressive. I believe in forward movement. But am I doing it? Moving, I mean. Yes. The answer is yes on the writing aspects of my life, maybe not so much on the personal level, because I tend to be a bit of a stay-at-home. I can qualify my writing by saying I succeeded in meeting my goals and plans for 2013. I can quantify my progress with those numbers. How about in 2014? At the beginning of 2014, my main goal was not to publish at the speed with which I had the year before. I’m too old for that. Plus, there was an editing/publishing and marketing curve that I needed to learn and become comfortable with. I set an easier pace in 2014, but I oftentimes missed the rush of the prior year. Had I slowed my progressive movement to a crawl? Let us see.
I had one book published. My first contemporary romance went through the editing process for a January 28, 2015 release. I completed one more contemporary in rough draft, and revised and submitted another romantic suspense, which should release in late 2015. There were no frantic deadlines, no juggling acts or transferring of hats (a la 2013) to get these jobs done. Was it an exciting year? Meh.
Looking back, it becomes obvious that I’d even slowed down on travel. Only one trip was taken and that was to RWA National in San Antonio. Only one conference was attended. In 2013, in amongst all the chaos of publishing three books, and learning about marketing and promotion, I’d attended two conferences, one trip to Australia, and another to New York City. I’d served on the board of LARA, the Los Angeles chapter of RWA as program director. There’d been one funeral and one 90th birthday celebration. Plus, I’d had three sets of visitors to my home, and this year, not one visitor and no big celebrations. All of this begs the question: Exactly what did I do in 2014? Ha ha.
I hope so, otherwise I’ve become about as progressive as a sloth. Speaking of sloths, I spent a lot of time on the couch. I ate a lot. I read a ton of books. Maybe that’s what happened? Couldn’t find a picture of a sloth, but here’s my Nikki who sure loved to sneak up onto that couch.
What about you? Have you looked over your goals achieved for last year? Have you begun to map out what you want to achieve for 2015?