It’s that time of year again... The Halloween decorations are packed away (boo!!) and the “holiday” music and “shop now” commercials are everywhere. Do you find yourself looking at the calendar and wondering “How is it already November? What did I accomplish all year?” If so, now is a good time to look back at what you achieved this year and start planning for next year.
Perhaps you took some time off from writing this year and want to get back in the swing of things. Or maybe this year you didn’t focus on marketing as much as you wanted. Evaluating your writing goals for next year and setting reasonable action steps now will help you get on target for 2014.
Everyone’s writing career and goals are different. Think about what you want for you. If you write magazine articles, are there any major publications you’re targeting? Start brainstorming ideas now, make a list of places to send queries, and check out their sites for their latest submission guidelines. (It’s also time to be thinking 3-6 months ahead and plan those summer stories!)
Write fiction? Have you explored new publications and markets? If you’re published in one genre, are you going to expand your horizons and write a different type of story? Is the writing part going fine, but you need to develop your online profile and/or marketing? Spend some time exploring writing-related websites and blogs, Yahoo Groups, social media groups, and advertising opportunities for your work. Are your blog, website, newsletter, and author page(s) up to date or should they get a refresh for the new year?
The end of the year is also a good time to do some simple “housecleaning” and organizing. Go through old writing guidelines and throw out (or delete) one that are outdated or not for you. Update your writing resume (you do have one, right?), and back up your files! Spend some time targeting your goals now, and you’ll be on your way to success as 2014 dawns.
So what’s on my agenda for 2014? A paperback anthology of three erotic historical romances (A Midsummer Night's Delights, A Midwinter Night's Delights, and Ultimate Night's Delights, a new historical from Medallion Press (Dangerous Indenture) is coming out in the spring, and I’m writing a new paranormal romance, guest blogging, and doing interviews. www.KelliWilkins.com and in my newsletter. And if you haven't signed up for my newsletter, Kelli's Quill, now is the perfect time - it has a great new format.Stay tuned for updates on my site