"I'm not falling behind or running late
I'm not standing still, I am lying in wait"
From "Wait For It" in Hamilton
If I had to title my 2018 year-in-review, I would call it something like: "2018: Lying in wait." 2018 was a lot of preparation. I wrote and edited the most I ever have and I further refined my limited-budget marketing strategies. If you want more details about those, you can check out 2018's broad accomplishments and 2018's detailed goal results.
But now it's time to act. Now it's time for 2019!
Like previous years, I'll separate my goals into two categories: writing-related goals and business-related goals.
Before we start this, a quick aside regarding timing and prediction. For my 2018 goals, I was spot-on for the anticipated delivery of A Brush with Vampires (The Clan-Vampire Clash: Book One) to its advance readers. For A Brush with Betrayal (Book Two), I delivered it to its advance readers a little under week later than anticipated (for its target goal anyway, I was faaaaar off its stretch goal). For Book Three (title TBA), I am currently multiple months behind where I thought I would be at the beginning of 2018.
My takeaway is that I need to add more buffer time the farther away a book is from publication. At the end of 2017, A Brush with Vampires had one editing pass left, A Brush with Betrayal had three editing passes left, and Book Three had four editing passes left (and ended up getting a bonus pass too). Given that each successive editing pass takes less time than the previous one, it makes sense that I might need more buffer time the farther a book is from publication (and the more editing is in front of it). Plus, a delay on one editing pass makes the next one start later, which makes the next one down the line start even later and so on.
Anyway, in my ongoing quest to define the perfect yearly goals, I'm adding 25% buffer time to each book's writing and editing timeline. Given that I already write and edit slower than I would like, I'm not a huge fan of this. But my life motto is pretty much "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst," so I'll make some realistic goals (with buffer), along with stretch and super-stretch goals and see what happens.
Aside over. Let's dive into those writing goals!
Okay, I feel reasonably confident I can hit the regular goals set out here. I mean, don't me wrong. I kind of hate how slow and plodding they are. But that's the reality of where I'm at. And besides, that's what the stretch goals are for!
And there we go, 2019 goals that are hopefully more realistic than 2018's. I'm excited to see what I can do in my second full year of being a published author. I hope I hit some of those stretch goals! :)
If you want to see 2018's somewhat-too-aggressive goals, you can find the 2018 goals here.
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