2015 Goals: April Check-in

And we are at the end of April. I’m knee deep in the first draft of my next novel for Camp NaNoWriMo. Since I work best with having some accountability I’m going to just go ahead and do one of these check-in posts every month so that I’ll be able to keep myself accountable.

Attend a writer’s workshop

There is no reply yet from Odyssey. I’ve decided that Viable Paradise not only sounds like a good time but also something that would be good for me to attend, which means that I’ll be applying once I get my response from Odyssey. Unless I get in, of course.

Actions

  • Wait.
  • Apply to Viable Paradise

Win Writers of the Future

The March deadline came and went and I managed to send in a story. I’m not wild about its chances but it’s in. The answer should appear around mid-June. Meanwhile I need to write the next one. Just as soon as the first draft of the novel is done.

Actions

  • Write.
  • Revise.
  • Submit.
  • Write.
  • Revise.
  • Submit.
  • Write.
  • Revise.
  • Submit.
  • Write.
  • Revise.
  • Submit.

Get my second novel to the submission stage

I am now some 48,000 words into the first draft and I imagine there’s still at least as much left. But the outline still feels mostly solid and the words are coming at a good clip. I’m confident it’ll be done on time for my end of May deadline.

Actions

  • Review outline. 
  • Write.
  • Write some more. (In Progress)
  • After the first draft is finished, let it rest for at least six weeks.
  • Edit.
  • Make people read it.
  • Edit some more.
  • Submit.

Get an agent

The queries are out to the top 11 of my agent choices. My coach, Cathy Yardley, helped me whip my query letter into shape. I gathered the packages and sent them to my initial list. Now I’m waiting for responses from that list and mining QueryTracker for more. This seems to be my year for waiting.

Actions

  • Gather submission packages by agent.
  • Submit.
  • Repeat last two steps until the list has been thoroughly mined.
  • Wait. (In progress.)

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