3 S.R. Johannes: Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

I have several new projects in the works. I'm particularly excited about this year as I'll be both indie publishing and working toward traditional publishing as well. 

2011 - Was an up and down year for me. 

2011/2012 - Was all about indie pubbing.

2013 - Was all about finding the best agent for a new shiny project. (and who was more in alignment with my goals in writing and my career)

2014 - this year, is all about writing and hopefully merging a traditional career with an indie career.

The only thing I can control is how much I write, producing good books, and working on my craft.

Here is what I'm shooting for this year:
  • Unstoppable (bk 3 in Nature of Grace series) - coming Spring 2014. I am currently outlining at least 2 more books in this series that might age Grace up a bit. 
  • Exhale - (#3 in Breathless Novelette series) - Planned for Late Spring 2014. I love this little series so I hope to find time to outline 3 more novelettes in the future.
  • Secret YA cyberthriller series - (with agent) - This series is Lisbeth Sanders meets Katniss for the cyber age. I love this character and have hope she gets a chance to go far.
  • A new YA medical thriller - TBD  (shoot for summer completion)

    • Think Likely - A Gone Girl for New Adult  - TBD. I think NA contemp romance may start to get old and have readers searching for more NA in different genres. Though I've been known to be wrong ;) (shoot for Dec completion)
    I'm not sure what will be published where but that is not important. It's creating them that I need to focus on for now.

    How would I do all this?

    My goal is to write everyday for at least 2 hours straight with a goal of 2500 words x 5 days = about 10-12,000 a week. Technically - this means I should be able to draft a solid book in 2 months (which normally takes me 4-6). This of course is because I outline in advance which helps me write faster.

    BTW, I don't think indie authors have to sacrifice quality to write fast - I just think when we focus - we write faster. This doesn't mean I will skip steps - it just goes into each phase sooner than it did before.

    I have a plan to focus my attention more and protect my writing time. This means scheduling out my social media time in chunks after my daily writing goal is complete.

    I have finally laid out measurable goals, my author mission statement, and outlined a 1 to 5 year business plan of where I want my career to be in 5 years - and it includes both sides of publishing. 

    Why? Because I love both.

    I plan to build my street team and connect to readers more on a personal level, which also includes a better newsletter and more intimate street team.

    I am just getting started and already on a great track. Logging 10,000 words in just 2 weeks (and that's over the holidays!)

    Will I be able to do all this? Who knows....but I am sure going to try. 

    Again this all depends on what happens along the way - this could do a total 180 b/c it factors in no outside sources or things that come up.  

    But you know what They say. "Shoot for the moon, if you miss, you'll land on a star."

    What are your goals for 2014?


    Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

    I know you can do it and I look forward to reading!! Fuzzy hugs, e

    Kelly Polark said...

    Excellent goals, Shelli! Good luck to you!

    I'm a hybrid author myself, and I'll be working on books for my own press plus for traditional publishers.

    May 2014 be amazing for you!

    Yvonne Osborne said...

    It's good to set goals. I'm focusing on the traditional route because I'm afraid to go it alone. It's nice to be able to do what we love. If left alone, I could write all day!

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