Monday, December 21, 2015

Publishing Goals for the New Year!

Publishing Goals for the New Year!


What is your favorite writing/publishing memory from 2015?

2015 has been one of the greatest years of my life! Hands down, publishing Rise of the Flame was my favorite memory. This is the story that I started when I was eleven years old. I've kept these characters in my heart and dreams for such a long time, it was amazing to see them come to life. I initially self-published Rise of the Flame, but life took an even better turn when my publisher, Booktrope, picked it up and re-published it! I'm also super excited to work with Patchwork Press for a few of my new releases!
What story are you most looking forward to working on in 2016?
This is such a difficult question! I have so many! I would have to say Night of the Storm: The Eura Chronicles Book Two and Lyrinian Blade: The Chronicles of Koa Book Three. Both books are part of series that I enjoy writing so much. Fans write me on my Facebook page all of the time to ask me when these books will be released. I cannot wait to surprise them with the release of these books!
Are you the type of person who makes New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?
I try to set goals for myself each year. I think it's important to set goals and actively try to attain them.
What area(s) of your writing/publishing process are you going to work on improving in 2016? (dialogue, marketing, output, pacing, formatting, etc.)
I really want to try new forms of marketing. Recently, I started being more active on sites such as Wattpad, Instagram, and Tumblr. I also want to go to more conferences, conventions, and book signings.
How would you describe a successful publishing year in 2016? What goals are you working toward?
In 2016 I plan to improve my pacing. I really want to put out more books. My goal is to publish a book every two months. So, if I can have 6 books published next year, I would be thrilled! Wish me luck!
If you had to guess, what do you think your biggest challenge will be when it comes to publishing and writing next year?
Time! That was so easy. Everything gets put on hold when you have a baby. My family will always come first. Still, I make time to work on my writing whether that's when my son takes a nap or goes to bed for the night, because when he wakes up, he is my primary focus.
How far ahead do you plan your writing schedule? Do you prefer to prepare or to see where your muses take you?
I really don't have a stringent writing schedule. I write every day, but I really just let the stories form how they will. My book manager has urged me to put my schedule in writing and it does help to have a visual plan for when my books will be released.
Tell us about something non-book related that you’re currently looking forward to for 2016.
I am really looking forward to finally taking my honeymoon with my husband! I know I'm going to miss my son, but we need a vacation! Also, I look forward to watching my son grow and learn more things about this beautiful world.
If you could offer up one piece of advice to other authors and writers for 2016, what would it be?
My advice would be to stay consistent with your daily writing, never lose sight of what you want to accomplish, and connect with your readers as much as possible.

What about you? What goals (bookish and otherwise) are you planning to work toward in 2016? Let us know in the comments! Weapenry will be giving away ebook packs of both Refilling Your Inkwell by Kellie Sheridan, and Surviving First Drafts by Erica Crouch to three randomly selected commenters across the posts going up this week. Be sure to either include your email address or to Tweet at us @patchwork_press along with your goals so we can get in touch if you win!


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