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2008 Writing Goals Update 2

Thursday, May 29, 2008


1. Send in four applications to teach at the ACFW conference: Showing vs. Telling, Critical Reading, Critiquing, and either POV or Setting. Unfortunately, because of the level of professionals with whom I was competing for teaching slots, none of my workshop applications were accepted for ACFW. My new goal is to try to get onto the faculty for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers’ Conference in 2009.

2. Turn in revisions on Happy Endings Inc. Stand-In Groom early. I turned in the manuscript the last week of March. I’m now trying to line up a few published authors for endorsements as well as getting the art direction worksheet filled out for the cover of Menu for Romance.

3. Volunteer as a judge in the ACFW Genesis contest. DONE. I judged in the contemporary romance category, and one of the five manuscripts I judged is a finalist!

4. Complete A Major Event Inc. Menu for Romance by June 30, 2008 to submit to Barbour by the first week of July. By writing a little more than 1,000 words a day, I’ll have the first draft finished by the end of June (just in time for my brief vacation to Hot Springs, AR, in July!). My contracted deadline for the manuscript is December 1, but I intend to have it polished and ready to turn in before I leave for Minneapolis on Sept. 13.

5. Complete revisions on Ransome’s Honor; begin work on Ransome’s Crossing. The second draft of RH is complete and has been critiqued, and the proposal went to Chip at the beginning of February. We heard back from one publishing house that is very interested in it, but requested some changes to the beginning. Just this week, I received crits back on the new prologue and revised first three chapters. I’d hoped to have those changes finished and the revision back to Chip by Friday, but time has gotten away from me this week, so that’s my project for the weekend. I have made a couple of attempts at starting RC, but nothing that has led me to a point where I feel like it’s a strong opening, thought I do have what is the beginning of a wonderful action scene when the ship Charlotte is on is attacked by a French privateer!

6. Develop and implement pre-release marketing plan for SIG. Still in the “thinking about it” phase on this.

7. Attend Alumni weekend at SHU—possibly co-teach a workshop. Based on airline prices, the cost of renting a car, the difficulty in finding a place to stay within fifteen miles of Greensburg, and the fact that none of the workshops offered for the alumni retreat are of any interest to me, I made the decision that this was not the wisest way to spend my money this year. While it would be nice to see the people who started my final residency graduating, the truth is that I would really be going just to hang out with friends, not for any kind of professional enhancement, which means that I wouldn’t be able to write it off afterward.

8. Pitch the Ransome Trilogy to at least four editors at ACFW conference. If it hasn’t sold by time of the conference, I’ll be sure to do this then.

9. Sell the Ransome Trilogy. See #8

10. Schedule at least one book signing event for January 2009 (yes, I realize that’s next year, but the work will have to be done this year). See #6

How are your writing goals going?

5 Comments
  1. Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:39 am

    My goal is to get a complete first draft by end of August on Kathryn’s Hero…I got side tracked with getting all my final thesis work done and my genre essay written so I’m just getting back into it. I have a lot to do if I want to reach that goal. A chapter a week to write and that doesn’t seem like a lot but with my work schedule and teaching (a new class so I’ve got prep work to do for) this summer and the wedding and graduation *sigh* I’m going to be constantly struggling to get it done. Once it’s done then I need to do a major revision then send it to my cold readers and then start looking for an agent or publisher, which means I need a good synopsis and query *another sigh* those are not my favorite parts of writing, but I do have them started so I can build off what I have.

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  2. Thursday, May 29, 2008 12:03 pm

    Long-term goals are great. I really need to think on this more. You’ve got some great ones, Kaye!

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  3. Thursday, May 29, 2008 12:05 pm

    You’ve accomplished a lot so far, and it’s only the end of May! I’d like to finish the book I’m working on by the time conference rolls around–that’s my focus right now. I’ve come to realize, I’m not a good pantser.

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  4. Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:23 pm

    Things are moving right along for me. God is good, giving me time to write and some clarity of mind inbetween all the other stuff I’m doing.

    Yay for all you’ve accomplished so far this year!

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  5. Carol Collett permalink
    Friday, May 30, 2008 6:31 am

    My goal for today is to spend some time on my goals for the second half of 2008. I already know I won’t meet the goals I set in January. So it’s time to revise them-actually scratch them and start over!
    Oh well…

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