Alright, time to check in.
When I last updated you guys on Year of the Leap Author goals, I was in wobbly shape. I’m happy to report that February was a good month! I didn’t hit all of my goals, but I did get to most of them. So let’s check on my February Goal lists.
-Select Shorts Premises
-Develop Marketing Plan
-Choose Final Editor
-Finish 2 Novellas
-Prepare Second Drafts
If you followed along last month, you know there are two goals on that list that are carryovers from January. Suffice to say that at least one of those thin I being migrated again. the good news is that I did create my newsletter, and you can expect it the fifteenth of this month. Premises for my short are selected and outlined. My marketing plan is tentative, but strong. I still think I’ll do some editing to it, and my Editor is picked. I’m supper exited to work with her.
The Alpha’s Dream was one of the novellas I was hoping to finish and edit. It turned into a novel one all was said and done. I’m excited about its growth and pretty happy to have it flesh out so nicely. I’m excited to share it with you guys as soon as possible. Second drafts are immediately underway!
The elephants in the room are the things I didn’t get done. So here is the list of things that I am carrying over to my March Goal lists.
-Finish 2nd Novella
-Write/Edit 2 Shorts
I love keeping you updated on the progress I’m making, and I’m just as interested in the goals you keep. How is your year going so far? Did you hit your February goals? Leave your comments below.
Nathaniel Blanchard isn’t looking for a relationship, let alone a mate. In fact, he is in the process of ending one relationship that is more trouble than it was ever worth. Determined to shift gears and turn all of his attention to his new company, he’s sworn to keep his distance from women.
When Euphoria Atkins walks into his office as a potential employee, she literally transforms the energy of the room. Nathaniel feels a connection to her unlike any he’s ever had with anyone. When his wolf insists they hold on to her, Nathaniel isn’t so sure.
What follows is a tension filled journey that will force both of them to face an unlikely future that neither is certain they want.
If you’ve been following along, you know that I am in the process of editing my first official release. The snippet above is about all I can share right now, but as we get closer to my release date I’ll give you guys a little more. This post isn’t about the plot, but the edit.
For the life of me, I can never get through an edit without feeling like I should scrap the whole thing and start over. It’s no different with this one. Normally when working with my clients, I would make tweaks to give the story more fluidity and depth without major apprehension. I’m less likely to get attached to ideas that aren’t working and can see the inconsistency’s easily. It’s the opposite while working exclusively for myself.
There are so many things that don’t work, but I want to keep anyway. My attachment to the story as it is makes it even more difficult to smooth out the story. I’m going to have to get over that sooner than later. My aim is a great piece of shifter romance. I don’t need a few interesting pieces in the middle of a broken plot just for sentiments sake. It’s a process determining what to chop and what to work through. Nonetheless, I’m determined to get it right before crafting a second draft and sending it to my editor.
I’m excited by the reality that I am within a few short weeks of the realization of a dream. I think it is like that for all of us who dream long and vividly. There is a sense of pride for having come so far and a resurgence of motivation to stay the course. I’m looking forward to the final copy and the knowledge that despite everything, I’ve done this. I’ve created what I set out to create. I can hardly wait.
Nathaniel and Euphoria are facing a long journey together. What do you think it is? Leave your hypothesis in the comment section below.
One month down and eleven more to go! This year is already shaping up to be one of madness and massive shake-ups. My personal life is a little more tame. I’ve broken my major goals down to monthly tasks and as you have read from my Gut Check, I already missed three major goals for January. I’m fresh out of holiday excuses and I cannot afford another upset. I have work to do.
In the vein of accountability. Here is my edited February Work Goals List. Five tasks that will aid in progressing my brand, and my books.
February Goals to Accomplish:
-Select Shorts Premise
-Create/Edit/Finish two Shorts
-Develop Marketing Plan
-Choose Final Editor
Migrated Goals from January:
-Finish two Novellas
-Edit two Novellas
-Prepare for Second Draft
It’s no joke being an #Authorpreneur. The work is endless, but so is the love. I’m going to complete everything on this list by the end of the month. Watch me work. What goals did you migrate? Ready to tackle them now? Talk to me in the comments.
I am posting this out of a need for accountability. Everything I have ever accomplished has been because I’ve exposed my cards. It’s a trick to keep myself honest and focused on the tasks I set for myself.
The things I list here as my 2017 goals are only a few of the items I’ve assigned myself. My goal list spans everything from financial plans to spiritual growth. I like it that way.
For the purpose of this blog, I am only including things that pertain to my businesses, and my writing. It isn’t that I don’t want to include all of you in my process, but some things belong to only me. so I protect them for close friends only.
You know by now that this is the Year of the Leap for me. My goals reflect carray that theme. The things on this list may be minor for some of you. However, they are lofty for me. I’ll list my top five below. They are not ordered by priority, but they do have varying values. Can you guess which one is the heaviest hitter? Leave a comment below with your answer!
Author goals of 2017, the Shortlist
publish 4 full length (35,000-40,000 words) by December 1
Beef up my Social Media Following to 3000 over 4 platforms
Publish 4 novellas (20,000-30,000) words
publish 1 compilation of shorts (5,000 words)
Become an Amazon & New York Times Bestseller
What made your shortlist? Don’t forget to comment below!