My New Year’s Writing Resolutions

People say New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken. They laugh and spew off some statistic about how many people quit their go-to-the-gym resolution within the first week of the New Year. To them, I say it all depends on your motivation.

Last year, I made it my New Year’s resolution to write a novel — not even publish a novel. Write one. I just wanted to actually dig in and see if I could do something I’d always wanted to accomplish.

Guess what? I didn’t write a novel. I wrote two. I’m not bragging — I just want to illustrate the fact that not all resolutions have to be crap. The key is to make a plan (with concrete, measurable goals), stick to a routine, and track your progress. Here are my resolutions as an author for 2014:

1. I will finish The Defectors Trilogy. Book two is coming out in January, and I’m almost finished outlining book three. I’m hoping to have a first draft completed by March, which puts me at a word count of about 1,500 words per day. (Full disclosure: I’m already about 15,000 words in.) This puts the expected release date in May of 2014.

2. I want to start a new series and get two of those books written (and at least one published). I’ve been in a hyper-creative mode the last few days, so I have some ideas stirring in the back of my mind for the new series.

3. I want to get The Defectors Trilogy into other retailers. Right now, I’m only on Amazon because I like KDP Select. However, I’m hoping to get the series into Kobo, Nook, and iBooks by the end of summer 2014.

4. My word count goal for this year is 350,000 words. That seems like a lot, but in 2013, I wrote 214,924 words despite having some very spotty months and several months where I only edited.

Of course I have financial goals for the business (yes, I said business), but these are very rough because I have no idea what is possible once you have multiple books out.

The truth is that I’m trying to approach indie publishing as a business, and I absolutely love it. People always say that indie authors must be marketers, too — as if this is a terrible burden — but honestly, when you’re a control freak like me with a marketing background, it’s so much fun. It’s a great time to be an author, and I’m very excited for 2014.

2014 is also about connecting with readers, as it’s the first year I have readers. Cool, right?

Why am I sharing these goals? Because for me, writing goals down is critical, and sharing them gives me an extra layer of accountability.

What are your 2014 New Year’s resolutions?

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