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Writing Goals for 2018

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on January 2, 2018

Do you set New Year’s Resolutions for your writing career? I divide mine into creative and business goals and also decide what I need to learn next. At the end of the year, I review my accomplishments and see what has to be carried over to the next term. Here are my objectives for 2018. Any additions or suggestions? What are your goals for the new year?

Goals

CREATIVE GOALS

Reissue revised ebook edition of Silver Serenade
Publish revised Author’s Edition of Died Blonde
Publish Writing the Cozy Mystery: Expanded Second Edition
Produce Body Wave Audiobook
Finish and Launch Trimmed to Death, #15 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries

If there’s time left, start on these projects:
Plot Bad Hair Day mystery novella
Revise
Keeper of the Rings
Revise
Dead Roots
Continue backlist title reissues and audiobooks

BUSINESS GOALS

Prepare PowerPoint lectures and handouts for upcoming events
Enter Hair Brained in writing contests
Keep up with newsletter, blogs and social media

LEARNING GOALS

Learn how to do Facebook Ads
Learn how to put books on sale across various vendors

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5 Responses to “Writing Goals for 2018”

  1. Eileen Gabriel said

    Hi Nancy!
    I knew you (not personally) from the monthly FRW meetings and Sleuthfest. I just read your 2018 writing/business goals and I was wondering if you’d share your personal writing schedule with us? You have a lot that you are planning to do this year and any advice you have for successful multi-tasking would be appreciated. Some writers write everyday no matter what, and some don’t. I’d just like to know your schedule. Maybe it would inspire me. I don’t like to work on just one thing at a time, but if I don’t, I feel unfocused. Help!
    Thanks! And Happy New Book/Year!
    Eileen Gabriel

    • Hi Eileen. Writing on my own schedule differs from writing to a deadline from a publisher. If the latter is the case, I’d divide the number of days until this date, minus vacations and other time off, by the page count to see how many pages I must write per day. When I’m on my own, I aim for 5 pages a day or 25 pages per week. But this is when I’m actively writing a book. At other times, I’ll spend time on marketing or revisions, which is what I’m doing now. Regarding these 2018 goals, I’m already ahead because Silver Serenade is up for pre-order. I’m proofing the pdf copy of Died Blonde from my formatter and then that title will be ready to upload. Then I’ll be due to start my next audiobook. I can work on line editing for Trimmed to Death at the same time, while dividing my day. Listen to audio chapters in the morning, line edit in the afternoon. I’m fortunate to be able to write full-time. I start very early in the morning, so I can have afternoons free to go out with family or friends or to work on marketing stuff. It’s a matter of being very focused and accomplishing these daily goals. Today my goal is to read at least fifty pages in Died Blonde. I have started entering contests for Hair Brained. And I have also finished my preliminary revisions for Writing the Cozy Mystery. That’s ready to go to Beta readers. It’s all about goal-setting and sticking to our objectives. I hope this helps.

      • Eileen Gabriel said

        Thanks, Nancy. Yes, it helps. I appreciate it. I’ll map-out my goals on paper. Maybe that will help me get more organized. (Fingers crossed)

  2. […] part of my goals for this year as mentioned in an earlier post, I plan to have five releases. Two of these objectives have been met. Silver Serenade came out in a […]

  3. […] part of my goals for this year as mentioned in an earlier post, I plan to have five releases. Two of these objectives have been met. Silver Serenade came out in a […]

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