When it comes to writing, I’m currently working on three projects. Two of them are due to be finalized this upcoming week. One is a 50k book and another is a 10k short. I’ve written 40k and 5k, respectively. The third project is a 65k book. I’ve only got 3k down so far.
To date, I’ve only written 13k in February. That’s not enough for me to reach my goals. I have to do better in March and I’m aiming high. To help me do that, I’m joining the #March100kChallenge. I’m hoping the challenge will inspire me to stay on track.
I’m on track to publish my first book, A Sword of Fortune and Fate, in May 2017. I want to ensure that the series continue to be released as scheduled. For that to happen, I have to write, write, write!
What are your writing goals for March?
As an aspiring author I routinely search for self-publishing advice. Today, I stumbled across a Kboards post asking, “What is the #1 rule of self publishing?”
While most of the things stated seem to be common sense it was interesting to see what each person thought the #1 rule was. There are many components to creating a successful self-publishing career. Each one plays a vital part in building an author platform.
Have an objective of what you want to achieve, and then make a plan that will get you there.
If you do nothing, nothing will happen.
Don’t talk about it, do it.
Focus on creating a quality product:
Write a good story.
Write a good book.
Without that, no other advice matters.
Approach the whole endeavor as a business.
Effective habits and hard work matter more than talent.
To make it, you need to persist over the long haul.
And when it comes to your work, remember:
Develop a thick skin – reviewers can be merciless.
What do you think is the #1 rule of self-publishing?
Earlier this year I set myself a Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 50 books for 2017.
I decided on 50 books because last year I chose 150 books. It was a mistake. I constantly felt stressed about reading whenever I saw the Goodreads widget tell me I was behind. I actually read less because of it.
That’s why this year I chose a simple 50 books would work for me. I knew from past years it was an achievable number and it wouldn’t pressure me unduly.
I didn’t take into account that I would go on a reading binge in the first six weeks of the year and reach 86% of my goal.
With that in mind, I decided to recalibrate and reset my goal for 100 books. As you can see, I’m at 43% of goal now with 29 books ahead of schedule.
I’m confident I’ll reach this goal, without adding undue pressure on myself. There are a lot of amazing books coming out this year from some of my favorite writers and I can’t wait to read them all!
What’s your 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal?