I've been quiet on the blog the last couple of weeks, but it's great to be back! The Romance Writers Weekly kicks of 2017 with a Lyra Parrish topic:
How did you spend your New Years? What literary goals have you made for 2017?
Mr. C. and I are notorious for not celebrating New Years with too much fanfare. When the kids were younger we'd play games until midnight and then hit the sack. That was more for my sake than anyone else's – I'm a grouch much past 10 o'clock at night!
This year, however, we attended a fundraising event called Boogie with the Stars. Local celebrities and business owners pair up and take part in a dance competition. It's all in good fun, because no one is a professional (although they do have great instructors). The "winner" is the team that raises the most money for our local hospital foundation. We really enjoyed the performances, and then danced to a live band for the rest of the evening. It was a lot of fun!
2016 was both a good and bad year for my writing. I made my first venture into self-publishing, made a lot of new connections, and was asked to submit a full manuscript to Harlequin (still waiting on the verdict for that one). But I did not start a new story last year, spending most of my time revising and marketing. This has been weighing on me quite a bit. Since my first book was published, I've managed to complete a first draft of a new manuscript every year except for 2016. I feel like I've fallen behind my own self-imposed schedule.
So for 2017, my goal is to complete a new manuscript. I would love to be mostly finished by the end of May, but that might be pushing it a bit. I have got a start on it, and I think I have a good handle on the story, so I'm feeling fairly confident. It is the second book in a series so I know the world – it's just a matter of sticking with it and not letting my inner editor bog me down.
Other goals in 2017 will be to keep networking and marketing, of course. I have a new release launching on January 20th (No Life But This - read an excerpt here!) that I'll be promoting. As well, the rights to my first book, Mountain Fire, will revert to me this fall. I plan to self-publish it, but I need to decide whether to revise it first or simply relaunch it.
It looks like 2017 is going to be busy, doesn't it? Maybe I should get to it, then! As for you, be sure to hop on to A.S. Fenichel and see what her goals are for the new year! And I'd love to hear what your goals are - leave them in the comments below.
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