Yes, I know that I’m making a resolutions list nearly three weeks into the year. Never do today what can be put off until tomorrow, right? At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter when you make goals. It only matters that you make them and that they are realistic for the time you’ve given yourself. But you want to push yourself as well. So, I’ve got baseline goals and stretch goals for each one.
My 2016 Goals
Base goal: Write 4 books
I wrote a novel, a novella, and a short story in 2015. The middle third of the year even only had a couple thousand words, so if I keep writing every day/nearly every day, I can finish four stories.
Stretch goal: Write three books in the first half of the year
I want to go to a convention this year and I need books to sell. What makes the most sense would to have a completed trilogy. So my focus for writing in the first half of the year will be the Dragon Race Chronicles trilogy. I’m almost halfway through planning book 1, The Royal Dragon. I won’t make the mistake I made last year and focus on writing to the extent that I won’t have an outline for the second book when I finish the first.
Of course, what complicates the matter is the fact that I’m also writing a serial at the same time and, from time to time, may write a short story in an attempt to get something traditionally published. So, we are looking at writing 2400 words over 24 weeks.
Go to a convention
Last year, a guy I know started the Fort Collins Comic Con. Since it is still new and a smaller market, the tables are pretty inexpensive as far as cons go. I signed an interest form for one. Going to a convention is important not just for getting my name out there, but also overcoming my social anxiety.
Make money at a convention
Even though this one is cheap, there are a few start up costs involved, the biggest being inventory. I’ll probably lose money going to this con, but the other reasons for going are worth it. But it would be nice to actually walk away with a few dollars in my pocket.
This is actually as much as I’ve made over 5 years of doing ebook formatting freelance work. But selling books at $2.99, I’ll make about $2 on each sale. This works out to 500 books. And by August I’ll have at least three books for sale. And I’m not giving up on the ebook formatting. I may also try my hand at freelance writing, too.
Stretch goal: Earn $10,000
This is a big stretch and may not be possible. But this would replace my day job income after taxes, child care expenses, and all the crap I buy to eat at work. I know I still need to pay taxes on this income, but this number is a big psychological win if I hit it.
What are your goals or resolutions for the year?