My Business and Writing Goals for 2015

This post is for me. Because as a freelancer, I need some really good reasons to jump out of bed in the morning. I figured if I write something down in a public place like the internet, I’m more likely to be held accountable for it. So here goes my goals/intentions/dreams for 2015. It’s not about getting interesting bylines like I’ve focused on in the past but more about landing some book deals. Bam.

Writing:

Write more short stories. (I have one appearing in an upcoming issue of American Girl!)

Finish my novel. (I’m working on a middle grade manuscript that I was encouraged to move forward with at the SCBWI conference last year.)

Pitch at least 3 non-fiction book ideas to an agent or publisher. (I have one billion ideas that I’m just sitting on — what the heck am I waiting for?!)

Business:

Write an e-book and self-publish it. (I’m working on one about how to make more money as a freelancer.)

Start an email list. (This will be a good way to promote my e-book.)

Update my website and portfolio. (I’m working with more and more startups on content strategy and I need my portfolio to reflect that.)

Since “A goal without a plan is just a wish,” according to Antoine de Saint-Exupery, I’ve included actions below to help make my goals a reality.

GOAL: Write more short stories and get them published.
ACTIONS. Research publications that are accepting short stories for kids. Brainstorm, write, and pitch at least 3 short stories to different publications.

GOAL: Finish my novel, land an agent, and score a book deal.
ACTIONS: Work on it for at least one hour every day. Attend the fiction workshop at the SCBWI conference in February where I will present the first 500 words of my middle grade manuscript and get feedback. Ask my writer friends to read my manuscript. Research agents and pitch my story.

GOAL: Pitch at least 3 non-fiction book ideas to either an agent or a publisher.
ACTIONS: Pick the three strongest ideas. Write non-fiction proposals. Research agents and publishers.

GOAL: Write an e-book and self-publish it.
Poll freelance friends about what they’d like to learn about most. Finish writing my e-book by working on it on the weekends. Research self-publishing options on Amazon.

GOAL: Start an email list.
ACTIONS: Add an e-mail sign-up on my website. Brainstorm newsletter ideas. Send out a newsletter. Monthly?

GOAL: Update my website and portfolio.
ACTIONS: Alter my home page slightly to include content strategy. Create case studies showing off content strategy client examples.

I tried the monthly goal thing in 2013 and it didn’t really work for me. In 2014, I wrote goals down in my Day Designer, which kind of helped. In 2015, I’m hoping that writing my goals down in one place I can easily revisit over and over will help me stick to them. Here’s hoping!

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