Round 3 Goals

ROW80LogocopyRound 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is here. For me, this round is going to be all about getting some stories out into the world. My novelette The Beltane Kiss just came back from the proofreader, and I’ve added her corrections and started formatting the document. Yay!

By the end of the year, I plan to have several books out. How many depends on my ability to streamline the revision process and how quickly I can get books to my editor and proofreader and on their schedules. If I am able to proceed with the publishing schedule I want, I might need to have multiple editors and proofreaders so I’m not monopolizing someone else’s time.

I’ve also decided to start submitting my fantasy short stories to magazines. I’ve found a few that pay decently and I would get to keep the rights to my stories, meaning that after a certain amount of time I could self-publish those stories or put them in short story collections or anthologies.

Ideally, here’s what I would like to publish this year:

  • The Beltane Kiss, a novelette
  • The Faerie Key, a novelette
  • Spellfire’s Kiss, a novella
  • A Prince in Patience Point, a novel
  • Five fairy tale retellings (novelette length—about 12-15K each)

That seems like a lot, but most of those stories are pretty close to finished; they just need some editing and polishing. The fairy tale retellings have a way to go, but I’m hoping that in July and August I can finish first drafts of those stories and get them to beta readers and critique partners.

All of that being said, here are my goals for this round. I’m also a sponsor, so I’ll be keeping up with those duties as well.

ROW80 Round 3 Goals

Writing Goals:

  • Write first drafts of five fairy tale retellings, including Winter Faerie, Red in the Woods, and Silver Waters.
  • Write a second draft of Goblins and Grimoires.
  • Revise, polish and format for publication later this year…
    • Polish and format The Beltane Kiss and The Faerie Key for publication in September.
    • Revise A Prince in Patience Point and send to editor.
    • Revise Spellfire’s Kiss and send to editor.
    • Revise Spirits of Embers and submit to magazines.

Reading Goals:

  • Read four books on the craft/business of writing, including…
    • The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
    • How to Craft Short Fiction by Damon Knight
    • On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel that Sells by Leigh Michaels
  • Continue with my goal to read 65 books this year.

Life Goals:

  • Exercise three times a week.
  • Paint downstairs, including living room, kitchen/dining room, hallway, and closet.

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What about you? What are your goals for the next few months?

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12 thoughts on “Round 3 Goals

  1. Goals? I scaled back seriously, and focused tightly on a few things that need to be done. In particular, I found that I was spending too much time on writing-related stuff and not nearly enough time actually writing.

    Time to fix that!

    1. I’ve had the same problem. There are so many other things that make up a writing career–blogging, social media, promotion, reading craft books and articles on writing, etc.–that it’s easy to get caught up in all of that. It’s good that you’ve decided to really focus in on a few key goals. Sometimes we need that. Good luck!

  2. Goals? Lots. Of course. But with a purpose.

    These look ambitious, and I get the sense that you’ve got a workable plan for them. And on we go! =)

    1. Yes, I definitely have a plan. Most of these stories have been in the works for months, and so getting them out into the world is just the next step. Good luck with your goals, Shan Jeniah!

      1. It’s exciting to feel as though you’re closing in on the objective, isn’t it?

        I’m aiming for one short story release this year – my test story. It’s already been published in an anthology , and I’m serializing it on my blog.

        I’m going to offer it for free, because I want people to give me a try, and because I figure I’ll learn a great deal from this first effort, making future ones far more professional.

        Good luck with your goals as you move into this new phase of your writing life!

      2. It really is. Publishing is the culmination of years of hard work, of writing and revising and growing as a writer and a few creative U-turns along the way. But I’m excited to share my stories with the world!

        I think offering a story for free can be a good way to get people to try your work, especially if it’s part of a series. Good luck to you too, Shan Jeniah!

  3. I am excited for you. I love the titles and can’t wait to read them. I love the excitement and terror that goes with indie publishing. Good luck on your submissions to magazines, I am also looking into that for my next 3 stories. Good Luck.

    1. Yeah, it can be a little scary. I used to fear that I would publish before I was ready, but I’ve grown a lot as a writer these last couple years and I now feel like my writing is where it needs to be. I’ll keep learning and growing, of course, but I feel ready–and I’ve let go of the need for external validation, which was my main reason for avoiding an indie career. I’m excited, and, yes, a little nervous too. Good luck with your submissions, Caren. I think submitting to magazines can be a nice complement to an indie career. 🙂

  4. Ooo! What magazines are these that let you keep the rights to your work? I haven’t done much research into it, but I’ve not come across any that let you keep the rights.

    Blessings on your goal reaching this round. 🙂

    1. I’ve been looking into Fantasy Scroll Magazine. Not sure about others, but the impression I got was that they got first nonexclusive rights and the author retained the rights. But maybe it’s not that common?


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