It's the first Wednesday of the month (the year too!), so you know what that means ... it's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group meeting. IWSG was created by the awesome ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can find out the other members of the group here.
Happy New Year, everyone!
A new year brings a whole bunch of new insecurities, but first, I'd like to take a small look back on what I accomplished in 2012.
In 2012, I self-published nine ebooks and two print books. These books include a fantasy flash fiction collection (A to Z Flashes of Foxwick), a fantasy short story collection (Women of Foxwick), two novellas (Pull of Gravity and Nightmare Ever After), three novelettes (Defying Gravity, Fighting Gravity, and Once Upon a December Nightmare), and two collections in print and ebook formats (Gravity: The Complete Trilogy and The Nightmare Collection). I also wrote 162,529 words and edited 4,202 pages. 2012 looked to be a pretty decent year, wouldn't you say?
But this year, I would like to top what I did last year by doing less. Less, you say? Yep, less. I want to still accomplish a lot but also take more time with my projects. I'm a bit nervous about my goals. Am I doing too little? Too much still? I just don't know, but here is what I hope to accomplish in 2013.
1. I want to self-publish The Loveless Princess (a YA Epic Fantasy novella), Men of Foxwick (a fantasy short story collection), and Twelve Days of Foxwick (a Fantasy Romance novella). All three of these works are set in my Foxwick world.
2. Edit and polish Starred (a YA Contemporary with romantic elements novel) and The Phoenix Prophetess (a YA Epic Fantasy novel), so I can query the novels to publishers. Although I enjoy self-publishing, I have a growing list of publishers I've been very pleased with not only their editing and cover art but their marketing abilities. I hope to query them later this year with Starred and The Phoenix Prophetess.
3. Write Book Two of the Phoenix trilogy and Book Three of the Phoenix trilogy for Camp NaNoWriMo (July) and regular NaNoWriMo (November). Yes, The Phoenix Prophetess is just book one of the trilogy. Whether I end up with a three book deal (I wish!) or self-publishing them, I want to have the trilogy complete this year for many reasons that I won't bore you with.
So, that's pretty much it. Of course I'll still be blogging, marketing, reading, writing flash fiction, etc. but I want to keep things simpler than last year. Can less be more? We'll see.
What are your goals for the new year?