Friday, August 3, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Goals, #Writemotivation, Decisions

When it comes to setting goals, I've gotten much better at doing it on a monthly basis due to my initial and continued involvement with #Writemotivation.  To learn more and to see the goals I've set each month since this fantastic goal and cheer series started - Thank You K.T. Hanna- click my #Writemotivation tab.

One of the things I seem to do terribly is the Twitter part.  This last round of #writemotivation, I just stunk all around when it came to cheering.  I was a true social media fail.  But I won't dwell too long on that FAIL because then I'll get all moody and no one would want to be around me.  Personally, I rather enjoy all of you all's company :-)  So let's go to the goals I had for July:

Goals for July 2012:
1: Complete first round revisions of MINGLED. Half-way finished.  I should have switched revision goals for MINGLED and NEVERLOVE lol!!!
2: Begin revisions of NEVERLOVE by mid-July.
Finished full first round revisions and received some really helpful feedback that I'm letting marinate.
3: Post 3 blogs a week. Done, but seriously, for the first time it just barely happened.  So close to a fail :-(
4: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 a week. Really, this had to be a fail.  I mean, I'm not sure how to feel about this since I was so used to doing so much more before I moved into Revision City.  Man are the streets of this place mean -_-
5: Plot out basic/skeletal data for MG story idea. Does doodling count?  No?  I didn't think so lol!!

Made some progress but not the kind I had designed.  So what am I going to try for August?

Goals for August 2012:
1: Complete first round revisions of MINGLED.
2: Begin revisions of NEVERLOVE by mid-August.
3: Post 3 blogs a week.
4: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 a week
5: Plot out basic/skeletal data for MG story idea
6: Participate in WriteOn Con.

Not much different from my July goals, I know.  Hopefully, I'll actually get to plot that MG story idea lol!

Now, about decisions - I've been leaning much more toward self-pubbing NEVERLOVE.  I've had the honor of meeting some awesome online writing buds with much more experience in this area than my novice self.  Thank you in advance to anyone who has offered help or offered to open their blog up to me to help with marketing my story, or should I say Abby and Basil's story.  Still haven't finalized the decision, though my leaning is in the 90 percentile :-)

One thing I'm currently considering is the impact of self-pubbing this story while I'm interested in querying MINGLED for an agent.  Is there even an impact in choosing to self-pub with one story while wanting to query with another?

43 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, I have no idea!
And Gwen sent me an email - you know you have my full support whenever you need it for you book!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Not sure on how the self-pub will impact on querying. Sorry not to know. You are always so productive.

Shelley Munro said...

I actually think that will work well. I'd do the agent one first and get it out on submission. While you're waiting to hear back you could work on your self pub story. If you did it this way it would make you feel as if you're progressing. Subbing to agents takes ages!

Angela Brown said...

OMG! Thank you so much, Alex. Yeah, trying to make sure to do early reach outs now :-)

Angela Brown said...

Apologies not needed at all, Natalie. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm going along the lines of 'insane'. But if so, I'm going to enjoy the mess out of it all :-)

Angela Brown said...

That sounds like a great plan. I'm getting closer to querying MINGLED. And I think I have one or two more rounds of revisions/edits for NEVERLOVE, which I would like to think I can work in to make it for the time frame I'm interested in putting it out. I'm actually wanting to do a duo-breakout with another YA author, Gwen Gardner. Crossing fingers and toes we can make it happen :-)

KarenG said...

I love goal-setting, although I'm never this specific as this. I'm afraid I'd feel discouraged if I didn't meet my self-imposed deadlines. Probably why I like to stay more vague.

Angela Brown said...

I admit, it can get discouraging not meeting a goal. Probably why I feel like such a social media FAIL. But after I acknowledge it, I can choose to work on it or not. So I take baby steps to work at it :-)

Louise Bates said...

Visiting from Creepy Query Girl's bloffee ...

Those are some serious writing goals! I'm impressed you managed to get as much done on them as you did. And I hear you on the difficulties on blog commenting while revising - everything blog-related suffers for me when I'm in the throes of editing and revising.

I don't have much advice regarding self-publishing and traditional querying - but I read Shelley's comment and think her idea is fantastic!

Angela Brown said...

Welcome to my little corner of the interwebz :-) I, too, agree with Shelley and will do some research so I can do my best to be prepared.

jaybird said...

Hey Angela- I came over from Katie's bloffee too. Thanks for the blueberries! Sounds like you have your work cut out for you this summer.

And I know lots of authors who are self-pubbing some of their work, and still sending queries for others.

Good luck with whatever you decide to choose!

Kelley Lynn said...

Those goals are awesome my dear. I should really set some for myself... I just kinda do whatever :) haha.

As far as self-publishing while querying... I don't really know what to say with that. But you can definitely teach us when you figure it out!

Aubrie said...

Great goals! It's so important to keep redefining your goals throughout the year.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Jaybird. My Chipmunk loves fruit so I share it where I can, even virtually :-)

I've seen a few authors who've published through a small press or traditionally then self-pubbed. I feel pretty sure there are plenty who've done it the other way around. Would be fun to give it a try.

Angela Brown said...

My dear Kelley, I would be happy to share my lessons-learned should I go that route. The more I consider the pros and cons, the more I think I'd like to give it a try. You know, and take a chance on myself.

Angela Brown said...

Agreed. It helps to keep from getting in a rut when you keeping setting goals to move forward.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Angela, I don't think self-publishing one book will affect your querying another. I'm not sure I would list the self-pubbed book as part of your credentials in the query -- unless it's already a done deal and you can report reviews and sales. Do you know what I mean?

Mentioning in your query that you're in the process of self-publishing something else may not appeal to an agent considering whether or not to request your manuscript. But proof of success with another book might. Really, I'm just guessing, though.

Angela Brown said...

See, the comments today just go to prove how wonderful the writing community is. Thanks, Dianne, because I will definitely keep this in mind for my querying.

Angela Cothran said...

Doodling TOTALY counts!!! Great job :)

Angela Brown said...

Ha! Thanks, Angela. My stick figures feel better now :-) Gosh I wish I could draw, like for real draw lol!!!

Rebekah Loper said...

I would say, if you're self-pubbing one story while simultaneously querying another, make sure that you polish the self-pubbed one as much as possible, because then your agent will hae another way to judge your writing :)

Good luck! You made much better progress with #writemotivation last month than I did!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Rebeakah. And you make an excellent point. That's definitely something to keep in mind. It's funny how self-pubbing could be an unintended way of auditioning without realizing it :-)

Gwen Gardner said...

Self-pubbing could work in your favor in getting an agent or publisher if the self-published book does well. Proves you're proactive and that people like your work:)

You may not have reached all your goals, but you made progress so that counts for something. And doodling counts because it helps you think.

Angela Brown said...

So many wonderful thoughts on this matter. Not sure if there's any other person out there considering the same thing I am, but I would encourage them to visit here, not for my blog, bur for the wonderful perspective provided by the various writers who've commented and shared their thoughts. I love it! And if they stay for my blog, then that would add to my joy :-)

MAJK said...

I didn't get to where I wanted in July either but progress is progress so here's to a great August for us all.

*~MAJK~*

Angela Brown said...

You're right on it. Progress is progress. Good to acknowledge it and work towards making more happen step by step.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Angela, you are a busy bee, as always. It's impressive to see how well organized you are. And I'm happy to hear that you are half-way done with Mingled. I can't wait to see it in print (or digital).

Ciara said...

You are so busy. I'd say as long as the stories are not for the same series there shouldn't be any issue. Good luck!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Angela. Crossing my fingers to see how it all works out :-)

Angela Brown said...

Great point, Ciara. Both are different series so that is something to keep in mind. Thank you.

Jess said...

Those are some great goals!! And I have been SOOOO bad with checking blogs lately!! Luckily I think I figured out a way to make it work! There's an RSS Feed app you can get on iPhones so I'll be able to comment & check blogs on the go :)

Maria Zannini said...

Querying one and self-pubbing the other won't interfere unless they're set in the same world.

I've heard of many authors doing just that. Go for it.

Angela Brown said...

I recently had to downgrade on my device due to technical issues. It's been, interesting, to say the least, not being able to respond to blog comments on the go :-)

Angela Brown said...

Another piece of sound knowledge from a great source. I've learned quite a bit today. Thank you so much.

Lydia Kang said...

You're so good about writing down your goals. I keep them in my head so I end up forgetting some of them!

Angela Brown said...

Awww, thanks, Lydia. Yeah, I had to start getting them down. Things get a little rattled up in my head. Between characters, shiny ideas and daydreaming, it can be a mess lol!!!

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Oh I agree monthly goals seem nore acjieveable especialy when life gets in the way. Good luck with yours.

Tara Tyler said...

you accomplished a ton! great job!
and i got a comment or three, thanks! its quality not quantity!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I think you're doing great, Angela! It's so hard juggling and balancing all our commitments, finding time for everything - I'm having a terrible time of it this summer - so I think you should pat yourself on the back for getting as much done as you are!! :)

Raelyn Barclay said...

You've accomplished a ton and you have sound goals. Way to go Angela!

Jess said...

I tend to set my goals reeeeaally low lately so I can feel better about accomplishing anything at all :) It's been a busy 2012 so far, and writing has not gotten the spotlight, unfortunately. I've actually wondered about that last question myself :)

Nick Wilford said...

I don't have experience with any publishing so far except a few short stories, but from what I've heard lots of writers are exploring different publishing avenues at the same time, so I say go for it. You never know, if you get some good reviews from self-publishing it might help on your agent quest! I think it comes down to what is best for each story.

Leslie S. Rose said...

Reading your goals never ceases to motivate me.

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