Monday, January 01, 2007

2007 Goals

1. Write first draft of Wings of Crow (non-negotiable, since it's under contract)
2. Rewrite Bad Company and write detailed synopsis of Bad to the Bone (ditto)
3. Submit young adult fantasy (Book 1 and trilogy synopsis) to prospective editors before Memorial Day
4. Read 50 books
5. Design and build website and blog for BC's release
6. Take a vacation with just my husband
7. Make marketing budget and actually keep to it
8. Finish Animal of the Month pages during the first half of the month
9. Make my MySpace page kick ass (or at least decrease its suckage)
10. Spend one day a week on marketing/promotion and reserve the other six days for writing
11. Begin proposal for new novel/series to submit in '08
12. Fix screenplay ending and begin submitting it again
13. Attend 5 conferences/conventions/book festivals
14. Sign stock at 100 bookstores
15. Do 10 non-conference appearances (signings, talks)
16. Foster 5 dogs (not all at the same time)
17. Enjoy the ride

That's mine. What are your goals? Do they make you stretch? Do they have measurable outcomes? Do they involve chocolate?*

I'm especially excited about #10 above. Promotional tasks have distracted me from writing, and conversely, I've made my writing deadlines too tight to afford time for promotion when it really counted (i.e., last October). It's all part of the learning curve, and this year I'll do better.

Happy New Year!

*"Eat more chocolate" definitely has a measurable outcome.

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Wow, what a good bunch of resolutions--good luck on all of them--mine is to eat less chocolate altho hard to do when got a bag of chocolate covered Baileys Irish Creme from Donna!!!!Bless her heart!!MOM

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/01/2007 2:53 PM

Sounds like an awesome list of goals. My list is very short at the moment, but am working on it.
I found you on Myspace and added you to mine. :o) My name on there is Trouble (just so you know who is sending you a friends request! lol)
Hope your new years was great!


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/02/2007 9:43 AM

First, I'd just like to say I am almost finished with Eyes of Crow and I am totally in love with this story so far. I can't wait until the others are ready. Second, I can, and know others who can, help you make a kickass myspace page. What is your link? Add me at And last, but certainly not least, you are awesome! Keep up the good work.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/02/2007 5:03 PM

You're added, Jess! I feel a tiny bit less like a loser now. Soon my # of friends will hit the double digits, bay-beee!

Sara, thanks for the offer, and thanks for the props on Eyes of Crow--glad you're enjoying it! I'll fix the post so that it links directly to the MySpace page. And I'll try to add you.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/02/2007 7:29 PM

I added you on MySpace as well. I'm Nozomi on there. XD that offer layouts for MySpace (and other blog sites) in different catagories (bands, nature, abstract). offers many contact boxes other than that default ugly plain white one. I know there's a site where you can upload your own image (like the Eyes of Crow cover, for instance) and make your own contact box, but I'm not sure where it is.

Chocolate is good.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/06/2007 3:59 PM

Here's one! You have to tamper with your image (adding button outlines), but here you go:

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/06/2007 4:07 PM

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