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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mid-Year Writing and Publishing Goals 2016


Can anyone please tell me 2016 isn't really halfway over?

No?

Since I was unable to post my writing and publishing goals at the beginning of the year, I thought the middle of the year was a fitting time to post them instead. Yes, the year is indeed halfway over, but you still feel like you have enough time to do ALL. THE. THINGS. Or some of them, at least. I can feel things waiting to happen just around the corner.

Without further ado, here are my goals for the remainder of the year:

1. Publish Prom Queen Perfect.

Prom Queen Perfect, my young adult contemporary romance novella, will officially be available for purchase on Amazon on July 7, 2016.

You know how that makes me feel? Like I'm sitting on a roller-coaster and this could be the ride of a lifetime, or turn into one hell of a fiery disaster. Either way, it's going to be an exciting ride.

I'm learning so much from this whole process, from formatting an ebook properly to marketing your book so people actually know it exists. At the same time, I feel like there's still so much more I could learn, so much more I could improve. There's never really going to be a point where a self-published author can sit back and say she's done enough, is there?

2. Finish writing two more novels, hopefully the first two books in a planned young adult contemporary romance trilogy.

I'm 5,000 words away from being done with the first novel in the planned trilogy, and I've already started outlining the second one with the help of K.M. Weiland's Outline Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success.

3. Outline a series featuring Western characters.

Most of what I've written so far is set in the Philippines, specifically my hometown. This year, I'd like to push myself out of my comfort zone by writing about foreign characters in a setting I've never stepped foot on. I'm most likely going to drive myself crazy with research, never get anything done, and end up binge-watching another Korean drama. But I'm going to try.

4. Write a post listing all the things I learned from self-publishing my first book.

Don't get me wrong.

I don't intend to write a how-to post about all the things you MUST and MUST NOT do when self-publishing your first book. I'm going to write this post for purely selfish reasons-- as a reminder to myself of the things I did right, messed up, and can tweak a little in the future.

5. Be more consistent when posting on social media.

I suck at this so much; you have no idea. On Twitter, I end up disappearing for days and come back with a vengeance and flood everyone's feed with tweets about #amwriting and Song Joong Ki. I can never seem to find a happy balance between the two. Don't even get me started on how sporadic my Instagram posts are.

Before the year ends, I'd like to maintain a consistent presence on at least one social media platform. Ugh. Why is sticking to a regular posting schedule so hard?

And, no, I'm not talking to you, Pinterest. You suck me in on a daily basis, and I can only emerge two hours later after finding myself pinning images of dyed purple hair I'd never be brave enough to try. Go away

If you have any writing and publishing goals for the rest of the year, I'd definitely love to hear about them.

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