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2009 Writing Goals

I've stopped writing resolutions on New Year's Eve and started laying out writing goals for the year. Some call this a business plan because writing (and editing) is my business now. As a freelancer, I can measure my "worth" by the products I product, edit and sell.

So, this is where I measure my accomplishments against my goals for the year.

2009 Writing Goals
  • Short stories written: 12 out of 15 – this is the first time I've fallen short in this category.
  • Short Story Submissions: 33 out of 22 – Overachiever in this category. 6 sales, 25 rejections, 2 pending.
  • New novels written: 3 out of 2 – This is why I'm not too put out at not making my short story goal. I wrote a whole extra book.
  • New novels edited: 2 out of 2 – Average
  • New RPG assignments: 8 out of 6 – Overachiever

    Overall, I count this as a productive year. You'll notice I'm not counting the slush reading or the pays-the-bills writing because those are now just part of me and what I do. On the plus side, the new editor at Amazon loves what I'm doing and is giving me more.

    2010 Writing Goals
  • Editing: 3 anthologies, 2 RPG books
  • New Short Stories: 12
  • New Short Submissions: 36
  • New Novellas: 2
  • New Novel: 1
  • New RPG assignments: 6

    I'm not doing as much in the way of new writing as compared to last year because I have 3 books and 3 anthologies scheduled to come out in 2010. I will need to manage both the books' releases (and all that goes with that) and the anthologies (creation, editing, releases). That's a lot to do when you think about it. Plus, the new writing and the convention circuit. I'm going to WorldCon 2010 and spending an extra week in Australia. I'm pretty excited about that. 2010 is going to be an excellent year.

    Oh yes, not to forget, there is the Edge of Propinquity, year 5 – Endings & New Beginnings. I'm so proud of my little zine. There were times I was going to give up on it but I didn't and it is looking so good.
  • Comments

    ( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
    Dec. 31st, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
    Good luck with those goals.

    Happy new year :)
    Dec. 31st, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
    Three novels? Holy crap! I am thoroughly impressed. Good luck in the new year.
    Jan. 4th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
    That looks like it was quite a good year overall.
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    Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
    Okay, I am curious. What are the "slush reading" or "pays the bills writing" items?

    Very impressed! That's a lot of writing!

    Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
    Slush reading means I read the submission for the open calls for submission for Apex Digest and for TEoP. These stories are from anyone who wants to submit. They vary wildly in quality.

    Pays the Bills writing is marketing copy for places like Amazon, editing publications for school districts and other such business related writing.
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