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Lady Wynwood #7 early release Kickstarter

I worked on my first Kickstarter and it got approved! It’s for the Special Edition Hardcover of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer and the release of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 7: Spinster. I contacted my graphic designer about the Special Edition Hardcover of vol. 1: Archer—it’s going to be SO beautiful! The Kickstarter focuses on the Special Edition Hardcover, but it’ll also include vol. 7: Spinster so that it’ll sort of be like a launch day for vol. 7, too. A third special thing that’ll be in the Kickstarter is Special Edition Paperbacks of all the books in the series. They won’t be available in stores, just in the Kickstarter (and later, from my website, and also in my Patreon book box tiers if I decide to do them). The Kickstarter is not live yet, but you can follow it to be alerted when it has launched. (You may need to create a free Kickstarter account.) Follow Camy’s Kickstarter

Writing Goals for 2007

Captain’s Log, Supplemental



I considered cheating on my goals for this year, but decided I was being a wimp. So here they are:

Here are the goals required by my contract:

Book 3 in the series marketing info sheet due March 15th
Book 3 manuscript due June 1st
Book 1 substantive/line edits due sometime in Jan/Feb
Book 1 galleys due sometime after that
Book 2 macro edits due sometime in Spring?
Book 2 substantive/line edits due, I’m guessing in Summer.
Book 3 macro edits due sometime in October, I’m guessing

Dang, laid out like that, looks like I’ll be busy.

Here are my personal writing goals:

Long-term goals:
--Complete two manuscripts and a novella by December 31st, 2007 (I have to write the two manuscripts, but I’m trying to push myself and write a third project. I chose a novella since it’s easier than a full novel.)

Short-term goals:
--Write a short story this year (I keep putting it off because I’m such a perfectionist about it! I think I’ve got to get just the right plot, etc. before I start it. I’m such a geek. I need to just do it.)

--Keep up with my Story Sensei blog, posting short writing tips 3 times a week (I’m enjoying this a lot. Plus the posts are short—nice for me, but also nice for my readers who tend to like shorter reads on a blog)

--Update my website each month with something new (shouldn’t be a problem since I tend to have a monthly contest)

--Write in my blog at least once a week, but preferably everyday. Keep up with my weekly book giveaways. (I’m really enjoying promoting Christian fiction with my giveaways and blog guests)

Daily goals:
--Spend at four hours each day writing or researching for my ms, or 2000 words a day (This is going to be hard for me, but I need to be more disciplined!)

--Spend three hours each day in marketing, website, blogging, and learning craft. No more than an hour of blogging. (This is also going to be hard for me—blogging is so much fun. More fun than writing, sometimes.)

Project goals:
--Finish first manuscript by May 31st.
--Finish second manuscript by October 31st.
--Finish third manuscript by December 30th.

Learning goals:
--Read one book on writing each month.
--Read at least one article on writing each week.
(It helps to have a writing book and a writing magazine next to each toilet in the house. Otherwise, I don’t think I’d make time to keep learning more writing craft.)

Personal goals:
--Lose a jeans size (You knew this was coming, right?)
--Exercise 30 minutes at least 5 days a week (I really need the self-discipline to keep up with this. I mean, as a writer, I’m pretty sedentary.)
--Eat more vegetables, more fish, less fat (There has to be some more creative ways to do this without food tasting yucky, right? At least I figured out how to cook chicken breasts without overcooking them and having them turn out like cardboard.)

How about you guys? What are your goals for this year? Are you pushing yourself a little bit personally or professionally?

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Comments

Geekwif said…
I'm horrible at setting goals. Always have been. This year, however I have a big one: build a house and move in before the snow flies (next winter). I better get started!
Anonymous said…
Lol, my writing goals for this year are nowhere near as good as yours. I should really sit down and make a definite plan but I find myself procrastinating -which seems to be a hobby of mine.

~sigh~ maybe later. lol
Anonymous said…
A serious list! Your goals are measurable, and I think that's a great lesson for me. Sometimes I think I sabotage myself by setting these amorphous goals or maybe I do it on purpose---anyway---this list is a good template for me. Thanks.
Anonymous said…
goals? what are those???? LOL Just kidding...

I have goals for this year... not sure I want to share them yet though.
Anonymous said…
You sound like you are going to be VERY busy. Make sure to print out your list and put it up in front of you somewhere so you can stay on track. It will be fun to check them off as you go and see how much you accomplish throughout the year!
Anonymous said…
Everything tastes better with garlic. Except maybe chocolate.
Anonymous said…
Camy, I love the categories you wrote your goals in. That's great. I really need to sit down and set some goals like this too. (I'm thinking of doing it by quarter so it doesn't look so overwhelming.)

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