Did you set goals for 2014? We’re fast approaching the middle of the year. How are you doing?
Soon, at least for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, it will be summer. School will be out. When my children were young, I always found my writing time decreased dramatically in the summer. I wanted to spend more time with my children, and now that they’re grown and living their own lives, I’m so glad I did. Also, simply having nicer weather in the summer temps me, and I’m sure others, to participate in outdoor activities. That swimming pool just yards away from where I’m sitting right now can be tempting, especially when the temperatures sneak up to the 80s.
Also, by this time, perhaps you’ve reached the goals you set in January. Or maybe those goals need to be tweaked.
Last January I set myself 5 goals. Number one was to work closely with my editor at Robert Hale Ltd as A KILLER PAST was prepared for release. Well, I have had contact with my editor and I know the book is scheduled for release March 2015, but I haven’t heard from her since then. So my new goal is to again contact her and see what their plans are and what I need to do.
My second goal was to support new writers in any way I could. I have had one guest blogger (Ellen Larson), but I need to do more. One group I belong to (MMRWA) has recommended that members tweet or retweet announcements of members’ new releases. That’s definitely on my to-do list.
My third goal was to have a great time in Orlando at the 2014 Sleuthfest. I did. Now I’m looking forward to Writers’ Police Academy, which will be held in Greensboro, NC September 3-8. (http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/)
My fourth goal was to send the third book in my Crows series (P.J. mysteries), EAT CROW AND DIE, off to Five Star/Gale/Cengage for their consideration. I have done that and am now waiting for a final decision. (I hate waiting, but that’s the name of the game.)
And finally, my fifth goal was to get two of my romances (published in the 80s) out as e-books with Kindle Direct Publishing. Well, I’m a little more than halfway there, and the exciting part is last week I hired a Virtual Assistant (http://www.mygirlfridayva.com/), Florence Price, to help me with covers, formatting for the various e-readers, and publicity. Not only will she be helping me, but I have a feeling she’ll keep me focused so I will accomplish more…even if it is summertime.
So how are you doing?