As this year comes to a close, I found myself thinking of all the things I’ve done in 2011. I think I’ve made some good steps in the right direction for what my grand plans are, and I hope to continue this trend into the new year.
What I’ve done:
I’ve set up and maintained a blog on a semi-regular basis, full of writing samples, story ideas, book reviews and guest interviews.
I’ve made my big break into the editing business, thanks to C.S Splitter and already have several potential clients lined up for 2012.
I had my first story published in the Christmas Lites anthology. This was super exciting to me, since it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I hope that in 2012 I get more opportunities to publish, whether it’s of my own doing or in another anthology.
I’ve started to really connect to readers and writers, on Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook. While this might seem like all play and no work, it’s helping to build a name for myself. It’s also incredible to connect with other writers to see how their process works, what tips they can share, and maybe learn something to strengthen my own writing in the process.
I’ve read some incredible stories. Just to name a few: Jim Galford’s In Wilder Lands: The Fall of Eldvar; Cambria Hebert’s Masquerade; Stephen Prosapio’s Ghost of Rosewood Asylum; and, of course, C.S. Splitter’s The Reluctant and The Willing (both of which are coming out in print in February).
What I’d like to do:
In 2012, I’m planning on finishing 3 books for print, 2 short stories, and possibly another book – and that’s only what I know of now. I’d love to expand on those plans, building myself a start to a full-time job as an editor. (Shameless plug: If you know someone who’s planning on publishing and needs an editor / proofreader, send them my way!)
I’d also love to continue reading and reviewing books. I’ve been very fortunate to have won a few ARCs and some giveaways, as well has have a good queue of mostly indie writers looking for reviews. If all goes according to the master plan, I might have more reading time in the future.
What are your plans for the new year? Whatever they include, let’s make 2012 one more stepping stone on the way towards our goals.
As a side note: My folks decided to do something really cool for me for Christmas this year. Since I have had all of these accomplishments (the story publishing, the editing gig), they put together for me a collage of said works.
They look awesome – Thank you.