2013 Progress: What a Difference a Year Makes (Inspired by Kendra Ayers)

This post was inspired by Kendra Ayers' (@ayers_kendra) post, "What a Difference a Year Makes."

My 2013 Goals

Here's what I set out to do this year (and how I did):
  1. Revise first novel. Done.
  2. Publish first novel. Happening (very) early January 2014
  3. Finish writing second novel. In progress.
  4. Write third novel. Not started.
  5. Revise second novel. Not started.
  6. Write and submit two short stories. One acceptance.
  7. Publish second novel. Not started.
  8. Read 24 books. Done.
  9. Grow reader fan base through blogging and a newsletter. Great progress (and continuing).

What I Accomplished

As you may or may not have noticed, I didn't succeed with every goal. And I am okay with that. I tend to be ambitious when it comes to goal-setting, and I'm so proud and excited of what I've done so far.

Especially since my life took kind of an unexpected turn in 2013. When I set these goals, I was at a different place in my life and was pretty sure that I'd be staying at home with my toddler. I had recently graduated from college, and the job market was extremely tough for my major, but I ended up with a part-time job offer at the very last minute.

I accepted and am now busier than ever (but content), which is why I'm particularly happy with what I've managed to do. I'm a tiny bit more financially stable and am able to do two things I adore.

Unbreakable Love edits also required more work than I ever expected, and I chose to invest significant time to improve the story rather than publish it to meet my deadline. Now my editor and I are so much happier with the book, and I'm getting ready to publish it any day now.

When I got the Unbreakable Love proofread back, it hit me hard how close I am to being a self-published writer. I've wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, and now it's finally coming true. I just can't believe it, and I'm incredibly thankful for the amazing support I've gotten along my journey.

I can't wait to see what 2014 holds.

What I'm Accomplishing in 2014

Here are my goals for the upcoming year. I have no idea if I'll meet every goal, but that's okay. If I can publish one more book (two would be awesome), then I'll be more than happy.

  1. Write second novel. In progress.
  2. Revise second novel.
  3. Publish second novel.
  4. Write third novel.
  5. Write and submit one short story.
  6. Read 24 books.
  7. Keep reaching out to readers and writers through my blog, newsletter, and social media. In progress.

Please Share

What are your goals for 2014?