It’s that time of year again. A time to set goals for the new year and to look back and see how disastrously the previous year’s goals went.
First, let’s look back on what I hoped to accomplish in 2016. It…did not go well.
I hoped to write two novellas, one in the Vienna series and one in the Rocket Malone series. I didn’t do this. I still may in the future, but I later decided it wasn’t really worth it as a promotion. I also failed to write another full length Vienna book last year. I also hoped to write 10 short stories with an eye toward getting a few published. I sort of did that. I think I wrote six, and most of those ended up going into Terrifying Tales, a work I hadn’t originally planned on for 2016.
I also failed on most of my social media goals, but that was more for lack of trying. I haven’t found that Instagram drives any sales and Facebook only has a moderate impact. Rather than getting to buried in social media for little payout, I used that time for other purposes.
I did publish Tower of Fools as well as the previously mentioned Terrifying Tales, so the year wasn’t a total loss.
Here’s the thing, I sort of burned myself out a bit. I was keeping a pretty grueling pace on the publishing front and it just stopped being fun. Maybe if I had amazing sales, it would have been worth it, but to spend so much time, energy, and money for little in the way of sales just started to get to me. I took a break for the second half of the year to recuperate my creative juices a bit.
I’m keeping my 2017 writing goals a bit more modest (I think).
- Write a third Vienna book before I leave. (I’m moving from Vienna to Washington, DC for my next assignment.)
- I’m calling 2017 the year of the short story — I hope to write 3 short stories a month and to try and get these published. If I’m lucky, I hope to sell 2 stories this year. Two out of 36 isn’t great, but I like to set the bar low.
- If my cousin is interested, we may do a follow up to Terrifying Tales next October. It’s sales were modest, but it was fun and the time and expense wasn’t great.
Alright. I think that’s it. I do have a few other ideas on the back burner, but no promises. (I already have a beautiful cover for Rocket Malone #2…I just need to write the book. I also have an idea for a side project on WattPad under a pseudonym.)