At the beginning of this year, I wrote down everything I wanted to accomplish this year as something like a to-do list. I actually found that having it written down where it will keep me accountable helped spur me on during the difficult portions of the year when I didn’t want to keep going. So I thought, for my own edification, I’d post what I managed to accomplish throughout 2012. No, I didn’t hit all of them, but I made enough progress to be pretty stinkin’ pleased with myself.
I wanted to publish a short story electronically to learn how to process works and what would be required for marketing purposes. This is something I actually managed to accomplish this year. I selected one of my short stories based on the life of some folks I know, and I e-published it on Amazon (for Kindle) and on Smashwords (for everything else).
I can’t say it did very well. I still haven’t sold enough to get a payment from either Amazon or Smashwords, but it was a valuable learning experience. And it was a goal I had set that I actually finished.
At the beginning of the year, I wanted to write a short story every month. Sad to say, I didn’t make that goal. I did write three, though, and on top of all the other writing I was doing, I still count finishing three short stories as a win.
- “The One Without a Book” (currently being submitted)
- “The Enemy of My Enemy” (accepted for publication)
- “Vicarious” (currently being submitted)
At the beginning of the year, I had a staggering pile of novels that I needed to edit and finish. This is where I think I accomplished the most this year. I knocked out a literal ton of writing. Granted, not much of it was “new”; most of it was editing works that had been sitting waiting for attention. But some of it was new material. All in all, I “finished” six novels in 2012, encompassing two series and ranging in word count from 85,000 to 117,000.
One of those did include an all new novel (that’s the 85,000 word one) that I had not planned to write at all. I managed to knock that out in four months.
And one of the novels (Nameless: The Destiny Trilogy Part One) is currently being read at a publisher.
So, that’s pretty cool.
The area where I have totally failed this year was in drama and scriptwriting. With the transitions at my church, there just wasn’t an outlet for drama on stage this year. However, now that things are getting back to something that verges on organized, we are going to have an opportunity for drama again. So I’m super excited about that!
My submissions in general have been much increased compared to last year, which is nice. Granted, that means my rejections have grown too, but all a rejection notice means is that you managed to finish something. That’s the way I look at it.
In submission news, I still haven’t received payment on the story I wrote that was published in True Story Magazine in December 2011. I have been in contact with the folks at True Renditions, the people who bought True Story. They say payment is coming, but at this point, I’m not really holding out much hope. I’m sure it will come whenever, but I’m very glad I’m not depending on it for groceries.
Other than my accomplishments with the novels, the area where I have had some incredible success has been the self-publishing of a daily devotional book. I’m currently ordering a third printing. And that floors me because I hadn’t intended for it to ever get this big (and it’s not that big; just bigger than I expected).
The devotional book — AlwaysPeachy Devotionals — is available on Lulu.com and will soon be available on Amazon.com too. Or if you’re curious, I update a blog with devotionals daily at www.AlwaysPeachy.com.
And that’s about it….
2012 has been a great, productive year. I’m looking forward to 2013, and I’ll be posting goals again, since I think it helped me stay focused.
I hope everyone had a truly Merry Christmas and that you all enjoy the New Year.