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Writing Wednesday: Thinking Forward to 2021

Last Week’s Goals

My blog entries all went out on time.

I have all my currently available stories in market rotation, just to keep Heinlein happy.

In marketing, I continue promoting with Indies Unlimited Thrifty Thursdays and Kindle Unlimited Fridays   every week.  “In a Flash” made another appearance with Choosy Bookworm, for another 50 free downloads (but no email subscriptions this time.)

Smashwords End of Year Sale is on through January 1st (just 2 more days) – you can see all the books I have enrolled at 50% off on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.

I wrote seven days last week and produced 3,759 words of fiction. The draft of Swordsmaster: Deception is now 70,322 words.

Why Goals?

As I do at the end of every year, I’d like to encourage all of you writers out there to think through what you want to achieve in 2021. But don’t just think of it – post it in some fashion. I would be proud to have you post in the comments on this blog, but if not there, on your own blog, or whatever platform you normally post on. The important thing is to declare to yourself and some part of the world what your plans are.

There are a couple of reasons to do this.

Firstly, as a positive, it helps you to have concrete goalposts, instead of some hazy “I’m going to write.” Your goals should be measurable so you can tell that you’re making progress, and achievable so you have a reasonable chance of success. Challenge yourself, and then strive to meet the challenge.

Secondly, on the darker, but sometimes more effective side of motivation, there is the knowledge in the back of your mind that – IF you fail, or don’t at least give it your all – PEOPLE WILL KNOW! Sometimes, HUMILIATIONS GALORE is what you need to give you that extra push to the goal line.

I’ve been thinking through my goals and milestones for 2021, and here they are:

2021 Goals (the things I can directly control):

1) Write 3,500 words of fiction each week

I’m increasing this goal from the 3,000 words it has been since I first established it in 2011, because despite my uncertainty of my DAY JOB status for the coming year, I’m getting close enough to reaching 3,000 consistently  it that I need to have a higher goal to keep me working.

2) Ten new stories written and out the door by end of year.

If I’m going to make this writing gig work, I need to be putting completed pieces out there more frequently. I can’t allow the entire year’s sellable output be stagnant while I’m trying to complete a novel.

3) 7-day turn-around (or ASAP) on getting rejections back into rotation

Just keep operating as usual – get those stories out there.

4) Indie publish SOMETHING every 10 weeks (keep to exact schedule), with a 3-week preorder and promotion campaign for any eBook priced over 99-cents. I will wait to shorten the time between my releases until I have more works available.

5) Blog each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

I enjoy blogging (otherwise I wouldn’t do it), but it is first and foremost a thinly veiled attempt to bring readers to my stories. Sounds self-serving, I know, but that’s part of life.

6) Read 6 speculative fiction novels (four by authors I haven’t read.)

The purpose of this has been to learn from the writing of others, as well as to be more exposed to what’s out there in speculative fiction. As much as I’ve enjoyed reading series, it limits that exposure.

7)Complete first draft and first revision of novel.

That would be Swordsmaster: Deception.

8) Tweak the SEO on all my titles (added 1/5/21.)

That means better blurbs, keywords, and categories on over 100 titles. Do this by the end of June.

Writing Milestones (the things I hope for but only indirectly influence):

2020 saw two of my longstanding milestones happen, leaving me with only one:

1) An individual story earns 5-cents/word through indie channels

This would be as though I had sold that story to a traditional publisher (at what was professional rate) – a justification (in my mind, at least) for bothering with indie-publishing myself. “Quiet!” is still the leader of the pack in this milestone, having made 11.7% of its value in eight years of sales. Yes, this milestone is about to happen in 56 or so years. I don’t think I’ll be alive to see it…

2) Having just started trying to build a mailing list this summer, I have a long ways to go. I’ll set two milestones to celebrate: One hundred subscribers, and

3) One thousand subscribers

There, that’s my list of goals and milestones for 2021. Now it’s time for you to post yours. Just saying…

(Since this is the last week of 2020, I will be posting my results for this year in the next Writing Wednesday.)

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025For info on how to preorder my latest release (“Two Buttons to Eternity”), or even get it for FREE, as well as  information and links for my other current promotions (including the FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series), look HERE on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.


Reaching Out

William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction and The Arcanist. His ninety or so short stories and related collections can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

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  1. Pingback: Writing Wednesday: What I Have Planned for 2021 | William Mangieri's Writing Page

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