So as I look back over 2013, I feel like I could have done so much more. I didn’t get a book published or make a million dollars. I didn’t lose any weight or get rid of my wrinkles. But on further reflection I did accomplish quite a bit, especially in writing.
Here they are, in no particular order:
*I set up Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and Pinterest accounts in my pen name. (Kari Lemor, if you didn’t know) I now have over 100 friends (writers only) on FB and over 200 followers on Twitter.
*I started a blog (you already knew this as you’re reading my blog right now).
*I wrote and finished two whole manuscripts (75K each). Knight Undercover (also titled The Reluctant Damsel) and Protecting His Son.
*I submitted one (The Reluctant Damsel) to two different publishers. Got rejections but that was actually a good thing. I realized I was subbing to the wrong sub-genre (romantic suspense). Now I know WHAT I actually write and can send it out more accurately (contemporary with suspense elements).
*I wrote and subbed a short story for the NH Pulp Fiction Anthology; Love Free or Die (Canobie Kisses).
*I had my Canobie Kisses story accepted for publication in said anthology to be released in print Feb. 2014.
*I joined RWA national as well as my local chapter, New England Chapter RWA (NECRWA).
*I attended my FIRST writing conference in April and met wonderful people as well as learned so much about writing.
*I judged three writing contests, which was a major learning experience for me and helped me look more critically at my own work.
*I took several online workshops and classes that helped me grow as a writer.
*I entered The Golden Rose contest and actually got first place (total surprise as I only entered to get feedback on the manuscript that had been rejected twice).
*I entered So You Think You Can Write hosted by Harlequin. Didn’t get anywhere with it but had my first chapter online for a while. That’s kind of cool.
*I wrote and submitted another story for the newest NH Pulp Fiction anthology; Live Free or Ride (Express Delivery). Still waiting to hear back.
*And most importantly, I made so many friends and connections to other writers who have given me so much care and support for my writing. Priceless.
Now, what do I want to do for next year? Oh, wait, it’s already 2014, I guess that’s this year, huh? More writing absolutely!! Maybe if I write my goals down and people see them, I’ll be more inclined to try and accomplish them. Here goes:
*Finish revising and editing Damsel/Knight by end of February. Clean and polish further then sub to several publishers.
*Revise and edit Protecting His Son by end of May.
*Attend NECRWA May Conference and become even more fabulous at writing. Meet more people and make more contacts here.
*Start a new manuscript and finish rough draft by end of summer.
*Write a novella and sub to online pubs.
*Post more blogs and increase the traffic on my blog site.
I’d love to say ‘get a full length ms published’ but since that’s not really in my control, I can’t use it as a goal. It’s definitely one of my nightly prayers and high on my wish list though.
Now it’s out there and I can’t take it back (although I suppose I could always delete this post and pretend I never wrote it). So I guess I have to push forward. Strive to succeed. Any help you can give me would be appreciated ( like nagging at me to get stuff done). What are your hopes and dreams? What does 2014 hold in store for you? I’d love to know.