I can’t believe 2019 is almost over! The year truly feels like it has flown by. And before I forget, I wish those of you who celebrate it a Merry Christmas! Regardless of what holiday you celebrate or if you don’t celebrate any at all, I hope you all have a great end to the year.
With the recent release of The 12 Dates of Christmas, I have decided to take a writing break and just enjoy the holiday season. I won’t be doing any writing or editing, but I have set some low-key goals. But before I get into that, I’ll recap my November goals.
One goal last month was to do a social media blitz for The 12 Dates of Christmas, including announcements for the release date, presale, date, cover reveal, and a sneak peek of the book with free access to the first chapter. I did do all that, so I’m considering the goal met. But, I think I could have done a better job. I wish I had done a better job! Between completing the final edits of the book and my regular duties as wife and mom, there never seems to be enough time to get everything done!
Speaking of edits, my second goal was to finish the second round of edits, a goal I obviously met since the book has been released! While I’m at it, I have to give a shout out to my critique partner, Ali, and beta readers, Grace, and Lynne. You three were lifesavers!
My third and final goal last month was to write the book blurb for The 12 Dates of Christmas, which I also completed. November was a really good writerly month for me!
That brings me to this month’s goals, and I’ve already mentioned the first one:
- Take a writing break
I worked hard to get The 12 Dates of Christmas out into the universe, and I think that calls for a break! And to be totally honest, with all the extra things going on in December, not to mention the stress it brings, I probably wouldn’t get much writing done anyway. So, I have given myself permission to take the month off and enjoy the season! I’m not taking a total break from my writing life, as I’m still writing blog posts (duh!) and I will be writing my newsletter this month and sending it out.
- Start preliminary work for my next project
I already know what my next project is (more on that later!) and this month I plan to do some preliminary planning. I’d like to start on character sketches, explore possible plot points, and prepare interview questions for the person whom the story is based on. For the first time ever, I have to do an interview! I said I’d tell you later about my new project, but it is based on someone close to me. But enough of that for now!
- Promote The 12 Dates of Christmas
I want to continue to promote the new book, which mainly means I need to keep up with social media posts and promote newsletter sign-ups. I’m also considering offering the book for free at some point this month. I will also look into other ways of promoting the book. There are a lot of options!
And that’s it…my writerly goals for December. Next week will be my last blog post for the month, and for 2019. I’ll see you then!