Last official post of 2010

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And so now we’ve come to the last official post of my first full year blogging! I had so much fun doing this and I hope that you guys did too and that maybe you learned something you didn’t know before.

I met two of the three goals I had for 2010 and I think that’s pretty darned good!  In case you were wondering, my goals were to write 2 books, acquire an agent, and to have a publishing contract.  Well, I wrote 2 books, started 2 others, finished a short story, and, of course, found my perfect agent.  Came pretty darned close to having a publishing contract, so…I guess it’s really 2 1/2 out of 3 goals.  πŸ˜€

This year I have some more writerly goals and I’ve decided to share them in the hopes it’ll help me get them in the coming year!

1)  I want to write 3 books (finishing books from last year is fine) and 2 short stories

2)  I want to have one short story accepted somewhere

3)  I want to have a publishing contract

4)  I want to attend at least 1 writer’s conference.

As you can see, I’ve upped the ante a bit there from what I accomplished this year.  I think it can be done.  Though, arguably 2 of those goals are out of my hands. So, those are the ones that I’m most worried about.

So, let’s hear it.  What are your goals this year?

And to sweeten the pot, I’m holding one last contest.  But, I’m doing it different.  As always!  YOU get to pick the prize.  Sorta.  It’s a book prize, not like a car or something.  πŸ˜€  Just comment below with a goal and what book you want and I’ll choose a random winner.  It is open internationally.  And, yes, you do need to be a follower of the blog, but that’s easy.  Just click over to the left and become a follower.  πŸ™‚

That being said, I hope you have a very happy new year!!

ETA:  Comments are moderated (can’t figure out how to turn off moderation.  πŸ™‚  Just be patient, all comments will be approved.  )


One Response to β€œLast official post of 2010”

  1. Paulo says:

    Math is a wonderful thing. Puts it all in petcpesrive. I wish I paid more attention to it in school.I finally got around to looking long term by asking myself where I want to be in four years when all my kids will be in school and I can make writing a full-time job, putting in 35 to 40 hours a week. The question sort of went like this: How much money do I need to be making to ensure my parents, sisters, in-laws, and friends think that writing is a viable source of income and not pester me about getting a real’ job? A term you used a few posts back bouncing off the bottom really helped me see that it WAS possible to map out a four-year goal.I speculated that once you get about 50 titles up you could say that each would average about 10 sales a month, and then I ran with it. I was astounded to see how much I could be making if I continued writing at the pace I’m writing now, shooting for 400,000 words for the year (a pace which I think is rather slow, but is still a slight push for me given my life circumstances; I’d much rather be in the 650,000-word range). So, I started playing around with the numbers, wondering how LITTLE I could write and still meet my financial goals. The numbers amazed me again.Which tells me that even if each story sells less than 10 times a month, at my present production rate I’d still make my four-year-goal.It blows my mind to think that come the January 1, 2015, I’ll have enough titles out there that, if each sold only ten times a month across all stores, I could be making around $30,000 a year.That figure wouldn’t be a living for me and my family but my wife would be absolutely giddy if I earned that much, and it would keep the mouths of the extended family firmly shut.And to think that of the possibility that some of my properties might find a nice following and sell more it’s just staggering.One doesn’t need to breakout to make real money doing what one loves.