My Writing Goals for 2017


So much floating in the air, so much to do, and so much I really would like to get done in the upcoming year.  Still, I’m trying hard to make my goals realistic and keep in mind my rather poor performance in 2016 while also trying to push myself to get out of my funk and get stuff done.  

As with last year, I am mostly aiming for big goals with smaller sub-goals below it that lead to its completion.

Writing Projects

This is the first year in a long time I don’t have some new first draft or nearly complete first draft from NaNo pushing me to get other things done so it can get revision attention.  Indeed, while I did start a new novel, where it will end up is anyone’s guess. 

So for now, this year’s big writing projects to focus on are Girl in the Forest and my non-fiction project, Going Indie

Girl in the Forest – publish on April 28

I fully acknowledge this planned publication date for Girl in the Forest is a seriously Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG), but challenging myself to do it anyway.  Secondary ideal launch date is September 10th, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.

  1. Process beta feedback by February 28th
  2. To editor by March 7th
  3. Set up pre-order on March 7th
  4. Process edits and do final read through by April 10th
  5. Final proofread by April 15th
  6. Print formatting done by April 18th and final page count to Kerry for cover finalization
  7. E-Book formatting done by April 20th
  8. Plan launch day promotion and get set up during month of April

Going Indie – Get to Launch Plan Ready

This is my non-fiction project and its dates are more nebulous in part due to having no idea how long it will really take me to write the thing.  It’s already at 43,000 words and I’m only in the third of 11 planned major sections.  I’m also working on this in conjunction with creating some workshops and video content with it.  So it’s a harder one to pin down, so not setting a launch date, just aiming to get it to the point that next year’s goals will have that.

  1. Finish first draft by August 31st
  2. Process feedback from test group by October 31st or within 30 days after last presentation
  3. Final fact checks and updates for changes during year by December 31st
  4. Line up beta readers
  5. Decide on related video content to create and make creation plan for them

The Rest

For the most part, other than promoting, Aisuru is fairly stable and I’m not likely to do much, if anything, else with it other than possibly re-releasing the hardback.  Deviations still has some shifting to get through, and of course I do have new stuff to work on too.

  1. Aisuru – plan some sort of bigish promotion, probably around its anniversary and the show’s 100th episode in March
  2. Deviations – wide e-book release by February 28th
    1. Finalize new cover with Kerry
    2. Fix ePub file and do any final formatting tweaks to be consistent with branding
    3. Update paperback interior formatting, as needed
    4. Set up paperback with IngramSpark again with new cover
    5. Update CreateSpace with new paperback interior and cover
    6. Update KDP with new e-book cover and interior file
    7. Set up on other e-book platforms
    8. Do a Net Galley run after wide launch is done
  3. Finish first draft of untitled NaNo 2016 Novel by September 30th (and update goal with title when I decide on one)
  4. Write new novel for NaNo 2017 in November

Everything Else

I debated making a section for the podcasts and website, but I don’t have really have enough goals in those areas for that.  For the podcasts, it’s mostly just keep releasing episodes, with one exception below.  And yes, despite my “failure” in 2016, I’m still setting my reading goal to 200 books, though I did amend it to account for all the omnibuses!

  1. Anma’s Manga Minute – create a better podcast cover that fits a square image better by March 1st
  2. The Lackadaisical Writer – come up with a 100th episode plan by March 1st
  3. Website
    1. Redo website design to be more focused on books first, podcast second, blog third versus current blog first, rest second design
    2. Update direct store, including better images, descriptions, and organization
  4. Read at least 200 books (or equivalent)
    1. Read at least 5 books from my current physical TBR shelf (any book added to said shelf before December 31, 2016)
    2. Read at least 5 books from my current digital TBR shelf (again any book added to said shelf before December 31, 2016)
    3. Read at least 5 non-fiction books
  5. Really BHAG: create  my own sales tracking tool, similar to TrackerBox but without the high price tag and BookTrakr but without the foolishness of trusting someone else with all my account logins; probably web-based because web is what I do LOL

P. S. I’ll be doing the podcast reviewing how 2016 turned out in the next day or two. 🙂