Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Posted by Laurel Garver on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 12 comments
I just realized--with a sinking feeling--that there are only 40 days left in 2011. That means I need to really get cracking to meet my year-end goals.

At the beginning of the year, I'd planned to work hard at building up publishing credits. I've had a few small victories: "Tribute" (flash fiction) in Motley Press; "The Lost Coin" (verse fiction) in Drown in My Own Fears; "A Writer's Parable" (poem) in Rubber Lemon: short Christian writing; "New Friend" (poem) in Joyful! (forthcoming). Two of these are UK e-zines, which means I've published internationally. :-)

I have two MG stories out on submission, and have about a dozen poems I need to fine tune and submit. I'd love to have two more acceptances before year's end. Impossible? Time will tell.

What year-end goals are you trying to reach? How are you doing?

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have a lot of publishing credits. Congrats! Good luck as you continue to reach your goal (I say continue because it sounds like you've met it to me :) My goal was to write another novel this year. I did! It's on its 4th draft. Revising, revising...

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  2. You've been busy this year! I wouldn't even know where to begin to try and publish short stories or flash fiction, how did you decide where to submit?

    My goal was to complete edits on a novel and begin querying on it before the end of the year. I have been sending out query letters since mid-October with my fingers crossed!

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  3. I'm behind. I was determined to finish my fairy tale and get it out this year, but bumps in the road of life kept slowing me down. I'm almost there, though!

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  4. I'm scared to look at what my new years goals were last year. Congrats on meeting so many of yours!

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  5. Pretty sure you'll have at least one more ;o) xx

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  6. Wow. Good for you on accomplishing what you have so far. I'm sure you'll reach your goal. My year end goal was to finally query and I did it. Now I just have to wait on responses...Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. Melissa: Congrats to you! I have another chapter to go to meet my novel-writing goals. I swear it took me 4 months to break 20K--I kept adding and cutting material. LOL.

    JEM: I've done a number of posts on the topic. Usually the topic tag is "publishing." Anyhow, I'd recommend tooling around on the duotrope site and looking at publications in your genre. My path was to start with my less mature work and send it to easier markets. Now that I have credits, I'm sending my better work to more selective markets.

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  8. Tricia: 39 days and counting! I know what you mean about life getting in the way though. I'm rooting for you to send 5 queries by year's end. (Or are you self-pubbing? If so, I definitely want you to guest post!)

    Elle: You launched your first book! I think that's a wonderful accomplishment.

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  9. Jessica: One of my PoPa experiments is being picked up by a romance e-zine. :-) I hope for similar good news from other fronts (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

    Kelly: Goal setting is helpful. I'm VERY close to my half-dozen acceptances in 2011. Good luck with querying and have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  10. I just had this same thought. Yipes, the year is almost over and I've not completed my goals. Well, like you say we have 40 more days. :)

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  11. Laurel, this seems like a very successful year to me. Great work, and here's to many more. I've met some writing goals, but missed a few others. I think some years my expectations have been a little high. But when I add it all up, it's amazing what I've accomplished. The same is true for you. You can end the year with a great sense of accomplishment and much hope for 2012. :)

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  12. you + me = same boat. Isn't it frightening??? I like to imagine getting my Christmas miracle. Like in *early* December... :D LOL! <3

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