I cannot believe it is already the end of January. The first month of 2015 has flown by, and with all the changes I have in store this year — Daniel starting graduate school, finishing his immigration progress, moving into our first real home together, publishing my novel (fingers crossed), and starting my author business — the next 11 months are sure to fly, too.
Before compiling this post, I felt like I hadn’t done much with my year. However, now that I have made this list and reflected on the month, I am feeling happy about the progress I have made in just 30-31 days.
- Blog Posts Written — 21 (one guest post also published)
- Fiction Words Written — 0
- # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 0
- Outlines Written — 1 (Desert Child, Izel #1)
- Drafts Edited — 1 (First Draft: The Cogsmith’s Daughter, Desertera #1)
- Misc. Editing — Employee handbook at my office job
- Books Finished
- Books Begun/In-Progress
- Books Reviewed
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Author Business Activities
- New blog theme and layout
- Introduced book reviews and guest posts to blog
- Received three indie books to review
- Received and posted first ever guest post
- Signed up for Hootsuite account
- Test ran Hootsuite for one week (will post about results later)
- Signed up for/started using SocialBro account
- Signed up for MailChimp newsletter services
- Attended webinar on starting an author business
- Organized February blog tour with Kate E.
- Expanded blog post social media updates to Pinterest
For someone with a full-time job, I think I got a lot done. Obviously, my writing goals suffered, due to my efforts to edit all of The Cogsmith’s Daughter in one month. However, I am proud of how much editing, reading, and business-oriented work I accomplished.
Happily, most of my blog posts for February are already scheduled thanks to the upcoming blog tour I am hosting with Kate Evans. With my blog taken care of, I plan to focus my writing attention on the first draft of my next novel, tentatively titled Desert Child, and the revising/second drafting of The Cogsmith’s Daughter. For my reading goals, I hope to have at least two of the indie books I have received read and reviewed, as I do not want to keep those authors waiting too much longer. As for business, I would like to officially launch my author newsletter and begin reading The Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook by Helen Sedwick to learn how to set up my business in the coming months.
What have you accomplished this month? What are your goals for February? For the rest of the year?