As with embarking on a novel project, so with setting goals for the year ahead: there’s a sweet spot between restraining oneself within an inflexible structure and leaving it all to chance. Now I’m clearer about how novels work, I’ve become a carefree planner – or is that an organised pantser? Now I know – in fact, I’ve always known – I’ll get some stuff done to progress my authorial career, I’m happy to set myself a mix of concrete goals and airy-fairy aspirations each January and review where they’ve got me at the end of the year. So here’s an overview of where I hope I’m heading; I feel I have a better chance of achieving some of my aims since I discovered, two days into the New Year, that toxic positivity is a thing.
I’ve been saying this for the last two years and, with a few fairly decent stories still homeless, it’s merely a matter of submitting and resubmitting until I get a yes, but I really really really will complete my century of short-story publications this year.
Having attended some branding workshops through the Society of Authors last year, I’m committed to replacing my author bio with my brand story. Hopefully that will help me clarify the purpose of this blog in time to do something to mark my 1000th blog post at some point this year. Toxic positivity might be involved!
Joining another social media platform was NOT part of my plans for January, but here I am on TikTok! (When you're told it's the place to be and offered a free course, what can you do?)
Sugar and Snails Amazon = 46 Target = 60 I have a good chance of achieving this with 17 reviewers on a blog tour next month, although not everyone is willing or able to post on Amazon.
Underneath Amazon = 25 Target = 27
Becoming Someone Amazon = 4 Target = 10 It’s always more difficult to get readers for short story collections, although this sells reasonably well at book fairs. I might try a blog tour or a review site.
Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home Amazon = 32 Target = 40
I won’t set any targets for book fairs, podcasts, guest posts, author talks etc, but will keep alert to opportunities. Because it’s fun to collaborate with other authors, I’d also like to do a couple of group giveaways of signed copies but it can be expensive to do this internationally while it seems mean to exclude my followers/ supporters/subscribers from outside the UK.
What are your plans and aspirations for 2022?
Have I missed anything important from mine?
I made a wish for an extra pair of hands. With arms to hang them from, like the goddess Durga. I’d battle aggressors with one set while consoling a child with the other. I’d cook and type simultaneously. I’d play the piano while scratching an itch.
You could say I should have thought it through, but why, when I don’t believe in magic? I should’ve realised no shirt, jumper, jacket, could accommodate my new anatomy. That I couldn’t get comfortable in bed. The waiting list for amputations stretches to infinity. Be careful what you wish for, it could backfire.