My husband says that I’m too hard on myself. In that spirit, I’m going to try and be nice to myself as I reflect on February. In my defense, I was shorted 2-3 days by the calendar, spent a few weekends out-and-about, put in more overtime at work than ever, and did about twice the amount of reading I normally do.
Okay, kindness and excuses aside, I know I could have done more revising this month. I feel good about the reading and business activities I completed, but my writing/revising really suffered. My new goal is to focus primarily on my revision efforts for March, with the specific goal of finishing my revision by March 15th, when my parents-in-law arrive from Australia. So if the blog is a bit quiet, know it is because I’m finally taking time for my writing. And if it’s not quiet, assume I’ve finally become Superwoman (because obviously I would never be procrastinating).
Here’s the nitty-gritty:
- Blog Posts Written — 5 (my editing, mid-month, and month-end updates, a blog award, and one book review), The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour was my blog’s purpose this month!
- Fiction Words Written — approx. 4,000 (all during my revising process)
- # of Days I Wrote Fiction (Revised) — 5
- Outlines Written — 0
- On a related note, my alpha reader finished the completely un-edited version of The Cogsmith’s Daughter, and she gave me some great feedback and encouragement!
- Drafts Revised — I have revised 7 chapters (about 1/3) of The Cogsmith’s Daughter, which puts me behind my intended schedule and stuck in step six of my editing process.
- Misc. Editing — Beta reading (see below, not really “editing”)
- Books Finished
- The Earl of Brass (The Ingenious Mechanical Devices #1) by Kara Jorgensen
- Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
- Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing) by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant
- The Curious Tale of Gabrielle by Zachary Paul Chopchinksi (beta read, look for it in March!)
- Books Begun/In-Progress
- Books Reviewed
Author Business Activities
- Rented a P.O. box so that I could start my email newsletter
- Started author newsletter and sent out two emails (If interested, you can sign up here!)
- Signed up for a free membership to Author Marketing Club
- Attended a free webinar on book launches and author websites hosted by Joanna Penn
- Attended a free webinar on using Scrivener to write and publish hosted by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt
- Set up a Smashwords account and began exploring that platform
- Completed my first beta read (The Curious Tale of Gabrielle by Zachary Paul Chopchinksi)
As I look back on what I have done this month, I have accomplished quite a lot. However, it is really disproportionate. I need to remember to not put the cart before the horse and get back to the core of my author business: producing fiction.
Goals for March
- Finish revision of The Cogsmith’s Daughter
- Began searching for a professional editor
- Find 3-5 beta readers
- Maintain my book review schedule
- Have a sensational 23rd birthday!
What have you accomplished this month? What are your goals for March? For the rest of the year?