Goals for 2014

What are your goals for 2014? (Notice, I said goals, not resolutions. Resolutions are those promises you make to yourself and then rapidly forget. Goals are what we work toward.) I have several goals in mind for 2014.

1. To work closely with my editor at Robert Hale Ltd. so my “former assassin” book—A KILLER PAST—will be the best we can make it. (And not to get upset if they change the title.)

Working with a new editor is always an interesting and exciting experience. Over the years, I’ve worked with more than a dozen editors and have enjoyed the experience and learned from each. The nice thing is editors want to produce a great book just as much as I do.

2. To support new writers in any way I can.

Wednesday, January 15th, Ellen Larson will be a guest on my blog. Ellen’s book, IN RETROSPECT, was recently published by Five Star (the publisher of my Crow books), and we met last year at “Sleuthfest in Sarasota”. She’s also a snowbird taking advantage of Florida’s warmer winters.

3. To have a great time in Orlando at the 2014 Sleuthfest (Feb 28th-March 2nd)

I know I will. First off, I’ll be spending time with my Five Star editor’s wife, Deni Dietz. She is always fun to be around. (She’s also the acquiring editor for Five Star.) Also I’ll be on a panel with other wonderful mystery writers (talking about plotting), and I’ll be mingling with some of my favorite authors. (If you’re at Sleuthfest, say hi. http://www.mwaflorida.org )

4. To send the third book in my Crows series (P.J. mysteries) off to Five Star/Gale/Cengage for their consideration.

I did change it’s working title to EAT CROW AND DIE (who knows if that will remain the same), and it’s with my Beta readers right now. I hope they find all my errors.

5. To get two of my romances (published in the 80s) out as e-books with Kindle Direct Publishing.

I’ve had SOUNDS LIKE LOVE up with Smashwords, and after I make a few changes in the front matter, it should be ready to upload. I’m in the process of retyping STORYBOOK HERO so it will be ready to upload. I prefer to retype the book rather than go with scanning. I’ve heard some horror stories about scanned books, but more than that, I take this opportunity to update the story, at least a little. (I’ll write more about that in another blog.)

Those are my goals, at least for the first few months of 2014. Of course, I have my wish list, but that’s another blog.

To all, I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and that your expectations (and goals) for 2014 are all positive.


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11 Responses to Goals for 2014

  1. Great goals, Maris! This year I want to:
    1. finish projects I’ve started
    2. find better, more efficient ways to market

    I loved your book Sounds Like Love. Hope it does well as a re-issue!

  2. Melissa Keir says:

    Happy New Year. My goal this year is perspective. I need to see things in reality not what my emotions tell me.

  3. Elorise Holstad says:

    Maris ~~
    Have to say, I like your title, EAT CROW AND DIE. It’s quirky and cute. Also, I’ll be looking for more info on your blog about “updating” your books for Smashwords.

    I did have a nice little writing “goal” list going, but everything changed yesterday when my hubs broke his leg … slipped on the ice. Gah. It’s going to be a long winter.
    Cheers anyway, and Happy New Year,
    Elorise H.

  4. Diane Burton says:

    Love the title of Book 3, Eat Crow & Die. That is just perfect. 🙂 Happy New Year, Maris.

  5. Happy New Year! Good luck on your goals and the blogsite looks great 🙂


  6. Lucy Kubash says:

    You have some great goals. I’m still working on mine but they do include publishing two/three more e-books of short stories and finishing one new full length ms. Happy New Year and congrats on the sale of Killer Past! Nice way to start 2014.

  7. Sandra Stone says:

    Maris, Your first paragraph was outstanding. Great insight and motivation. Happy 2014!