It’s time for summer, which means checking in on my quarterly goals. If you’ve new, this is where I examine my projects and see if I have completed all of my goals from the previous season (April/May/June), as well as set new goals for the next one (July/Aug/Sept). Let’s see how this past spring went.
Project #1- Black and Blue
This past spring I completed all of my goals for my second novel (including one stretch goal!). This included completing copy edits, submitting the manuscript to a proofreader, completing edits from said proofreader, commissioning cover artwork, seeking out ARC readers and then submitting the completed book to my new ARC team. I didn’t always get these tasks done on the time table I set, but they certainly got done. I also commissioned and received cover art, formatted the ebook, placed it up for preorder, and did a lot of work on the blog tour to promote Black and Blue‘s release.
So what are my goals for the summer quarter?
- Publish Black and Blue (July)
- Complete a seven-stop blog tour (July/August)
- Complete newsletter swaps (July)
Clearly I don’t have quite as many goals this time around. This one is all about sticking the landing, wish me luck.
Project #2- Mailing List and Riley’s Story
Okay, so I wasn’t 100% successful on this goal, but I still think I did pretty well. During Camp NaNoWriMo, I completed the first draft of Riley’s Story, a 15,000 word novelette which I plan on distributing to my mailing list as a reader magnet. I also put the story through a round of revisions, and kept up monthly contact (more or less) with my mailing list. I did not finish reading Newsletter Ninja, so that one’s a fail.
With Black and Blue completed, this will make Riley’s story my next priority, writing wise. What will my goals be like for the summer?
- Complete second round of revisions during Camp NaNoWriMo (July)
- Seek out beta readers (August)
- Submit to beta readers (September)
- August newsletter swaps
Project #3- Red and Black 3
This spring. my goal was to keep up communication with beta readers, and I pretty much forgot to do that. Fortunately, I received my first completed sets of beta reads, so we’ve at least achieved some movement in that area. But let’s try and do a little better next quarter!
- Keep up communication with beta readers
- Begin beta edits (September)
This last one is tentative because I asked my beta readers to have their thought done by the end of the summer, which can be interpreted in a few ways. Regardless, I hope I’ll be able to dig into those during September.
Project #4- Red and Black 4
My goal for the fourth book in the Red and Black series was simply to begin my first round of revisions this spring, which I did, getting about 50% of the draft taken care of. So it makes sense that my goal for summer would be…
- Complete first round of revisions during Camp NaNoWriMo and beyond (July-August)
Now, this one might take a little longer then then I’ve predicted, because the second half of the book is where most of the problems lie. Regardless, getting this draft completed this summer is key, as the fall is going to be pretty dominated by other responsibilities.
As far as my other goals go, I managed to hit a bunch of them, but not all (nobody’s perfect!). I decided against running a sale on Red and Black during the spring months in favor of a better timed one this summer, I updated my blog here at least once a week (often twice). I managed to submit one solo post and one group post to Speculative Chic two out of three months (although I did make up for that by contributing to three group posts in May). I fell just short of my reading goal (I read 24 books, not 25), and am falling slightly behind on my goal of reviewing 2/3rds of what I read (I’m closer to half). And while I wasn’t perfect about my diet/tracking my food, I did better than usual.
So what are my other goals for the summer?
- Publishing- Run a 99 cent countdown sale on Red and Black this July
- Blogging- Update the blog once a week for a total of four posts a month
- Speculative Chic Blogging- Submit a solo post and contribute to a group post once a month
- Reading- read at least twenty-five books or graphic novels
- Reading- review 2/3rds of what I’ve read
- Health Goal- get back to tracking my meals, and eating fewer sweets
- Health Goal- schedule a vacation (August/September)
Only want to highlight one thing here, after July, I foresee myself backing off of blogging a little while. To be frank, I’ve found the task to be pretty overwhelming lately, especially with Black and Blue’s blog tour. So to prevent burning out, I’m going to post closer to four times a month, as opposed to the six or seven I’ve been doing
So there you go! Summer looks to be quite a transition season. Allowing me to finally put Black and Blue to rest, as well as move other projects forward. Will I manage to juggle at all? We’ll see.