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What are your goals for next month?


We all have to have goals. So what are yours for next month or so? So many goals. So much stuff to do. How will we get it all done? Grit and determination, my friends.

What are your writing goals for next month

Here are my goals for next month:

  • Get out of bed every day
  • World domination
  • Finish editing my book
  • Prep for NaNoWriMo
  • Finish my robot body
  • Do the Turning Test on my Smartphone
  • Go to Karaoke and sing off key to every song. Loudly.
  • Start a cane fight with a stranger
  • Protect my home from the zombies out and about on Oct. 31st
  • Dress up as a zombie to fool all the other zombies
  • Eat a lot of chocolate. A lot, a lot.
  • Mow the snow off my lawn

Once I accomplish all those I’ll add in some more.

I have some specific book and writing related goals as well:

  • Write a query letter
  • White a synopsis
  • Write a cover letter
  • Re-do my blurbs
  • Play around with cover ideas
  • Keep editing
  • Edit some more
  • Re-write the whole book
  • Then edit that

I actually am finishing up my book here. And I aim to see if I can get it traditionally published. So that does require the whole query, synopsis, and cover letter business that I have never really managed to do well. But practice makes perfect, eh? I have not tried traditional publishers in over a decade. All my rejection notes were ‘due to the economy’. Although most of them were quite nice. Anyway, due to the economy at the time, I chose to self-publish. But I am going to give traditional a go again. So I do want this work polished up. And that is the main game plan as it stands.

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6 thoughts on “What are your goals for next month?”

  1. Good luck with world domination! πŸ™‚

    Also, good luck with traditional publishing. That’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to as well, and while it may seem like a “cop out” to self-publish for fear of rejection (one of my rationales for not doing it), I hope it works out for you. You certainly have the talent as a writer to “make it big” whether or not that’s your goal. Believe me, I’ve read so much garbage that makes it through traditional publishing, and they don’t have nearly the talent you do. I guess my other fear with traditional publishing (aside from the whole rejection thing) is the potential loss of control, having an editor say “this is crap,” “change this,” and ended up with a final product that’s nothing like I imagined. On the other hand, there’s certainly more exposure with traditional publishing, and I think there’s a certain validation, too, in a brick and mortar publisher putting its stamp of approval on your work and releasing your work to the world with fanfare and an ISBN you can be proud of.

    Regardless of whether traditional publishing works out with your latest novel or whether you end up self-publishing, you’re still a writer, and a damn good one at that. I look forward to reading your new book!

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