Do you know people who make goals? I didn’t used to be one of them, but I am now. I’ve found that setting goals for myself really helps me stay on task.
One of my goals for 2016 is to make more realistic goals, and part of that is to hold myself accountable to what I’m scheduling. So I figured if I do a quarterly post on what I plan to accomplish in those three months, I can look back on it and see how I do. Plus it gives me the chance to talk about what’s coming! Hopefully all of you are as excited as I am!
Q1 Goals for 2016
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I have several clients who have been very good to me over the last year, but now I’m open for more. I write marketing copy, articles, blog post content, and I’m pretty flexible. Check out my credits and send me an email if you’re looking for someone to write for you.
I’m planning to set up three casual signing events in January, February, and March, where I’ll be in a set place and folks can just come and go and get books and have books signed or just chat. But I’d really love the opportunity to do some public speaking, so if you’ve got an event that needs a speaker, I’d love to help. Shoot me an email at email@example.com!
I’ve currently got 31 people signed up for my newsletter, so I want to start getting that out. It’ll be the best source for news from me, so if you want the latest from all my different ongoing projects, that’ll be the best option. It will have information on book deals and appearance schedules too. Signing up is easy and free, and you can make sure you get all the important stuff directly in your inbox.
I am also planning to offer several creative writing workshops for aspiring writers. When I was little, I would have loved for an experienced writer to sit down with me and give me an honest (gentle) critique on my work, so that’s something I’d love to be able to offer at a reasonable rate. Depending on the demand, I can tailor the curriculum to what is needed. I’ll have more information on this as the quarter goes on, but I wanted to announce it here first.
Venturing into Audiobooks
Yes, you read it right. I’m going to give the world of audiobook production a try. The first book we want to attempt is Finding Fireflies, my romantic comedy, which we will hopefully be producing via ACX. If the process is smooth and we’re satisfied with the product, we’ll continue and hopefully convert all Crosshair Press titles into audiobooks.
But I’m also planning to record my daily devotional blog posts as well. This probably won’t be professionally done. I want to give this a try on my own, with my microphone and my audio recording program. We’ll see how it goes, but folks have been asking for the devotionals to be recorded. So what the hey? I’ll give it a shot.
The Destiny Trilogy
With the release of Namesake, book two of my Destiny Trilogy series, there are some changes coming to Nameless, the first book in the trilogy. Throughout January, nothing much will change. However, as soon as February gets here, most likely it will no longer be available in any format other than Kindle. Amazon has a pretty neat-seeming option for ebook producers, but your book has to be exclusive to them. So for a few months, Nameless will only be available for Kindle. However, at some point, I will be able to make it FREE. So I’ll be sure to keep everyone aware of that in case you don’t have it for your Kindle yet!
New online serial with author Karis Waters
I have always been a huge fan of serial stories. I think it’s fun to get a chapter at a time. Granted, I usually want all the chapters at once, but getting them individually helps me not spend an entire day reading! My writer buddy Karis Waters and I are writing a story together for the first time, and we’re venturing into a genre we’ve never done before either–steampunk! Trust me, this thing is a hoot, and we can’t wait to share it. But it will only be available for newsletter subscribers at Crosshair Press, so pop over and sign up for their newsletter too. (Crosshair doesn’t spam people. I promise.)
The Legends of the Lightkeepers first novel
And finally–the biggest thing I’m working on right now–maybe the biggest thing I’ve ever worked on, the first novel in the Legends of the Lightkeepers series will be releasing (Lord willing) at the end of March. If you want to pop over to the series webpage, I’m in process of building it, and it has a lot of facets. Just trust me when I say this project is the culmination of 20+ years of writing. I started telling myself these stories in my head when I was 9 years old. I wrote the first one down when I was 11. And now the whole world is going to get to read them too. I’m just a tiny bit excited.
I’m neck deep in revisions right now, working with my brilliant editor Janet Weber (thank you, Janet!). But as soon as that’s done, Crosshair Press will put it into production, and we’ll all celebrate with an epic release party in March!
And of course, I’ll continue to blog. I’ll be keeping up my Monday-through-Friday daily devotional post over at AlwaysPeachy.com. And I’ll continue posting on this blog regularly, mostly Mondays and Thursdays. I’ll also keep putting up my 15-minute photo session posts as well. Then, I’ll also be a continual featured poster at Crosshair Press’s blog too.
So that’s what I’m up to in the first quarter of 2016. There’s a heck of a lot happening, but I’m so excited about all of it. I’ll do another post like this at the end of March to see where I am with these goals. If you’ve got goals you want to share, throw them down in the comments! Maybe we can keep each other honest!
Thanks again, all, and best wishes for a blessed 2016!