It is 2019 and where has the time gone? Time is the most tremendous and greatest asset that each of us acquires in our lifetime. Every day we get deposited 1,400 minutes into our daily account, and we spend them throughout the day. By the end of the year each of us we will spend 525,600 minutes. That is a half million minutes per day, every day for a full year.
The question is, did I spend my allocated 2018 half million minutes wisely, effectively and did I make my 2018 goals.
The short answer is no.
The long answer is I handicapped myself. I allowed my anxiety, paranoia, and life got in the way of my goals.
I published four manuscripts in 2018, but my goal was for twelve manuscripts. I wrote between 200k to 350k words, but I didn’t keep track of my daily writing, and I am kicking myself in that regard. I have many books that are partially completed, but not published yet. It only matters when the button is pushed, and in order to push the button, I need to have the work in a publishable quality.
I have made mistakes along the way. I had published a book before it was ready, then removing it and scrapping it. I have published bad covers, lousy market copy, and other errors that I may not realize until it smacks me in the face.
Now, what is up for 2019? Am I going to limit my goals to something that I can get done?
This is me you are listening to. Remember one of my mantras?
If you don’t risk failure, then you don’t deserve success.
My goals for 2019.
- Write 500,000 words in personal, non-school related projects.
- Complete and publish Felix #2, Felix #3, Des O’Neal #1, Des O’Neal #2, Des O’Neal #3, Jovian Marines #1, Jovian Marines #2, Jovian Marines #3, Mech Warrior #1, Mech Warrior #2, Mech Warrior #3.
- Correct cover for Felix #1.
- Write four blog posts per month
- Give Felix #1 and Tokyo Tempest #1 a proofread.
- Complete and submit to market Terran Marine Raider short #1, Terran Marine Raider short #2, and RPG Death short.
- Earn $1000.00 a month from novels.
- Relaunch publishing company with a new, stronger name.
- Get 1 client for editing services.
I have posted my goals on my cork board above my desk. They are staring me in the face every time I sit down at my desk, and I sit down at my desk a lot.
The break down of the goals.
Most of my goals will be completed by writing every day and completing and publishing the projects. The 500,000 words will finish the 11 books listed under number 2. Some of the books I have started, but not completed. I have started 7 of them. Again, in 2018, mistakes were made.
One of the mistakes was the cover for Felix the Swift: Phantom Sorcerer #1. The book is my strongest work published, and I feel that if I spend a bit of money I can get a stronger cover. The aim will be to rework the cover when I publish book 2.
I have dropped writing blog posts due to reasons, and it is a regret that I will correct.
I have noticed a few spelling errors in some of my books as well as a few misplaced commas. I will give the noted books a proofread and republish.
Some of the projects that I have been writing on is some short stories set in my science fiction world. I need to complete the stories and get them out on the market. There are a lot of indies publishing anthologies that I may be able to get them into.
Earning a monthly income from writing is a lofty goal, but if I can publish the books listed, there is a good chance that I can make that goal.
In regards to my publishing house name, I have never been happy with it. It is something that I need to think long and hard on, and a rebranding of it may be in the future. It may not be. We shall see what happens.
The last goal that I have deserves a blog post on its own, as well as a page with additional information. It is something that I strive towards, and I will go into it in the future.
Now the honest truth. Am I going to make my goals? They are very tall and very lofty. Plus I have a wife, two kids, and life to live. So am I going to make my goal?
At this moment, yes. I will make my goals. It is going to happen.
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