To start with, this is Sunday, May first, and I dearly love when a new month begins on the first day of the week. It really sets me in the right frame of mind–new week, new month–and when it’s January, new year. But since I’m only setting my month’s goals, it doesn’t matter that this isn’t January.
The second reason is that a friend, Joanne Sher at An Open Book, inspired me. She not only posted her goals for the month, she put them on the sidebar so they’d never be out of her reader’s sight when they drop in. What a way to be kept honest!
Another friend, Monte Alkire, published in his book, Rope Your Dreams, that goals should be specific and measurable so you can tell what your progress is. For the most part, I can be specific. Whether they’re measurable depends on what the goal is.
So, here goes:
- I have over 40,000 words remaining to finish The Cat Lady’s Secret. If I can write 1500 words per day for the rest of the month, I’ll make it. So, I’m going to write 1500 words per day!
- I have five blogs to keep up with, and have been doing a lousy job even in the best of times. 777 Peppermint Place is my baby, and I should be writing in it three times a week. Now that I can get onto the internet from Mom’s, I can do that. My writing site, AuthorCulture, is a shared site, and I rarely have trouble posting for it, but other sites, on NewsVine, Vibrant Nation, and AuthorNation have been sorely neglected. I need to write in each at least twice a week, or cut them loose. My goal for May is to make that decision. If I can write for each blog twice a week, I’ll keep them. If not, by the end of the month, out they go!
- I have categories for the books I read: Those written by friends, those included in Donald Maass’s The Fire in Fiction, classics, Christian, romance, and favorite authors. Right now, I have three books going, one from the Maass category, a classic, and–get this–a Christian Romance, which hits two categories. So far, I’m doing good, so my goal here is simple: finish these and start more. Really, for a booklover like me, how hard can that be?
Marketing for Give the Lady a Ride:
This is a killer, especially when I’m not free to roam about the countryside. Being with a small publisher means that not only do I do my own marketing, I have to work at distributions as well. Not everyone buys their books online. When Mom got sick, all my marketing and distribution plans bit the dust–even many of the plans for cyberspace. So–
- I’ve already distributed my book in a places back home, so while I’m in Bryan, I’m going to get my book in a few more. For that, I’ll need to research and see where they’re appropriate, then get off my duff and take them there.
- Cyberpromoting is a must, so I’m going to increase my online presence. Now, whether that’s measurable, I don’t know, but I reckon I can measure the results by how many responses I get to my efforts. Aside from social sites like Facebook and Twitter, I do have another blog tour planned for the week of May 16. So far, only three people have signed up for it, but that’s a start (anyone want to help?)
- I’ve already bought an ad on Goodreads for mid-May, so I’ve busted my advertising budget for the month. But I do have flyers. I’ll try to get them up in the appropriate places. Of all the goals, this is the one I probably won’t make. I hate asking retailers to put them up.
- This department is good. I have two editing jobs and one critique. I already know that the critique and one of the editing jobs must be done by the end of the month, so the goal is obvious: Do it. The third job will take longer because it’s immensely difficult, so I’m going to aim for ten pages a day.
There you have it. My goals for May. Before long, I’ll have them posted in my sidebar just like Joanne does–and if I can figure out how, I’ll post a progress report with it so we can see how I’m doing. Well, that’s assuming you’re interested.
Sunday Hugs and Candy Cane Kisses! May God bless all my readers!