It’s been three months since my husband and I bought our new home and although everything seemed more than overwhelming for a while (we still have so much to do), we’re starting to settle in. And because we are, I’m getting back to my normal writing routine.
The other day, I created the following To Do List of my writing goals for the rest of this year:
- Get in Woolen Bikinis trade paperback available online again.
I thought I would have this accomplished by now, but there have been minor setbacks and delays. There’s only a little more typesetting to do, though, so I will have this done within the next few days. (FYI – My first book, in Polyester Pajamas, is already back available in trade paperback and both books are available in Kindle format.)
- Publish 3rd book in the Jean and Rosie series – in Leather Chaps.
This is long overdue and I know many readers are waiting to find out what Jean and Rosie are up to. If all goes as planned, it’ll be published this June. (That’s next month—YAY!) I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as it’s available.
- Write script for in Polyester Pajamas.
I really would like to see this novel made into a stage play (a musical perhaps). It would be ideal for local theater productions and I would especially love to see it debut in my new hometown. That’s why I’m currently reading up on how to write a play script. Unless someone else comes along and takes on the task, I’m going to give it my best shot.
- Write a non-fiction book about my author experiences.
It’s time to start writing about my own experiences as an author. My goal is to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. I never knew what I was getting myself into when I became a published author—what a ride it’s been so far! Maybe I can help someone else just starting out. In any case, I know it’ll be informative, as well as entertaining.
- Author a Christmas novel.
I’ve been hoping to accomplish this for the past few years. No more delays! I’ve already started on it (and have a good portion of it written), so plan on seeing my first Christmas novel later this year.
Although I’m beginning to discover the many benefits of becoming a self-published author, I’m also appreciating all the work my former publisher used to do for me. From writing, to editing, to typesetting, promoting, publishing, etc., etc., creating a book takes a lot of time and is hard work. However, I’m not complaining. As I’ve said before, I love doing what I do and I’m learning so much along the way.
Can I accomplish all these goals this year? I know I’m being very ambitious, but I really believe I can! (The year is already almost half over, so we’ll soon find out.)