I can’t believe that 2018 is finally over. It felt like the year that just would not die! I made resolutions last year, but most of them I don’t even remember, except for wanting to start querying Dragon Steal, which I did manage to accomplish. For this post, I’d like to go over some of the awesome (and not-so-awesome) things that happened this year and cover my goals for 2019.
2018 in Review
- Finished editing Dragon Steal and submitted it for publication.
- I’ve received several rejection letters but recently got a full manuscript request. While the rejections have hurt, at least the book is out there!
- I created my own website and started developing a branded persona on twitter, facebook, instagram, etc. I have over 1,000 followers both on twitter and on instagram.
- Even better, I’ve met a ton of amazing authors and creators through these sites who I can’t wait to work with next year!
- Wrote, edited, and published The Purple Door District. I can’t believe I developed my own marketing and indiegogo campaigns, formatted the book, published it, and held a launch party all in the space of six months. The question is, can I do it for PDD2?
- Had “Latte with a Shot of Poltergeist” and “Frozen Heart” published in anthologies.
- Submitted more short stories and poetry than I ever have before. While I received a lot of rejections, I at least received a few publications.
- Officially launched The Writers’ Rooms with my co-Director, Alexandra Penn. We also finished our Articles of Incorporation and got certified as a non-profit corporation.
- Helped develop the concierge anthology through The Writers’ Rooms.
- Returned to my college and taught a few classes about publishing and NaNoWriMo.
- Wrote 50k words for The Purple Door District: Wolf Pit.
- Lost about 45 lbs through exercise and healthy eating.
- Attended my first book signing event with other authors and signed up for even more in 2019.
- Hosted giveaways for my book and swag that was developed by local creators.
- Started my patreon account to help raise money for my writing career.
- Received honorable mention in Writers of the Future.
- Truly started my profession as an author.
It’s been a really big year for me writing wise. I still can’t believe that six months ago I decided to publish The Purple Door District. It seems like ages since I made that decision. I’ve managed to publish a few pieces of work this year, including on wattpad and patreon.
Next year, I hope to do even more, but also find a way to take care of myself at the same time.
- Focus on my mental health and take better care of myself mentally and physically.
- Find an agent and publisher for Dragon Steal.
- Finish writing and publish The Purple Door District: Wolf Pit.
- Work on Fates and Furies with my co-author, AE Kellar, and hopefully publish the first book, if not in 2019, then in early 2020.
- Submit more short stories and poetry for publication.
- Start working on The Purple Door District #3 and Dragon Steal #2
- Return to working on Traitors of the Crown.
- Lose more weight for health reasons and get healthier.
- Attend multiple writing conventions to both sell my books and to meet other authors.
- Start my path to becoming a full-time author.
These are pretty ambitious goals, but I think most of them are possible. I really do need to focus on my mental and physical health, though, because I managed to break myself a few times while working on PDD. If I can’t hold myself together, I won’t be able to accomplish any/all of this.
I’m really proud of what I did this year. It’s my biggest year as an author, and I can’t wait to see what 2019 holds. I’m also a little scared. What if next year doesn’t unfold as well? I guess that’s all part of growing up and making plans as a writer, though. Some years you’re going to make it big, and some years are going to be a lot slower. I hope 2019 is still a fantastic one.
What are your goals for 2019? Feel free to share them below! Also, let me know what topics you’d like me to cover this year!