Welcome 2013!

Hiddey-Ho – J Monkeys, here.  As Suze said, she, Katy Lee and I are typing away during the final hours of our retreat.  It’s been so productive, I’m borrowing Suze’s laptop while she reads my brandy-new 15 page synopsis of my WIP.  I’m giddy waiting for feedback.  But for today’s post: Welcome 2013!  Over the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how 2012 went for me and what I want 2013 to look like.  Last week, I gave you my 2012 report card; this week let me set up for the new year.

 Here are my 2013 goals:

  1.) Finish all that 2012 stuff that didn’t get crossed T’s or dotted I’s last year.   (PS: our mini retreat this week has given me a HUGE jump on this goal already!)

  2.) Find a better balance between my variety of responsibilities – motherly and writerly.

  3.) Develop a plan and work the plan.  Whether those are marketing plans or the daily get-stuff-done plans, either way, I’m going to be crossing LOTS of stuff off my lists this year.

  4.) Master social media.  Right now, I’m just a guppy when it comes to this whole social media stuff.  I can barely tweet.  I ignore Facebook entirely too much.  Goodreads seems to have WAY more functionality than I know about.  And I’m not very Linkedin, either. 

  5.) Market books.  2013 is going to be the Year of Marketing for J Monkeys – I can tell you that much.  I produced a ton of product in 2012, not that you’d know it because I have done a terrible job of marketing it.  I’ll update you all of my marketing results as each quarter goes by.

  6.) Write two novels.  I’ve got one well underway and plan to have it written by the end of March.  That’ll give me nine months to plot and write the other one by year’s end.

  7.) Either stop dreaming about Alexandar Skarsgard or write a hero who looks a LOT like him.  Alex and I have adventures two nights a week.  Not those kinds of adventures, get your mind out of the gutter!  But we fall in love, save the world and have lunch pretty often.  I’m a visual person and I need to be able to see my hero.  The hero for my current book is based on actor Owain Yeoman (Wayne Rigsby on The Mentalist) and even though I think to myself every night before I go to bed “Dream about Hayden,” I still dream about Mr. S.   

Today’s Secret: I love to have goals.  Even if I don’t achieve them, I like to have something concrete to shoot for, something to measure against later on.

Today’s Question: What about you?  Do you like to have goals?  Do you go back and look at the goals you’ve set for yourself and see how you did?

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One thought on “Welcome 2013!”

  1. Sounds like another busy year, J. Best of luck with all your endeavors. Maybe it’s time for the Scribes to have a marketing meeting? Those of us newly published this past year are all in the same boat. Marketing is a daunting process and the current shifting sands of publishing make it even more difficult. There is now so much competition for readers that it’s impossible to shout louder than anyone in the crowd without looking like a lunatic and irritating everyone…never a good strategy:-) As my acupuncturist once said “If you have to shout to be heard, you’re sending the wrong message.” That was a turning point for me in my marketing strategy.

    This year, I’ll focus on reaching my niche markets for each book, approach high schools to get books directly into the hands of teens, and work diligently to get the next two books out in the trilogy. I’m hoping sales are low for Waning Moon because people don’t want to read book one and have to wait for book two. There’s also the fact that a dystopian story needs to be marketed completely differently than my YA romances so I have to start shifting my approach to more sci-fi readers. The bottom line is that there is more to do than there are hours in the day, but slow and steady wins the long race every time. Hang in there, buddy!

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