Public Declaration

A particular list serve that I belong to has a long-running tradition of making goals and publishing them on our list for all to see.  The list is comprised of more than 300 children’s writers and illustrators, and many of us credit this practice with helping to advance our careers. I decided this year that I would go one better and post my goals on my blog.  This makes them public in a whole new way, with a whole new group of friends and readers available to help hold me accountable to the promises I make here.

I’ve spent a number of days thinking about these goals, and I feel that they are attainable, but that they will require effort and commitment.  Thus, without further ado, here are my 2008 writing goals:

# 1 – Finish my s/f novel and have it sold before the end of the year.  This is going to require a bigger commitment to writing time, and also to marketing time.

# 2 – Obtain an agent with whom I can work amicably.  Having worked with two agents previously, the second half of this goal is more important to me than the first.  Not just any agent will do.  I’d rather go on representing myself than to have a bad agent/author relationship like I experienced previously.

# 3 Increase my marketing effort for my existing books and secure more book signings, school visits, and teaching opportunities.  While the royalty checks are great, the money making opportunities provided by these activities could be worth as much or more than the books.  More money earned this way means less time teaching basic grammar (not that I don’t like my job, but I’m a writer first, not an English teacher).

# 4 – Revise my earlier novel which received some favorable feedback from editors when I first wrote it.  I’m a much stronger writer now than when I started, and I still believe in this story, but I think I can rewrite it with a better voice, a sharper plot, and a more credible ending.  I’ll have this finished by the end of the year.

So there they are – my writing goals for the coming year.  Feel free to ask me about them, and to hold me accountable if you don’t see me commenting on them from time to time.  I feel a renewed energy with this new year, and despite its looming challenges (my father-in-law’s declining health for one), I am optimistic about the direction this year is going to take.

I wish you all a bountiful new year filled with blessings and love.

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