The end of the year makes us feel wistful for what we had, and hopeful for who we can become. No wonder end year lists are so popular. We want to look back and see the best of the past, get as far away from the worst as we can, and start planning for all the good stuff the universe owes us for getting through it all.
I haven’t worked out all of my personal goals for 2013. There will be something about not being so hard on myself, and something else about not getting caught up in other people’s nonsense. I would also like to be more kind, though that seems to come at odds with the other people’s nonsense bit, since to do that, my first thought is to tell people where they can stick it. So for now, I’m going to focus on the career goals.
Last year I wrote a treatise on what I would do every month of the year, and by March, it was clear that a lot of it wasn’t going to happen, because a good chunk of what I wrote was dependent on things happening that I had no control over. It was still a successful year, but this time I’m keeping the goals simple:
- Pick up 2013 publishing marketplace books
- Send New Year cards to my editing clients
- Finish edits for my novel and send to my agent
- Send two picture books to my agent (hope she loves them)
- Revise pricing structure and company focus for Fairy Godauthor
- Figure out how to schedule blog posts and tweets (!!!)
- Identify three non-fic subjects for middle grade chap books
- Do preliminary research and spec one of those stories
- Identify non-fic children’s publishers and query
- Review and begin revising sequel to GM
- Read at least 20 award-winning and acclaimed books
Happy New Year, everyone!