2018 Writing and Publishing Plan

The plan for 2018? Write more and publish more!  *laughs*

You want more detail? Specifics are on the 2018 Plan page, but I’ll give you some general ideas of what I have planned.

  • Minimum of one post per week here and on my other sites
  • One short story drafted and revised (possibly published) each month
  • One zero or revision draft completed each month
  • Grow my list of beta readers/editors
  • Restart my mailing list
  • Learn more about marketing and improve mine
  • Create site for the Double Helix stories
  • Publish the second and third Double Helix books
  • Help coordinate and publish the third Sirens benefit anthology

I’ve scheduled writing/revision/editing/formatting time into everyday. It and my “wake up” time are the two blocks that can’t be touched, so that should help. I’ve gotten to the point where doing something writing related everyday is habit and it feels weird if I skip a day. That should help as well.

What I’m hoping for is to get enough content out there for readers to start finding me even if I’m still lousy at marketing at the end of the year. I expect several of the short stories will end up self-published – if they do, they’ll be exclusive to Kindle. Eventually I’ll publish collections, and those may be available with other online retailers.

Time to get writing!

The Growing Project List

I have a project file. It has over one hundred projects of various lengths in it. That’s more than enough to keep me busy for at least a couple of years.

You’d think I’d concentrate  on those projects before considering new ones… or maybe my brain would stop coming up with new ones.

No such luck. It’s gotten to the point that I don’t even write an idea down unless it either sticks around for a few days or comes with a full-out plot. 

The more project ideas I have the more I want to write. And the more annoyed I get that I have to work the day job to pay the bills. But the more I write the better chance I might bring in enough income from it to quit the day job… that’s not something that’s  going to happen anytime soon.

Now I just have to figure out how to prioritize all my projects!

 Overambitious

I really can’t plan writing schedules well.

If you look at the pages for my writing plans you can see just how bad I am at it. The monthly plans aren’t much better.

I’m learning though. And I’m getting faster at writing and revising too. 

I have a feeling that my 2018 plan will still be too ambitious. I’m still working on it and trying to determine what I can realistically do.

But if you don’t try for more than you know you can do, you never learn how much you’re really capable of.  So I’m  hoping I’ve learned enough about what I can do to not over-plan too badly.

Playing Catch Up

It’s been entirely too long since I last updated here. Life’s been just a little on the busy side.

After posting a plan for July, I ended up searching for a new place and moving. That took up most of July and August. September was mostly catching up on all the stuff that didn’t get done during the previous two months and trying to get two short story submissions done.

October was a good month for starting to get back on track, even if I didn’t get there. I did a lot of planning and prep work for my NaNoWriMo project.  October was also the month the second Sirens Benefit Anthology, Witches & Warriors (also available on Amazon), was released. And it was my third Sirens – which turned out to be a very interesting experience when it came to writing related things.

November was  – of course – NaNoWriMo.  I completed the zero draft of the third Double Helix novel – the last in this trilogy. The draft came in it at over 60,000 words which is about 10,000 more than the zero drafts of the first and second books.

So that’s where things stand right now. More news and plans soon!

Early September Progress Report

We’re five days into September and so far I’ve been pretty productive.

I have:

  • posted over at Wandering at the Shadows’ Edge
  • posted over at Find the Soul
  • written 567 words on a new short story
  • set up the charity anthology on Amazon, CreateSpace, and Digital2Draft
  • tracked my word count for each day
  • got the email list fixed!
  • updated the Publisher and payment information on all the publishing accounts
  • input all my current story ideas in Scrivener – most are just notecards right now, but they’re all consolidated. There are over 100 ideas that I’ve either got notes or beginnings for.

February 2016 Planning

Normally I try to switch between zero drafts and revisions, but since I’m querying Secrets and Shadows starting this month, I thought revising the sequel would be a good idea. I’m sure it will take a couple months to hear back on any of my queries, but I’d like to have the sequel more or less ready to go, just in case.

Revision

Dark and Light

Short Stories

2AM Cheerios (title will probably change)

Blog Posts

1 per week here
1 per week on other blogs

Other Writing Related Projects

  • Track words written/revised
  • Send out queries for Secrets & Shadows
  • Post first audio/video short
  • Track queries and responses

January 2016 Plan

I didn’t keep up with the plans or wrap-ups toward the end of 2015. I’m going to try to do better in 2016.

Revision

Secrets & Shadows – final revision before sending out queries

Short Stories

End of Existence

Blog Posts

1 per week here

  • Jan 1-7
  • Jan 8-14
  • Jan 15-21
  • Jan 22-28

1 per week on other blogs

  • Jan 1-7 – Wandering at the Shadow’s Edge
  • Jan 8-14
  • Jan 15-21
  • Jan 22-28

Other Writing Related Projects

  • Track words written/revised
  • Re-establish email list
  • Research/Choose audio and/or video shorts possibilities
  • Revise Secrets & Shadows synopsis and base query text