My October Writerly Goals

Wow! September went by in a flash, and unfortunately, it wasn’t as productive as I had hoped. But life sometimes gets in the way and there’s nothing you can do about it except start anew. That’s why I love the start of a new month! But first, let me recap my September goals.

I did finish the final short story for A Sky Full of Stars and I did publish the second edition of the ebook which contains all three short stories. That is a huge weight lifted from my shoulders! With that checked off my list, I can now concentrate more on my current WIP.

I am so happy to say that the redecoration of my writing space is complete! I really love it and can’t wait to show it off. That reveal will be later in October!

I did very little book marketing for my WIP, The 12 Dates of Christmas. I only did two posts, maybe three. I have no choice but to count that as a fail. And like I mentioned above, life got in the way and I didn’t complete my first round of edits either. I’m disappointed in myself, but I’m not going to wallow. I’ll just commit to doing better in October!

On that positive note, here are my October writerly goals:

  • Complete first-round edits for The 12 Dates of Christmas
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I will have to caffeinate and plant my butt in my new chair in my newly redone writing space, but I do feel confident! I’m already in the process of sendings chapters to my critique partners, and they have been so helpful that the second round of edits should go really smoothly. I just need to make sure I get the whole manuscript edited in October and in the hands of my CPs!

  • Ramp up book marketing for The 12 Dates of Christmas
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This is going to take some serious planning, but it’s a necessary evil. I’m thinking about taking a different tack, such as dedicating one or two days per week to book marketing. Knowing I have time set aside for it will help, and I hope it will quell my overwhelming sense of doom. I’ve said before how book marketing is a black hole of despair, at least to me, and that hasn’t gotten any better. But time dedicated only to book marketing will, I think, allow me to get better at it. Before I know it, I’ll be a book marketing guru! Okay, probably not, but if it gets any easier, that’ll be enough for me. And thanks to Hootsuite, scheduling marketing posts across social media is a breeze!

  • Update my website
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I’ve been so busy that keeping my website updated has gotten lost in the fray. For sure, I want to put some things related to The 12 Dates of Christmas there, and perhaps a Pinterest share button. Other things need updating too, so I need to set aside a day to get all of it done. Part of me wants to give my website a whole new look, but I’m not committing to that right now!

For October, I decided to limit myself to three goals. The editing and book marketing will both be time-consuming, and by only having three goals, I won’t feel too overloaded. That is something I need to start keeping in mind. With the holiday season right around the corner, I need to make sure not to spread myself too thin! I don’t operate very well under pressure!

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