Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Milestones

Tomorrow is the eve of a new year and course that means it's time for new resolutions! Thanks to Life List Club we get to do this party style. There will be giveaways on each members blog and I'm giving out two copies of the TOTALLY CLICHE e-book which features my story THE PROMISE OF WAR but before we get to that we have to talk about goals becasue that is what the Life list club is about.

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Writing Goals -

1.  Submit 1st chapter of EXISTENCE to LDS Storymakers contest before February 1st.

2. Edit full MS of EXISTENCE and have beta readers / professional editor finish reading it before May 1.


3. Write query and send to at least ten agents by June 1.

4. Being work on SPIN (re-write and contemporary twist on novel previously entitled EARTH SONG)

5. Continue submitting/working on EXISTENCE throughout 2012

I know these goals are kind of fast as far as editing and submitting goals but I don't want to over edit like I did with EARTH SONG. I want to to be the best that it can be, but I also want it to be the story that I intend for it to be, not what other people think it should be. If no agents bite by the end of 2012 I'm going to look into self-publishing.

Personal Goals -

1. Get my kids out of the house daily to play.

2. Move more and sit at the computer less.

3. Read at least one book a week.

I'm not going to be too hard on myself with these becasue I come pretty close to achieving them anyway. Plus, I want a book more than I want to be thinner. But the other two goals are still pretty high up there.

So here's how the giveaway's going to work. tell me one of your goals in the comments and I'll put your name in the hat. Simple, right?

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Oh yeah, and don't forget to check out these other awesome giveaways as well -

Jess Witkins - An iTunes gift card and the opportunity to guest post or be interviewed on Jess' blog
 
Marcia Richards - To 1 subscriber, new or exisitng, an Amazon gift card and the opportunity to guest post or be interviewed on Marcia's blog
 
Sonia Medeiros - To 1 commenter, a $15 Amazon gift card
 
Pam Hawley - To 1 subscriber and 1 commenter,  Choice of one prize: guest post @ Hawleyville, be interviewed @ Hawleyville, OR Pam will guest post at winner's blog and promote @ Hawleyville
 
Jenny Hanson - To 1 commenter and 1 subscriber, choice of 1 prize: be interviewed @ More Cowbell or Jenny will guest post at winner's blog.
 
David Walker - 1 interview and 1 guest post trade
 
Gary Gauthier - 1 ebook to a new follower
 
Everyone have a fantastic 2012!










33 comments:

L.A Speedwing said...

First to comment hey? Thanks for visiting me. I wish you the very best of luck with Existence, Jenny!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

"I want to read a book more than I want to be thinner" - funny!
I have several goals for next year but the big one is to complete my third book by summer.
And here I thought I'd never write more than one...

Rachel Morgan said...

Looks like a good list of writing goals. All the best with seeing them through!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Ooh, I didn't sign up for the chapter contest, but I am doing a few others things at LDStorymakers that is completely freaking me out! (BREATHE). I love these goals. Well rounded.

Pam said...

Congrats on all your progress - I've so enjoyed being on this writing journey with you : )! Happy New Year!

Jessie Humphries said...

I admire anyone who submits to contests...I can't do it. It makes me crazy. Or it would if I ever did it. Anywayz, one of my goals is to pre-write a bunch of blogposts so that I am not always scrambling for something interesting to write about!

Jaime Wright said...

Great New Year's goals! :) :) My goal is to get 10,000 words written in Jan, submit 2 entries to ACFW Genesis contest by 2/15 and finalize my query letter for agents. Thus, sending it to agents when my index finger stops shaking over the send button...

jesswitkins said...

Jennie, I'm so sad this will be your last post with us, but hopefully you'll do a guest post here and there with us! I love your specific writing goals and commend you for your dedication to them. You cracked me up with "I'd rather have a book finished than be thinner." LOL Keep up the awesome work, Jennie! And keep us all posted on your adventures! Happy New Year!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I like your goals there. This next year should be good for you.

Happy New Year!

Michelle said...

Best successes with the writing goals! I'm completely with you on getting the kids outside more-isn't it amazing that it's going to be nearly 60 degrees today!?! I'm thinking of pushing mine out the door and locking it :)

My biggest goal for 2012 is to recognize and appreciate the interests and talents that make each of my friends and family unique.

Hope Roberson said...

Good luck with these! Have a safe and happy new year!

Joyce Lansky said...

Wow! You've really planned it out. I stopped making New Year's Resolutions years ago when I realized I never kept them anyway. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Christa said...

These are all great goals. I would also like to move more...how do we go about doing that and also writing more?? Treadmill computer set-up?

Annalisa Crawford said...

I love your goal to get the kids out to play each day - I might try that myself!

Happy New Year!

Claire Hennessy said...

So good to have goals. I may even write some myself for the first time in years. One of them will be to finish writing my book! Happy New Year!

Sonia G Medeiros said...

Congrats on your story being published! Woohoo!!! And congrats on your progress. It's been so great having you in LLC. And Happy Happy New Year!

Patricia T. said...

Liked your goals -- simple and doable. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Cortney Pearson said...

I love these goals, especially the move more, sit at the computer less and take your kids outside at least once a day. I sometimes get so consumed with my writing that my kids end up watching lots of movies, and I'd like to change that. Good luck with your awesome goals!!

ravenwolff said...

Hi Jennie! I found you through the Life List Club over at the Happiness Project. One of my goals is to join the Club! This coincides with the other top goal of writing daily. Happy New Year!

MISH said...

Wow! Good set of goals! Plus it looks like you get to have loads of fun too!
Have a great New Year, Jennie!

Jenny Hansen said...

Jennie, I love your goals and, I'm with Jess - I'm going to miss you too!!

I think you're right in your resolution not to over-edit. Your books need to be YOURS, not someone else's.

You already know my goals. :-)

The Golden Eagle said...

Great list of goals!

Hope you have a wonderful 2012. :)

Faith E. Hough said...

Great goals! One of mine is to not wear pajamas all day when I'm writing, so that I don't need to suddenly scramble into jeans when the doorbell rings. :)

Marcy Kennedy said...

One of my goals is to stand up while I work for at least one hour a day. Weird, right? But there's so much research out now about the difference it can make it your health to stand rather than sit. I know I can't jump right into standing for the entire day while I work (though I know of people who do), so one hour a day seems achievable.

Leigh Covington said...

WOW girl - you are so on top of things! 1 goal is to FINALLY get my 72 hour kits put together. The other is to finish first draft of STAIN by March 31st. That's all I've got thus far. I really need to get crackin' at the goals.

BTW- every time I pop over here, I want to eat a green apple! YUM! Now I'm hungry, but at least it's for something healthy, right? :)

Marcia Richards said...

Best of luck on your novel, Jennie. Please keep us updated! I know huge success is in your future!

@ Ravenwolff-please contact me if you're interested in LLC! Would love to talk to you!

Jennie, have a wonderful New Year with your family and thanks for being a great part of LLC for the past 6 months! We'll miss you!

mooderino said...

I defintely have to move more and sit at the computer less. Good luck with editing and querying.

mood

Joshua said...

Great goals. Now...how do we keep you on task? ;^)

Melissa Sugar said...

Great goals. I believe that by setting actual dates you are more inclined to accomplish them. I should try it. Now for my goals: To finish unexpected revisions of chapters one and two for Justice For Sale by January 13th (my birthday). To perfect query letter and begin sending letters by mid Feb. To be a better critique partner. To create blogging guidelines and to be more present with my kids and less present with my iPhone.

Good luck and Happy New Year.

Emily said...

It sounds like you have some great goals for this year (I can relate, too: get the kids out daily to play; they're kind of like puppies, aren't they?) and I love the giveaway. I'm really curious to read your writing!

As for me, this year I want to be more honest with myself about what I want professionally and where I see myself heading in the future.

Happy New Year!

Sidney said...

Lists are definitely a good way to get things done.

Erin Kane Spock said...

I have to be more consistent with the goal of getting the kids outside. Sometimes I get on a writing role and they end up with a whole lot of TV and pre-prackaged food. Not good.
This year I want to be more organized in my writing and get back on the blogging horse. I lost my seat and have had a hard time finding it again.

Gwen said...

I wish I could go through a book in a week, I'm still working on one I started in Sept XD. But my goal this year is to try and read more not so well known books. I want to get on book bandwagons before they take off ^_^