Happy new year! I hope 2014 was a good year for you, or at least had good bits. And here’s to 2015 being even better.
Here’s what I achieved in 2014:
I made 15 story submissions (which didn’t meet my target of 25, but I have a good excuse for that.)
I sold 5 stories! This beat my previous pattern of selling one per year, so I’m pretty chuffed. Three of them sold to the first place I subbed them to, which I’m also pretty chuffed about. And that’s my excuse for not making my target of 25 submissions. I ran out of stories to submit.
I made my first sale to a pro market.
I also got my first review! (And my second, and my third.)
I got an Honourable Mention for one of the stories I subbed to the Writers of the Future Competition.
I finally got Novel Project #1 into a state to start sending out to agents, and I wrote a synopsis (which I consider equivalent to having gained a new skill).
So what’s on the cards for 2015?
Find an agent for Novel Project #1.
Write (and sell!!) more short stories. I’m going to aim for 15 submissions this year. That’s a bit low, but my trunk is basically empty at the moment, so I’m going to have to write some before I can submit them. I think 15 is probably going to be a stretch.
Let’s aim high: I’d like to finish a first draft of Novel Project #3 or #4, and do substantial work on the other one.
Finish and polish up a few half-written stories and first drafts of novellas I have sitting in the trunk.
And here’s a couple of castle-in-the-air goals:
Win a writing competition.
Make another pro sale.
I’m also going to have a stab at learning another language. I’m going to try French!
Here’s hoping that 2015 will be a good year! I wish you every happiness and success with all your goals in the coming months.