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What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« on: January 05, 2019, 06:19:09 AM »
Thought it might be nice to start a thread and see what everyone plans to do this year.  :writethink:

I'm concentrating on finishing two of my series and starting a new one under a pen name.  Also, I want to submit a mystery story to Hallmark and continue promoting my books on social media (which seems to be working for now).  What are your plans?
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Eclectic Dan

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 07:22:23 AM »
I still haven't earned enough from total book sales to cover the cover and editing costs for my first book.  Or even just the cover cost.  I'd like to change that this year.
     
 
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Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 08:43:02 AM »
Triple last year's word count at minimum. Last year was about 200k words, so 600k words. My best productivity year was about 500,000, I think.

Launch a new pen name (this one) for a new genre (thriller/crime fiction) and complete three books in a series for that pen name.

Get enough out over the old name that it keeps my back list going.

Double 2018 net income. I've had years that were almost 4x as much, so, again, I think it's doable.
 
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Amanda M. Lee

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2019, 09:00:42 AM »
Write 30 novels and five shorts. Make two million for the year. I figured that will mean making 170k a month. We're talking net, not gross. I'm not sure it's feasible but I'm going to give it one heckuva try. Go to at least two conferences (already scheduled). Go to Salem in the run-up to Halloween for research fun (also scheduled). That's pretty much it. Otherwise I will keep on keeping on.

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Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2019, 09:37:44 AM »
Write 30 novels and five shorts. Make two million for the year. I figured that will mean making 170k a month. We're talking net, not gross. I'm not sure it's feasible but I'm going to give it one heckuva try. Go to at least two conferences (already scheduled). Go to Salem in the run-up to Halloween for research fun (also scheduled). That's pretty much it. Otherwise I will keep on keeping on.

Going to Salem for research sounds like fun!  :catrun

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Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2019, 10:50:23 AM »
I really really really want to finish my first 9 books. Ideally my first 12-15. It's doable with a decent writing pace, but I don't seem to write at a steady pace. I write nonstop or not at all in spurts.
 
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Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2019, 11:15:27 AM »
I really really really want to finish my first 9 books. Ideally my first 12-15. It's doable with a decent writing pace, but I don't seem to write at a steady pace. I write nonstop or not at all in spurts.

The 50 words a day has really helped me.  Come visit us on the other thread if you like!  :smilie_zauber:
            
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Alec Hutson

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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2019, 11:33:13 AM »
Amanda is a legend.

I'd like to finish three books this year, the first being the 150k or so finale to my epic fantasy series. Then two shorter (70-80k), more write-to-market books for the second half of the year.

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Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2019, 01:59:42 PM »
I am planning to release 4 novels in 2019. One every three months seems to be a decent schedule, for me.

There's much room for improvement. I currently have 21 newsletter subscribers. I sold 316 ebooks/paperbacks in 2018. Up from 0 across the board in January 2018, but I'll keep chipping away.
 
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CoraBuhlert

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2019, 02:21:07 PM »
I hope to publish something new (novel, novella, short) at least once a month and I want to get the backlog of finished stories I have lying around out of the door. I have a backlog, because two family health crisises in 2017 and 2018 derailed my publishing schedule.

I also want to finish a novel that I've been working on since 2016 and that has been giving me problems. I want to publish more stories in my established series, launch a new series in a new subgenre which is already partly written (see the publishing backlog above).

I also want to get more of my books into print, preferably before August, when I'm going to WorldCon.

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Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2019, 03:16:14 PM »
2018 was a good year and did not involve heroic effort, so I'll continue the pace into 2019 and beyond and hopefully it'll continue to go well. The writing is the main thing, so the idea of making more money isn't a source of inspiration.
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Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2019, 04:57:20 PM »
My computer desktop is a graphic of future covers for six novels I want to finish in 2019. I am putting the finishing touches on one and it should out within a week. Four more are in various stages of writing, anywhere from 15K words to 55K words. The last one is the completion of my epic fantasy trilogy which, at the moment, is just a timeline and a few notes. I'm thinking I will get a good start on it during the April Camp NaNoWriMo.
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VanessaC

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2019, 08:13:50 PM »
Great thread, thanks Lorri.

Writing plans just now are to get the fifth and final book in my first series published by the end of this month (I just finished the rough draft today so on to editing for me!). 

After that my main project for the year is a fantasy trilogy - this will also have a prequel short story which will be for my newsletter subscribers.

I've decided that four main books this year is a good thing to aim for as I'm writing around my day job. However, if things go according to plan (spoiler: they never do!) then I should have the trilogy done by the summer so time for a couple more books later in the year.

In between that, I also want to do more / learn more about marketing. Apart from a couple of promos I've not done anything yet - I like to take my time with things.  :icon_mrgreen:
     

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cecilia_writer

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2019, 08:45:53 PM »
Four books a year seems to work for me too. I've already started by working on my historical novel sequel, for which I have 25,000 words left over from last year, and then I plan to write the 18th and 19th (!) in my mystery series in the spring and summer and the 3rd in the historical series in November, if I can get the research for it done in time for NaNoWriMo.
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Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2019, 12:38:29 AM »
I want to do four novels, the main one being my big SF thing I made such good progress on last year. That one will be split into three books, but I'm only counting it as one since I've got it mostly written. I also want to do one other on that pen name. I want to do two books on the other pen name, the second book in the UF trilogy (and relaunch) and one other.

If I can, I want to do at least one of my doll crafting books, but hopefully two of them. I've got a good bit done on them, just need to make up patterns and get it all set up right. These will be print only, and I'm thinking of doing Ingram Spark so I can have color interior pictures without pricing myself out of the market.

Other than the writing, I need to get up to speed on keeping the website updated, maybe do some small ad stuff as I get some money. I'm not going to be doing social media, I just can't get myself going on that.
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LilyBLily

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2019, 02:06:27 AM »
My big goal is to finish two series, which requires writing another 25k on one novel and completely rewriting another. Sounds easy, but the rewrite is the killer project. In between, finish a novella to offer to newsletter sign-ups. And the rest of the year to be spent on one or possibly two meaty women's fiction novels, totally written to market. This might not seem like lot, but for me it's plenty. I'd really like to be done with the two series by July and be able to spend the rest of the year on brand new stories.     
 
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Denise

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2019, 03:26:14 AM »
Oh, what a lovely thread, and it's awesome to read all your goals.

This year I'm editing a novel that's finished, then I'll write a novella and one more novel.

It doesn't sound like a lot, but I work, I have a son, and for some very stupid reason I can't control my word count. The latest novel came to 116k words. :HB I unfortunately came to the conclusion that I love long novels, like long over 150k words, so it's no wonder that I get over 100k when trying to write a short novel. I know, I know... Either way, if everything goes as planned, I'll have launched 2 novels and one novella this year.

But my biggest goal for this year is to improve my writing. I want to write really engaging and memorable books that readers love. In late 2019 or early 2020 I'm going to start a new series more for market, and my goal is to have the writing nailed by then.
 
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Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2019, 04:59:06 AM »
My goal is to put out at least a book a month and continue making a living. Simple, right? I'd like to finish the year at $100,000, after expenses. Ads cost me a bundle this year and I don't expect that to stop, so I'm looking to more, better, faster releases and a deeper catalog to widen the profit.

I'm hoping to buy a new house this year (with an office!), hence the emphasis on keeping up the steady income. Ideally, I'll enjoy the journey and avoid stressing too much along the way.
 
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Rosie Scott

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2019, 07:58:59 AM »
Since the last book of my most successful series was just released on 12/20, I'm hoping to keep my readers invested in the extended universe. I'm already 30K words into the first character origin story and hope it is something that my fans will enjoy and will attract new readers who will eventually pick up the 6-book series. This is the first time I've written something with such lasting and wide-reaching potential, so I'm really excited to build upon it and create new entry points to my work.

I have nothing but a positive outlook for this year. I write really quickly (the fantasy series is about one million words and I completed it in eighteen months), and so I feel like if I can accomplish that, certainly I can write standalones and trilogies and other such works quickly enough to always have something new to focus on. It's also refreshing since the series had a large-scale military/epic focus and the companion novels have other various focuses (sword and sorcery, character studies, origin stories, more narrowly focused adventures, etc.). Additionally, if I ever need a break from fantasy I have about a billion dystopian/sci-fi ideas that wouldn't take long to pop out between my more popular fantasy releases.

One of these days I'll create a pen name to release books in a totally different genre than what I release now (I have about twelve completed novels in this genre sitting on my computer now), but not this year, I don't think. I ponder over everything I'd have to do for a pen name and always end up saying to myself, "How about no?"  :hehe

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munboy

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2019, 03:32:50 AM »
My writing output has been lackluster over the 3 years I've been publishing....about 2 a year.

I want to double that in self published books, as well as finish the first book in an epic fantasy I plan on shopping around to traditional publishers. I'm looking at around 475,000 words (2 YA at 89,000, 2 MG at 50,000, and 1 fantasy at 200,000). That's a word increase of about 315% over my usual output. I know I can do it, I just have to buckle down and streamline my life.
 
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spin52

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2019, 07:13:34 AM »
Two more novels (the ninth and tenth) in my Victorian series, and if they do reasonably well, I'll continue it. If not, I'll think about starting something else, probably another historical series. I refuse to set targets or get stressed about the number of words I write or how much money is coming in. As long as I'm enjoying writing, and people are enjoying reading what I write, I'm happy.
     

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Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2019, 08:09:28 AM »
As long as I'm enjoying writing, and people are enjoying reading what I write, I'm happy.

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Rhett Gervais

Re: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2019?
« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2019, 06:58:18 AM »
1. Finish my reader magnet  and publish by the end of Febuary (halfway through 15k of 30k done)

2. Finish book three of current series by mid May. (just started 5k of 100k done) I have a September target for book four as well!

3. Build my Arc team from 50 people to 500 people

4. Build my mailing list to 10k (2k so far)

I do have plans to accomplish these things, I am hopeful. I made $ 953.00 in December, my first month in the game. Income goal for 2019 is 50k

Go big or go home.

Good luck to everyone and have a great 2019!