I’m a little late with this update, because I was way too excited about finishing the read-through of my edited manuscript. Priorities mandated writing about that accomplishment first!
1) Pitch The Muse.
August was all about finishing up the monumental task of reading through the edited manuscript of The Muse, (see The Last Line). Thanks to work and a nasty cold that task took a little longer than I would have liked, but ultimately the goal was achieved.
As I wrote last week, I am immensely happy with the work my editor has done. I have a small list of changes (about 30) to make and I’ll be working my way through that list during September.
In addition, I’m close to finalizing my query letter. Once changes are made in the manuscript, I plan on starting the pitching process once again. The most recent issue of Writer’s Digest has a list of agents looking for writers and a few of them might be a good fit for my novel. Here I come!
2) Outline and start writing The Muse: Lineage
As I wrote last week, the epilogue for The Muse is causing a few problems. Therefore, most of my focus for the sequel has been on figuring out how to get out of the corner I’ve created. The good news is I’m starting to make some headway.
3) Submit writing.
Tunnel vision regarding The Muse keeps this goal on the shelf.
4) Continue to build author platform.
Facebook continues to be my favorite hangout. This month saw more growth in traffic and Likes. Hope you’re all enjoying the quotes, images, and random quips!
Twitter, however, continues to be my weak spot. Once again, my total followers dropped despite acquiring several new followers. One of these days I’ll figure out why Twitter is fun.
Facebook likes grew from 373 to 375
Twitter followers dropped from 551 to 544
Thanks so much to everyone for clicking those follow and like buttons! Your support is greatly appreciated.
5) Inspire others.
As always, I hope I am a positive presence.
The invisible goal:
6) Be flexible.
My eyes are open and so is my mind. As I start to see out agents, I’m also seeking out other modes of publication. One way or another The Muse will be in print.
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10 thoughts on “2014 Goals: August Status Report”
I haven’t ever figured out why Twitter would be fun. Good luck with that! I am very excited for you that The Muse is so close to being sent out to agents. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!
Thanks! I can use all the luck and positive thinking I can get! 🙂
Sending you positive vibes. One step at a time will do it.
So true. I started with one word and ended up with a novel. I’ll start with one query letter and will hopefully end up with a published book! 🙂
You are always an inspiration. I’m glad the edits are going so well. I’m sending out lots of good vibes for your road to publication.
Thank you!! 🙂
You go, girl!
I’m having trouble with Twitter too. It’s just so busy and so hard to actually interact. I’ve never really gotten it.
Exactly! It’s too busy. There’s so many conversations going on at once, I find it hard to communicate with anyone!
Twitter is merely a tool – handy for knowing how your football team is doing when you can’t get to the game, or if there are delays on the trains.
I’m amazed that you are able to set goals for your writing / blog… I just write it when it comes to mind. More power to your elbow I think 🙂
You’re so right. Twitter is a tool. I think I use it more for finding my favorite authors to see if they’ve got a new book coming out than for anything else.
I’m one of those people that needs goals or I just wander off! 😉