Jun 30 2017

Celebrating Summer Goals

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I took home an “honorable mention” for the Bridges double poem entry at WEP in June.
Thanks to Anna’s Get Social blogging event, my blog comment visiting total was nearer to 100 (5x my goal), so that’s awesome.
Fractions of Existence is coming along. The edits are going well. But I changed the setting of one scene (a scene that has bugged me for years), and that adds another week of work. So the weekly goal fell a bit behind because of that. However, I’m still on the right track, so that’s awesome.

I found this site: http://www.kelsye.com/book-launch-checklist/
I plan to publish FoE the last week of September. According to the site, here’s the current checklist and my progress :

Four months before launch:

Create a marketing plan. Include:

  • Target market Adults. Urban Fantasy mainly, maybe some Paranormal Romance readers
  • Media channels Huh?
  • Platform building As done as it’ll ever be.
  • Special offers / promos I need to read more about Amazon KDP to figure this out.
  • Events Uhh… nope
  • Metrics and goals IDK 🙁

Three months before launch:

  • Invite beta readers Yup
  • Order a Kirkus review $425 has not magically appeared yet.
  • Become active on Goodreads I think I am, IDK.
  • Plan party / launch event Uhh… needs research.
  • Blogger outreach Needs research.
  • Submit to contests Needs research.
  • Set up book signings I know there’s an online version for ebooks. Needs research.
  • Set up blog tour Needs research. And/or money.
  • Set up a Google alert for your name and your book title Done.


  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 38 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.

Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • To consider the feedback of two (already lined up) Beta Readers and then self-publish Fractions of Existence in September 2017.
  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

2017 Resolution:

  • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects.

2017 Goals:

survivor #atozchallenge
@JLenniDorner #nanowrimo Camp-2017-Winner-Profile-Photo

2017 Reading challenges GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image

2017 Reading Challenge

J. has
read 0 books toward
their goal of
50 books.

Goals for July:

Weekly Goals:

June 25- July 1 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story.
July 2- July 8 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story.
July 9- July 15 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP
July 16- July 22 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP
July 23- July 29 Writing any more words for Anah’s Story.

Review of Goals for June:

Review of Weekly Goals:

May 28 – June 3 Prepare FoE for Betas. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
June 4- June 10 Prepare for WEPMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
June 11- June 17 Prepare FoE for Betas. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
June 18- June 24 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story. half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal

June 25- July 1 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal

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  1. Nice post . Great article . thanks for sharing .
    keep us updated.:)

  2. Good luck with your goals! I have to go over mine for last month and see how I did.
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    1. Hope you rocked the goals!

  3. You definitely have it all organized! I am in awe. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    1. Thanks!

    • Misha on July 1, 2017 at 7:16 AM

    Nice going! You did well this month. Let me know if you need another Beta. 🙂
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    1. Perhaps a first reviewer once it’s ready? 🙂

  4. Well done for achieving so much, and congrats on the poem. That is a useful – and terrifying – checklist!
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    1. Useful and terrifying… that about sums it up!

  5. Looks like you’ve made some great progress! That’s awesome. Ugh on book release prep. One of my authors I work for has three releases from June to September and it does boggle the mind. Crazy on the Kirkus price. Woo! Good luck with your goals this month!
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    1. Thanks so much!

  6. How much for that review? Wow. I’d find a bunch of book blogger reviewers instead.
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    1. Yeah. I looked it up because of this checklist. I can see how having one of those… “important people”… reviewing a book could make it more… credible… or something. But I’m not sure there are any other advantages.

      And I’m not alone in wondering about that. https://selfpublishingadvice.org/publishing-is-a-kirkus-review-worth-the-price/

  7. Congratulations on that Honorable Mention in the WEP! That’s always a boost for a writer. You’ve got some work ahead of you this summer. Good luck and happy launch!
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    1. Thanks! Any launch tips?

      1. What you want is as many reviews as possible out the door, so send or offer books to people you think will read and give you a review and do it well before your launch. Amazon looks at the first 30 days and will give you a boost if their algorithms show your book creating interest. Good luck.
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        1. Thanks for that excellent tip!

  8. That looks like a lot of mischief managed! Don’t fret about following that marketing plan to the letter, we all need to tweak things to work for us. Good luck with those July goals!
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  9. All the best with all your goals. Looks like you have a lot planned out!

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    1. Okay. Thanks.
      I always keep a recent Tweet pinned for those who RT.

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