2019 Goals and Plans

2019 Goals and Plans

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry famously said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” And so, here are my goals for 2019 and my plans and strategies on how to achieve them:

On Writing:

  • Writing hours: 10 am – 2 pm with break for lunch; 7-11 pm
  • Finish SINGAPORE FLING and publish on August 15, Singapore National Day
    • Write 1,000 words a day in January
    • Send to Beta Readers on February 1
    • Cover reveal on May 15
    • Self-edit and send to editor on May 5
    • Edit and revise by June 30
    • Proofread and format by July 15
    • Preorders up on May 15
    • Launch wide on August 15
  • Write HUA HIN HEARTS short story for New Romance Cafe’s Autumn Anthology
    • Write 1,000 words a day in July
    • Send to Andie August 1
  • Write SAMUI HEAT for a May 21, 2020 release
    • Write 1,000 words a day in September and October
    • Send to Beta Readers by November 1
    • Self-edit and send to editor by November 30
    • Edit and revise by January 31
    • Proofread and format by February 28
    • Preorders up on May 1
    • Release wide on May 21
  • Write PALAWAN PROMISES for a November 21, 2020 release
    • Write 1,000 words a day in June
    • Send to Beta Readers by August 1
    • Self-edit and send to editor by September 15
    • Edit and revise by October 15
    • Proofread and format by October 31
    • Preorders up on November 14
    • Release wide on November 21
  • Write a short story as Zara
    • tentatively June and July

 

On Reading:

  • Read and review two books a week for a total of 104 in 2019
    • Add diverse authors and characters
    • Add craft books
    • Add indie authors
    • Max four ARCs a month
    • Prioritize two unread books from the Mount TBR per month
    • Increase usage of audiobooks

 

On Social Media: 

  • Limit to four hours a day. 8-10 am, 5-7 pm
  • Off during work hours
  • Prioritize writing groups

 

On Authoring: 

  • Get http://www.maidamalby.com website fully operational by June 30
  • Start a newsletter on August 1
  • Create a reader group: Mai Barkada or M’amies by August 1

 

Wish me luck, y’all. These are all doable with discipline. Here’s to a productive 2019.

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Happy New Year – 2018 Goals

A review of my 2017 Goals/Plans:

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  • Rewrite and edit Boracay – Done
  • Write New York and Singapore – partially done
  • Publish Boracay and New York – Boracay Done
  • Set-up a blog – Done
  • Set-up a Facebook Author page – Done
  • Join Romance Writers of America – Done, plus the San Antonio Romance Authors chapter, too
  • Win NaNo again – Not done
  • Read 180 books – Read and reviewed 208.
  • Spend only $240 on books – Success! Spent only $190.
  • Attend a writing conference – Not quite. Attended a one-month editing workshop and four reader events all over Texas.

Based on these results, I consider 2017 to be a successful year.

 

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For 2018, here are my goals/plans:

  • Finish writing New York Engagement, have it edited and published. Target date: Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)
  • Finish writing Singapore Fling. Publishing target: July 2018.
  • Achieve full PAN status at RWA.
  • Get Boracay Vows into independent bookstores all over the US.
  • Secure local distribution for Boracay Vows in the Philippines. Attempt a movie deal.
  • Read and review at least 120 books for Goodreads Reading Challenge:
    – 1 craft book on writing/editing/publishing
    – 1 male author/non-romance
    – 4 historical romance (2 from my Mount TBR, 1 ARC, 1 new/new-to-me)
    – 4 contemporary (2 from Mount TBR, 1 ARC, 1 indie author)
    Rereads will be after the 10 have been fulfilled.
  • Attend a writing conference.
  • Spend only $180 on books.
  • Register a profit on all books.

So, here’s to 2018. May it be the Best Year Ever.