We continue with our discussion of New Year’s Resolutions:
What are your writing related goals for 2011?
The first Galaxy Games book is coming out in Fall 2011, so my main goal is getting the word out so readers can find and enjoy this story. I’m also writing the second book in the trilogy as well as a book for Wizards of the Coast that I’m not able to give details about yet because there’s a non-disclosure agreement in place. Those two books will be out in 2012, which will also be the five-year anniversary of The Penguins of Doom.—Greg R. Fishbone, author of GALAXY GAMES: PRELIMINARIES, scheduled for a Fall 2011 release with Tu Books, an imprint focused on multicultural MG/YA fantasy and science fiction.
To finish a futuristic YA, which is my immediate goal. I can’t plan for after that because I have submissions out to publisher and whatever sells will set me in a new direction. I would like to write another book for my current publisher, Flux, for a spin-off from my THE SEER series.—Linda Joy Singleton, author of THE SEER series where ghosts whisper to psychic Sabine.
I have three or four book ideas, so I’m going to develop each of them until I can write a synopsis, then ask my agent for feedback on what he thinks will be most marketable. Doing some advanced development will also help me make sure I’m comfortable writing these stories before I pitch them. Two are serious YA ideas, which is a change for me since I’ve mostly written fun middle grade action, like my HAUNTED series. Trying something new is intimidating, but regular stretching is good for the mind and soul as well as the body.—Chris Eboch, author of the middle grade HAUNTED series about kids who travel with a ghost hunter TV show
I’d love to write first drafts of two ideas I have brewing and take at least one of these through to something workable. It just helps to always have new things brewing! And of course I wouldn’t scoff at a new book sale either And because I think reading is so important for writers, I’ll set the goal of reading at least 75 books in my genre in 2011.—P. J. Hoover, author of the middle grade science fiction novel, THE EMERALD TABLET.
Let’s see: Revise my YA sci-fi, submit it and another finished project to agents to find new representation, complete a nonfiction book proposal I’m working on right now (and the book itself, if somebody bites), and either successfully revise or officially table a YA horror manuscript I’ve been churning for about three years now. I sure would like to sell one of those manuscripts in 2011, too, but we’ll see—that one’s only marginally under my control, so it’s more of a hope than a goal.—Joni Sensel, author of THE FARWALKER’S QUEST and other middle-grade and YA fantasies.
Joni hits on a good point—some goals involve aspects that are beyond our control. For example, I can no longer pursue a goal of writing for several hours in a row every weekday, which is a schedule I used to follow. That’s just not going to happen at this time in my life. I can, however, make it a goal to use my writing time more wisely—and accept that my toddler is probably going to interrupt me nevertheless. I’m going to try some new methods rather than setting new goals. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to change my writing schedule so that I’m writing in “seasons”—short bursts of high activity—rather than trying to write every day.—Parker Peevyhouse, author of science fiction.
Readers, what kind of goals do you set—project based, time based, or other?
Tomorrow: keeping track of goals.