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Year-End Goal Review

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on December 30, 2018

Each year, it’s important to set personal as well as business goals. And accordingly, at the end of the year, we should review how much we’ve accomplished and what needs to carry over for next time. I hold myself accountable to you, so let’s see where we stand on the writing aspect. As for the personal angle, I survived our daughter’s wedding. That is a herculean task in itself.

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CREATIVE GOALS

Reissue ebook Author’s Edition Silver Serenade – January 9, 2018

Reissue print Author’s Edition Died Blonde – February 6, 2018

Produce Body Wave Audiobook – May 11, 2018

Promote Large Print Edition of Hair Brained – Aug. 8, 2018

Finish and Launch Trimmed to Death – Sept. 25, 2018

Publish Writing the Cozy Mystery: Expanded Second Edition – Nov. 12, 2018

Write Epilogue to Hair Brained – Launched as short story Hairball Hijinks – June 12, 2018

Revise Keeper of the Rings – Reissued July 13, 2018

Revise Dead Roots (Revisions Done; Needs read-through)

Continue backlist title reissues (Revisions Done on Perish by Pedicure and Killer Knots)

Plot Easter Hair Hunt novella (In Progress)

BUSINESS GOALS

Prepare PowerPoint lectures and handouts for upcoming events (DONE)

Enter Hair Brained in writing contests (DONE – Also entered latest titles into contests)

Keep up with newsletter, blogs and social media

LEARNING GOALS

Learn how to do Facebook Ads (NOT DONE)

Learn how to put books on sale across various vendors (NOT DONE)

As you see, I did great in the creative arena but didn’t reach my learning goals. In January, I’ll formulate new goals for 2019. How about you? What were your major accomplishments this year?

 

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Setting Goals

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on January 4, 2016

Happy New Year! It’s time to look forward to what we hope to accomplish in the coming months. Every year, I set goals and separate them into the creative and business aspects of writing. So here are my goals for 2016.

You’ll note there’s only one new book in the mix. I still need several months to finish this story and polish it before submission. Then I plan to continue revising my backlist titles and get them into audio. I’ll have a big learning curve involved with the audio process using ACX. I have to learn how to attract a narrator, what qualities to look for in choosing one, how to evaluate each chapter as it’s done in audio, and where to promote audio books. This process is apt to take quite a few months, at least for the first time until I know what I’m doing.

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I’ll also have a steep learning curve if I decide to bundle my first three revised backlist titles into a box set. This involves cover design, formatting, scheduling, pricing, and promotion. It promises to be a time-consuming venture should I go this route, but it could be a bonus for readers. What do you think? Is this something that might interest you?

Plus, I need to spend more time on exercise in 2016 and less time in the chair. That’s a prime goal for the new year. So here’s a glimpse of what’s on my list.

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WRITING GOALS

Finish and Submit Hair Brained, #14 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries.
Publish Author’s Edition of Permed to Death, #1 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries.
Commence audio book process via ACX, starting with Permed to Death.
Revise backlist mystery titles Highlights to Heaven, Died Blonde and Dead Roots.
Learn how to write short fiction.

BUSINESS GOALS

Enter Peril by Ponytail in writing contests.
Learn about box sets. Consider bundling books 1-3 as a special offer.
Hold launch parties for each backlist Author’s Edition and audios.
Plan promo campaign for Facials Can Be Fatal to be released Feb. 2017.
Keep up with quarterly newsletter, blogs and social media.

Have you set your objectives yet for 2016?

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Writing Goals for 2015

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on January 4, 2015

Usually I split my career goals into two paths, the creative end and the business of writing. So here are my upcoming objectives for 2015.

WRITING GOALS

Finish and Submit Facials Can Be Fatal, #13 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries.
Revise backlist mystery titles, including Hair Raiser, Murder by Manicure, and Body Wave.
Commence audio book process starting with Permed to Death.
Hire editor for two standalone mysteries and consider bundling them as a box set.
Begin plotting #14 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries.
Consider timeline for writing books #4-6 in the Drift Lords Series.

BUSINESS GOALS

Hold launch party for each backlist title as the revised Author’s Edition is published.
Plan promo campaign for Peril by Ponytail, #12 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries, due out in October.
Enter books in writing contests.
Keep up with quarterly newsletter, blogs and social networking sites.

And what do you hope to accomplish this year?

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Goals Met

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! It’s traditional on this day to revisit what’s been accomplished over the past twelve months. So I dug up my goal list from this time last year to see what actually got done. Here we go:

WRITING GOALS

Finish Peril by Ponytail, #12 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries. (DONE; Turned in, edits finished, book is scheduled for release in October 2015)

Do edits for Warrior Lord, #3 in the Drift Lords series, when I get them from my editor. Read through the page proofs until this project is complete and in production. (DONE; Book Released August 2014)

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Complete edits on Murder at Your Service, an original mystery that I plan to indie publish. (NOT DONE; put this project on the back burner.)

 

BUSINESS GOALS

Implement marketing plan for Hanging By A Hair, #11 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries, due out in April. (DONE)

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Complete legal preparation for indie publishing venture by the end of January (DONE). Hire book cover designer and book formatter (DONE).

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Publish Writing the Cozy Mystery in time for SleuthFest at the end of February. (DONE).

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Design marketing plan for Warrior Lord (DONE).

Begin prep work for Thumbs Up, my father’s travel memoir, a true adventure of his cross-country hitchhiking journey in 1929. (DONE AND PUBLISHED).

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So it appears I’ve accomplished all but one of my goals. I had two works of fiction and two works of nonfiction published in 2014. That’s quite enough, since launch parties and promo took up the rest of the time. In fact, that’s more than what I hope to do in 2015. In another post, I’ll share my new goals for the coming year.

How about you? Did you get done all you set out to do?

 

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Set Your Writing Goals

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on January 2, 2011

This is the time of year when we make New Year’s resolutions. For writers, it’s time to set new goals for the coming year. I suggest separating out your actual writing goals from your business goals. The former deals with these questions: What writing projects do you plan to tackle and in what order? Will you complete a proposal, finish a book, or write a synopsis? Next come your business goals. Which projects do you plan to submit and to whom? Will you enter any contests? When and how will you start promoting your next release? What markets are you targeting?

Some of these may need adjustment as the year goes on. Here is a tally of how I did in 2010:

WRITING GOALS

Revise Warrior Prince. (DONE)

Write proposal for second book in Concierge mystery series. (DONE)

Write Warrior Rogue. (DONE)

Revise Yacht Club mystery proposal. (DONE)

Write synopsis for Silver Serenade sequel.

BUSINESS GOALS

Set up online file storage: Mozy or Carbonite. (DONE)                   

Download Dropbox to share files among my computers. (DONE)

Design and order bookmarks for Silver Serenade. (DONE)

Schedule interviews and blog tour for Silver Serenade. (DONE)

Find a home for Shear Murder. (DONE)

Start a Twitter account. (DONE)

Index Blog Posts. (DONE)

E-book conversion for Circle of Light, Moonlight Rhapsody, and Starlight Child. (DONE)

E-Book conversion for Keeper of the Rings.

The goals that I did not accomplish go on my list for 2011 along with new ones I’ve added. Again, you should prioritize each item so you go down the list in order. Make your goals attainable and be specific. Also be realistic in your expectations.

My new business goals will include promotion for Shear Murder, due out in January 2012. I’d also like to try something I haven’t done before, such as a chat or a podcast. My writing goals will include doing a synopsis for Warrior Lord, the third book in my paranormal trilogy. And I am still working on updating Keeper of the Rings to make it available for ebook formats. So far I have four writing goals and seven business goals for 2011.

How did you do in 2010, and what do you have planned for 2011?

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