Earlier this month I made a joke to Cameron about when we do these in vlog format how my goal recap will mostly consist of me staring down the camera with vacant eyes and saying “nothimg” when she asks what I accomplished that year. And as much as this made me giggle, it’s hard when it feels like the truth. So here’s a review of the goals I set for 2017. Stay tuned for what I have planned for 2018!
These are my professional goals, broken into Writing, Publishing, and Marketing (which Cameron tells me I should maybe start doing more of, instead of hiding in a hole). Asterisks mark my stretch goals or an alternate project if I get totally stumped on another one.
Finish the final draft of Madness and Gods
Draft one of my romance novels
*Draft Blood and Mercy
Ok, I didn’t do so badly here! Madness and Gods is almost complete, and I have a sensitivity reader and a specialized editor lined up for the manuscript in Jan-March. This book proved to have a lot more in store for me than when I first set out to work on it this year, and I’m really pleased with where it’s going. Strangers is about 50% complete, and while I didn’t win NaNoWriMo (which is what I was using to help that drafting process) what I did write I feel really good about. I also wrote and finished “Disciples,” a Nel Bently Universe short story that will be published in our sci-fi anthology Beamed Up!
The stretch goal of Blood and Mercy was just that, a stretch-goal, and I didn’t get that far. Romance didn’t happen either (writing-wise at least!) for me this year, but I’ve done a lot of outlining and am excited about where my Victoria Spencer brand is headed.
Publish Madness and Gods
*Publish Romance novel
This, right here, is where I vacantly stare. I’m sure you’ll see these on my next post about goals for 2018. While I didn’t get to any of these, like literally, any of them, I did publish my Reforged-world short, “The Tempest” in our dark fantasy Out of the Darkness, and submit another short “Familiar Waters” to a queer “under the sea” themed anthology, which I’m hopeful about! I received a significant promotion during the last few months of this digging season at my day job as an archaeologist, which I was thrilled about. This also meant, however, that some of my time after work is spent doing field director tasks, as opposed to writing, and I’m more mentally tired than I used to be. I’m hoping I’ll figure out a good schedule this coming season as I get used to my new work load.
Run marketing campaigns every other month for one of my series and for my mailing list.
Run promotional campaigns before each release.
I did do better on marketing this year, which would be impossible without the genius of Cameron’s marketing abilities. I was able to run a few campaigns, and I’ve done well with my Reader’s List newsletter. I’ve also had good luck networking, both virtually and at comic-cons, which we hope to return to next year as well. I plan to do more automation, and get my new releases out with more of a bang. Though I was disappointed with how little publishing I accomplished this year, I think I’ve learned a lot to help make next year much more successful. I’m looking forward to sharing those goals with you!
V.S. Holmes is the author of both fantasy and science fiction. Smoke and Rain, the first in her epic fantasy quartet, and Travelers, the first Nel Bently Book are now available on Amazon. She can be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.
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