Last December I sat down to write out my goals for my first year of publishing. It's kind of amazing how little I knew about something as simple as setting goals. Here's the link to my post from last year. I will go over each piece and why I was successful or not and how I plan to change that for the upcoming year. I will post my new goals in January.
In the first paragraph I talked about how making sure our goals are attainable and that in reality I'd like to just make any money at all. For those of you who don’t know, 2016 was my first year in publishing. I learned so much. I spent so much time studying indie publishing and the publishing world in general I thought I was ready to kick this business off without a hitch. Boy was I wrong!
Here are 2016s goals with my notes in red:
1. Complete and publish the first season of The Starsboro Chronicles: I completed and published 5 of the ten. The sixth one was well on it's way when my life imploded. I had family drama and emergencies followed by an impulsive pregnancy that landed me in the hospital with a massive blood clot. Do you know how tired blood thinners can make you? I have to nap every single day!
2. Complete and prepare the second season: I have a vague outline of most of season 2. This one goes in the failure column for sure.
3. Complete and publish at least 1 full length novel: I have one full length novel about half way done and a novella that just needs a few finishing touches. This is also a fail for me. I should have focused more on one project. And I should have made that the project I was most interested in writing at the time instead of forcing myself to write something I wasn't really into.
4. Earn enough money pay off my credit card debt: I made... wait for it... $30. Don’t get me wrong, this is still pretty awesome considering people were buying my books! Still, not quite what I had in mind. To make this more of a reality I will be setting specific monetary goals and building my audience (email list!) to ensure I can attain those goals.
5. Outline all twenty-three novels that are bouncing around in my head: I outlined a lot. But I'm pretty certain it was not all twenty-three. Sadly, at this point I'm not even sure what those twenty-three were... So next time around I'll throw the working titles in here at least for my own benefit.
6. Write a few of those outlines into first drafts: I wrote the Chronicles into drafts. And half drafted the full length one. So Again. Didn't happen.
7. Write two blog posts and create two vlog posts every month: I never started the vlog but totally rocked the blog. As you can see by how many posts we have one year later. During my health issues I slipped a bit but that's to be expected when you're puking your guts out and in so much pain you beg anyone who will listen to either cut your leg off or put you out of your misery.
8. Read 12 books by Indie Authors: I read 6 (8 if I can finish the two I'm currently reading before the 1st! I know I can finish at least one)
9. Give honest reviews of those books: And left reviews for all 6. So, I will renew this goal for next year. I think it's still attainable, even with baby on the way.
So, the number one mistake I made with these goals? It wasn't not planning for disasters/life. It wasn’t that I made too many or that they weren't attainable. It was that I never actually looked back at them after I posted this. I completely forgot about the outlining goal. I made new goals for myself halfway through the year and I never checked in on my progress.
To help myself in 2017, I will be doing quarterly check ins with V and by breaking each goal into pieces. For example If I want to read 12 books in 2017 and I know after I have this baby I'm going to need some time before I'm ready to dive into fiction again so I will try to read four before she is born instead of just three.
It's also important to see the things I achieved that were not goals. I won the New Apple E-Books Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing in the humor category. I have made great strides towards growing this business (Helping authors) and I five titles published under my name. These are all great feats that I may never have completed if I hadn't started 2016 full of optimism and hope.
Don't look at unreached goals as something to be ashamed of. Use them to learn and make your new year even better. I will post my new goals and how I plan to achieve them next week.
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