In January, I set my writing goals for 2020. Here they are:
- Submit a polished draft of Wild West paranormal romance novel to my editors
- Publish my first short story collection
- Create and publish a newsletter, build its followers
- Publish on my blog on a more consistent basis
- Appear at two conventions as a featured author
- Revamp website with new design, logo and updated content
Considering that the year 2020 is still young(ish) and everything else that has happened in the last few months, I didn’t meet all of my goals yet. However, I was able to cross one off my list: publish an author newsletter. For a long time I hesitated about releasing a newsletter because I wondered, “What is so interesting about my life that I can portray as ‘news’?” Then, recalling that my life is a regular type of one (as it is with most of the humankind), I decided to write about whatever, run it in the newsletter, and see how it goes.
I launched my newsletter since this past January and have published once a month with the exception of April. I didn’t do so not because I was caught up in anything else or because I was sick or had fallen on hard times, but because I needed time to process the pandemic’s impact on the world. Just because I have a blog and a social media, doesn’t mean I have to post every one of my private thoughts online.
As for the rest of my writing goals for 2020, here is an update on where I stand:
Submit a polished draft of a Wild West paranormal romance novel to my editors: Began writing about 500 words a day for this novella. I’m due to submit my finished and revised manuscript this December.
Publish my first short story collection: Read my most recent update on that.
Publish on my blog on a more consistent basis: I just resumed writing and publishing on my blog after intermittent periods of inactivity.
Appear at two conventions as a featured author: I plan to register as a featured author at one convention when signup opens later this summer. I’m still reviewing which other event I can appear (even if it’s virtual).
Revamp website with new design, logo and updated content: I’m currently searching for freelancers for this job. If you can recommend one, please let me know.
Teresa Edmond-Sargeant is a journalist and author living in Orlando, Fla. Visit her Amazon author page to check out her titles.