Wednesday, January 23
I Believe In Goals
I love that quote. I just sat and stared at it for a long time when I flipped over the calendar page. What does believing in happiness have to do with goal setting? Because meeting a goal is a happy, I-did-it kind of feeling. I think you can sub that into the quote and get a similar meaning: You have to believe you can ____ or you cannot get there.
I've proven that time and again. Set a goal too high or set a goal I never really believed I could reach...and I didn't reach it. Oh, I tried...sometimes for a whole week or month...but eventually I gave up and moved on to something else. Which is why I've changed my attitude with goal setting. I don't set goals of 'selling more books than Nora Roberts' or 'being thinner than Paris Hilton'. I may want both of those things, but to get to either place I need more attainable goals - first. I need to sell 1,000 books before I can think about selling 10,000 or 100,000 or 1,000,000, right?
My goals for 2013?
First, continue to grow as a writer. I'm proud of the books I wrote and sold in 2012. I want the books I write and sell in 2013 to be better than those books .. and next year I'll want my writing to be better. And next year and the next. I don't think I'll ever actually meet this goal, but growing is something to strive for, I think.
Second, sell to a new publisher. I love Crimson Romance, I always will, but I want to grow my writing business and that means stepping outside the comfortable little box I'm in right now. It goes along with growing as a writer - I need to grow as a businesswoman. So, I'm querying a few new publishers and we'll see what happens. To that end, I have two WIPs going right now that I'll begin querying by mid-March.
Third, go through my ideas file and come up with three more stories to write and sell.
What are your goals?