I wish I had a more complicated plan than what I’m about to write. Many authors have declared that they are going to reach various milestones. I’m still working on getting back to a level of stability, so I don’t feel like I can reach that far. Heck, I’m not even doing this on January 1st, which shows I’m struggling to retain some sense of order in the author side of my life.
By the way, that’s really what this post is going to be about. My personal and day job life are going to be worked on throughout the year, but I can’t share a lot of that here. I need to keep them separate because others involved request privacy. So, I’ll talk a bit about it, but not in any detail. Anyway, what are my goals for 2019?
- Publish War of Nytefall: Rivalry in March/April. This is the easiest goal because the book is ready to go. Just need all the small parts. I don’t know if I’ll get much help with promoting since I feel like not releasing a book in December hurt my progress . . . Not that I had any since my semi-retirement announcement. Still, I’m always happy for any help that is offered.
- Write, edit, and publish War of Nytefall: Eradication. This will be a later year publication if I can pull it off. I’m dropping from 4 to 2 releases since I can’t put in the time. This is still optimistic since I need the time to write and edit. Only release I might be able to pull it off is because Rivalry is already written and edited. I might have to drop to 1 a year.
- Continue maintaining my blog. I’m more focused on this than other social media sites. In fact, I don’t seem to get anything from places like Facebook and Twitter. I’ll have a tweet get over 100 retweets, but no sales. Facebook is just a ghost town for me. Is social media even worth it if you’re not spending hours a day on each site?
- Gradually put together The Longbow of Ichabod Brooks. This is a long shot since I need to focus more on War of Nytefall, but I can always add a little to his story when time permits. Unlike the big novels, I can take longer breaks while working on the short stories.
- Finish outlining and planning the Sin stories. Might even figure out an overall series title for him. Adventures of Sin is too close to Sinbad. Although, the two might have more in common than I realize. Tales of Sin? The Soulless King Series? Children of the Crimson Haze? That last one is a bit too long and I do think I should focus it on Sin, who is a character with a strange quirk. Sin of the Dead? Considering the overarching story is that a contest to ascend a new God of Death has begun and Sin is an unwitting contestant, that might work.
That’s really it. Seems more than it really is, but I’m still fighting a massive blow to my confidence. Not having much support on this side of the computer makes it hard to accept the support I get on here. That’s something else I need to fix this year. I want to be able to shrug off the naysayers who seem to be unhappy regardless of what I do. They’ve made me feel guilty about going near my books while saying they never intended to do me that much harm. Don’t get me wrong here. I love being involved in teaching because I feel like I’m helping kids and making a difference in their lives. Being able to do both would be great, so I really need to figure out a balance. Anyway, this post got longer than expected, so good luck to everyone in 2019.