Bookish Goals for 2018

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?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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8 Responses to Bookish Goals for 2018

  1. J.Q. Rose says:

    Hi Angela. I agree with not setting resolutions for the year, and I like the idea of setting goals. I’m going to do that too. Working on planning 2018 and I will write it in my blog to make me accountable. When I look back on January 2019, I plan to have accomplished every one of them! Best wishes on achieving your goals for 2018 and even more!! Happy New Year!
    JQ Rose

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    It sounds like you juggle writing projects rather like I do.
    And, like you, I didn’t get any books released during 2017. I had two I THOUGHT would be out before the end of the year, but each had its own setbacks and kept getting pushed down the schedule. Hopefully both will appear soon in the new year. I also had placed a lot of emphasis — not sure I can call it a resolution — to get a new ms. ready for my C.R. publisher. But alas, after working hard on (first) one project, and then another… I finally dropped both and set out to finish the third. Alas, my deadline of Oct. 31 came and went. Then, so did my deadline of Nov. 30. And I guess you know where this is heading. It’s my priority in 2018 to finish that story and get it thru beta reading and revisions so I can submit it to C.R. — which will be some 6-9 months after my original target month.
    Oh well.

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  3. Joselyn says:

    Great goals! I like the idea of goals rather than resolutions as well. A resolution seems so easy to fail. If you forget one day, it is hard to get back at it. With a goal, you have a defined end and know that you will need to do more work later if you slack off.

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  4. Sounds like great and reasonable plans, Angie. Working on getting more of my stuff ready to submit, (and resubmit those I had sent only to one or two publications), are definitely on my rare New Year’s Resolution list.
    I have been back to reading more, and I am going to strive harder.
    I wish you all the best on your works and goals and a great 2018 to you and your family!

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  5. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I managed to get two writing projects done this year, but failed to finish one that I started last year, so that’s at the top of my 2018 writing goals list! Posting my goals monthly seems to help, especiall when I break things down into doable segments. Good luck with your goals!

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