Monday, December 9, 2013

Get Started on Next Year, Now

Hi everyone!
It’s that time of year again. The Halloween decorations are packed away and the “holiday” music and “shop now” commercials are everywhere. Do you find yourself looking at the calendar and wondering “How is it already December? 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. Evaluating your writing goals and setting reasonable action steps now will help you get on target for 2014.

Perhaps you took some time off from writing this year and want to get back in the swing of things. Maybe your writing muse went on vacation to Hawaii and hasn’t come back yet. That’s okay. It’s fine to take a break from writing for a while – but not too long. Writing exercises, journaling, and free writing story ideas are great ways to revive your motivation.

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 found any new publications and markets? Signed up for online market newsletters? If you’re published in one genre (say, romance or horror), 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? Explore 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 Go through old writing guidelines and throw out (or delete) ones that are outdated or not for you.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? My second historical romance from Medallion Press, Dangerous Indenture, is coming out in the spring, and I’m writing a new paranormal romance, mulling over ideas for another gay romance, guest blogging, and doing interviews about my latest romance, UltimateNight’s Delights.

Look for my big end-of-year newsletter on my next blog!

Happy Reading & Best Wishes in 2014!

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