Hidey-Ho there Scribblers! J Monkeys here. There are only 95 days left until Christmas 2012 so I thought I’d take a minute to catch you up on my writing goals for 2012 and my progress to date.
Way back at the beginning of the year, I stated (publicly!) that I was going to produce 6 books this year. It was, and still is, an aggressive goal, but a doable one for me. After a sluggish summer, I’ve actually picked up some speed this week and I’m happy to report that progress is being made! Here’s how it stands:
Do It Yourself Publishing ~ Cheap & Easy: I put the finishing touches on it this week and I sent for my proof copy today! Yipppeeeeee! This is an exciting book that give newbies step-by-step instruction on how to Indie Publish their book, on the cheap. Let’s call this one 95% finished.
Gastro-Geneaology Cookbook: This is a project that I’m working on primarily for my family. I’ve taken recipe cards hand-written by folks in the family (living and dead) and paired them with a picture of the chef, a short blurb about the person and a legible version of the recipe. It’s in pretty good shape. I just need to bake a few of the items and take some photos to add. I’d say this one is 75% complete. Definitely something that might have more additions as time goes by, but the first edition will be done by the holidays.
Preschool book of Questions: I’ve actually been working on two of these. The first, In The Woods, is nearly finished – 98% done. Hubby needs to fix one photo for me, and then it’ll be complete. The second one, Signs is about 50% done at this point. I need to finish up the photography (maybe 7 more pictures to be done) and then I can pull it together. We’ll be finishing the photography this weekend so I’m likely to order a proof copy by October 1st.
Dixie & Taco go to the Beach: I met with the illustrator today and she’s done a GREAT job. This another newbie – her first book and her first step into this style of drawing. But I looked at draft pictures today and they are spot on. I’m confident it will be complete by year’s end.
The Fearsome Dane: This novella has been languishing – but my cover artist is now waiting for me to get back to her with crazy details like length. Guess I’d better pick it up and write that last scene, eh? It’s yet another monkey I want off my back, so I’m confident that it will be done by the end of the year. It’s 30,000 words that needs at most two more scenes and some editing.
Some Time: This is actually my most exciting project. I’m writing this time travel romance under my alter-ego, Vivienne Ylang. Did you know that was me? Shhhh, don’t tell anybody. I’ve been thinking long and hard about this story lately. I think I’ve finally worked the kinks out of the plot (no, not that kind of kink – get your head out of the gutter!) and I’m almost ready to pick up the pen again. Or keyboard. Whatever. I need to do a little bit of Character writing and then I’ll be good to go. I plan to have the 1st draft done by the end of November.
That’s 8 books in one year. WOW! I know many of these are short, or have few words – but I’m still proud of the production. And it’ll clear the way for me to pull a bunch of stuff out of my head and begin working on The Orange Trade, book 3 in the Livingston-Wexford Adventures early next year. It’s a bit of a shuffle from how I had planned to do things, but hey. Sometimes these characters are screaming in my head and I have to give somebody cuts in line. You know?
Today’s Secret: Shout your goals publicly. It’s harder to ignore them once you’ve told everyone what you are going to do.
Today’s Question: Did you make goals at the beginning of the year? How are you doing? Are you on track?