This last week of 2017 is a free week here at Four Foxes One Hound and I have been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish next year. I didn’t publish any book in 2017 so that is something that I really want to change. I am already working on it. I’m not usually one for making new year resolutions because I find that I often forget about them before February. So I’m not making resolutions but I am setting some goals for myself. I guess they may not seem all that much different but it feels different to me.
When it comes to my writing I have set a goal to publish three books in 2018. The Ghost Tea is currently getting illustrations. It is taking a bit longer than was anticipated what with my illustrator having had eye surgery this year. So while she’s recovering I am working on my next contemporary romance currently titled Stalled Hearts. It’s a sequel to Love Overcomes, which I had not intended to have a sequel. I had thought that I finished that story up with a happily ever after for both sisters but my readers have been asking for more. Finally, I decided to listen to them and tell more of Ara and Clara’s stories.
My hope is that once my illustrator is done with The Ghost Tea I can get her to illustrate Finnigan for me. He’s an adorable little squabbit. What’s a squabbit? Well, you’ll have to wait and see once his debut book gets published. I am sure children will love him and his adventures. Three of his stories have already been written, I’m simply waiting for a talented illustrator to come along and paint his world.
My daughter has been asking me for months to finish a story that I had started working on last winter. I ran into a wall with that one. Wrote myself into a corner and couldn’t find my way out of it. That is until I started working on Stalled Hearts. Isn’t it funny how once you start working on something else your work that was causing problems offer up a solution? It needs to wait until I am finished with Stalled Hearts though because I decided I do not want to be project jumping this year. I did that last year, as a result I didn’t finish any of them.
With all of these projects hopefully being completed in 2018 I need to get better at promoting. I’ve never been any good at it but I have purchased a few books with marketing tips that I plan to read and implement.
This past year I found that with my lack of writing I also did not read as much. I just wasn’t staying up very late so I wasn’t reading. I want to read fifty-two books this next year. I think I can handle one book a week. Maybe if I post my reading goals and accomplishments somewhere on social media I will actually be able to reach my goal. I want to read something by an author who is new to me, re-read a favorite, read a classic children’s book, a classic that I had not read before, a genre that I had not read before, and so on. I want to broaden my reading horizons.
Do you set reading challenges for yourself?
Do you set resolutions for the new year?