Happy New Year! I hope you have all enjoyed the holiday and are working assiduously on your goals for the new year.
I know the “behind the scenes” emails don’t interest everyone, but this year-end roundup has become an annual tradition here. If writer talk bores you, feel free to skip down to the announcement of the next book in the series and the free excerpt.
Nearly every year in December, I sit down and think about how my publishing schedule should look in the coming year. Then I make a resolution to stick to that schedule.
Let’s be honest, most resolutions don’t work out. I’m incredibly optimistic about my abilities and work ethic, planning a huge number of projects each year. Long time readers know that my publishing schedule is, umm, flexible? Yeah, that’s the word.
So, why do I keep on setting goals and making resolutions when I know they won’t all get accomplished? Because, for me, setting a goal is important. About five years ago, I decided to forgo the goal-setting portion of my planning. That year, I tried not setting any goals beyond “writing more.” That turned out to be my worst year ever. Total words written were about 120K that year.
Having a goal, even though I know it’s unobtainable, urges me to produce more stories for readers.
Last year was much better, with a word count topping 160K. Not my best year, but I published more books in 2022 than in previous years. What changed? Starting in 2022, I concentrated on publishing more books, not just writing more words.
In the last newsletter, I described my goal of publishing thirteen more books in 2023. That will be accomplished through a combination of steadily writing, curating translations, and bundling of already published books.
Don’t worry, Luna’s adventures are still my primary focus. In fact, I have just finished final edits on the next Luna adventure, Lycan Legacy – Phases. This will be released within the next two weeks.