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So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
« on: January 06, 2021, 10:14:34 am »
Just curious what my fellow travelers are thinking.

Here are mine. The main principle is to produce more and improve marketing effectiveness.

- End the year with a total of 10 novels published ( => +3 this year, personal capacity makes it harder to do more)
- Double my (modest) net profit from 2020
- Improve my monthly net margin from ~35% to 50% range
- double my e-mail subscribers
- 1 Bookbub at least (never done one)
- Outline one novel outside my current genre, preparing for 2022
- at least 2 blog posts that drive organic traffic to my website
- potentially consider dipping toes into contributing on Reddit (thanks Kathy)

What I will not do

- amping up engagement on FB or Twitter - not convinced the time is worth it
- going wide (KU is doing well for me)
- fiddling with prices (I think I've found my stable sweet spot)

Would love to hear some,



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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #1 on: January 06, 2021, 10:36:45 am »
    To make a modest profit would be a start. Keep writing - finish off a series perhaps - and make sure I still enjoy it, especially as I'm certainly not doing it for the money!

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #2 on: January 06, 2021, 05:11:12 pm »
    Those are definitely some good goals there.  It all sounds pretty doable, but will take some serious work.  Good luck buckling down and getting it all done.  I'd like to have goals like these, but I'm kinda realistic sometimes.  Maybe someday.

    And, good advice from Buckaroo on making sure to still enjoy it.  I'm definitely going to always keep that one in mind.  But I think this year I really want to focus on just getting things made and maybe dive deeper into the marketing side next year.  Kind of have a whacky idea to start recording music and maybe make a youtube channel, so I have to set goals knowing that my spare time might be less than usual.

    But personally I'd like to:
    - Finish the last book of a series.  It's all sorted out in my head and now I just actually have to do a thing.
    - Get some covers done.  I've had this handshake deal with a friend of a friend to do some covers for me, but at some point I have to say, are we doing this or not.  I actually like my current cover, but I realize that my girlfriend's hiking photos may not be exactly what the market is into.
    - Explore fanfic.  I've written a fanfic movie and I know nothing about it so I want to see what other people are doing out there before I throw it up on the internet.  Not super important, but it took some effort and I want to make sure I have some idea what's what.
    - Start something brand new and completely different.  After the last book in the series is done I want to explore something else.  If nothing else, just to keep me interested.

    I feel much less legit next to the OPs smart goals, but I know where I'm headed, and it's to the party not the bank.  At least in 2021.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #3 on: January 06, 2021, 05:34:32 pm »
    Publish 3+ French translations.
    Publish my first indie German translations (hopefully 2-3).
    Write the final 2-3 books in my billionaire series.
    Start the first book in a new series.

    This year, my income goal is profit first, not revenue first as it was in the past. I'm thinking a little differently than I usually do. More on efficient backlist ads. Less on big release pushes.

    I took a backlist series wide and permafree and it's doing well so far. I don't know if that's the future, but I'm considering it more than I have in the past. I'll probably take my most similar series wide and permafree as well, but I'm have to see how my next release does first.

    The results are reminding me series is king. I prefer writing super connected standalones and they sell better long term (vs less connected), so I'm sticking with that... Next. I'm not sure I'm really in the mental space right now with quarantine. I want to get a little weird since I'm late series.

    I want to try a proper cliffhanger series one day. I'm still waiting for a book to tell me it needs twice the length, but I might have to stop waiting and tell the book how it is. (Especially since the last two times books told me this I was mid series and it was not the time to change my format).

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #4 on: January 06, 2021, 07:03:45 pm »
    Mine are simple but daunting.

    1 Finish writing the first 3 books in a series (I'm halfway through book 2)
    2 Settle on a designer for covers/branding
    3 Use a hidden gems and booksprout to gain early reviews
    4 Try to start a website myself if I can figure it out
    5 Publish
    6 Employ what I've learned about setting up ads and see what I can make happen with what I've got to spend/hopefully break even to start
    7 Write book 4 and start a new series

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #5 on: January 06, 2021, 09:30:34 pm »
    Write more books than I did the previous year. Add a new pen name perhaps. I was planning to do so in 2020 but life got in the way. I have a few books that are sitting on the computer, different from my present genre, that just need to be branded and then put out there, and I don't want to do it in a scattershot manner.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #6 on: January 07, 2021, 07:16:07 am »
    Thanks to all the super interesting responses! Really nice to see how others are thinking about the year and see what I can learn/borrow.

    @NikOK - thanks! I'm a bit of a structured/list kind of guy, and it gives me some direction and focus and I'm more likely to get closer to my goal with a list than if not :)

    @Cyrstal - know what you mean by connected series. What I've done so far is build a series, but each story is fully self-contained, but connected to others through characters or themes. It's worked out pretty well so far, and I hope to extend it. for one of my series, I'll probably go more the anthology way because sometimes the books are separated by centuries or by large geographical distances.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #7 on: January 07, 2021, 02:34:46 pm »
    Mostly I'd just like to start and finish a novel this year. My last five WIPs didn't make it past ~6000 words each, with two not even breaking 2000.

    Granted, it's been mostly due to health, so the completion of this goal is kind of dependent on something I have no real influence over.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #8 on: January 07, 2021, 03:30:02 pm »
    My goals for 2021 (besides staying COVID-free and in good health), increase the audience for my first book, just published and to finish my second book which will be the beginning of a series.
    Wishing everyone a good and successful year. 

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #9 on: January 07, 2021, 03:48:58 pm »
    1. Finish my first novel.
    2. Publish my first novel
    3. Write and publish the 2nd and 3rd books of the series.
    4. Learn the craft (probably should be higher on the list)
    5. Create a website (possibly if there is any true reason to)

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #10 on: January 07, 2021, 05:12:33 pm »
    1. Increase my following
    2. Increase my sales
    3. Begin a spy series by the 4th quarter

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #11 on: January 07, 2021, 06:44:17 pm »
    Keep my head above water. 2020 was not great for depression.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #12 on: January 07, 2021, 08:34:23 pm »
    I hope 2021 is much better for you my friend.

    Keep my head above water. 2020 was not great for depression.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #13 on: January 08, 2021, 08:35:39 am »
    I hope 2021 is much better for you my friend.

    Thank you.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #14 on: January 08, 2021, 10:14:32 am »
    Write at least two more books in my main series.

    Start at least two more series.

    Get a second Bookbub, this time in Fantasy, not Humor.

    Earn more overall from my books than from my dayjob.

    All, barring the Bookbub, are achievable, I think, if I pull my finger out and stop being a lazy arse.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #15 on: January 09, 2021, 06:58:41 am »
    I have four books at the publisher being edited. I just finished the first draft of the conclusion to the series at the publisher. My goal is to market the books I currently have on Amazon and to market the new books as they become available.

    Writing distracts me from marketing and it is time to, in the words of Michael Eisner, Sell, Sell, Sell.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #16 on: January 10, 2021, 10:23:35 am »
    Great goals, all! I would like to introduce paperbook options for my books (currently all ebook format only)

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #17 on: January 10, 2021, 11:10:28 am »
    @Heffnerh - it's really simple if you're working off of a Word doc for Kindle upload.

    This is what I do:
    1. Create a word doc (6x9 usually) ready for KDP upload
    2. In the TOC make sure there's page numbers
    3. Upload to KDP with all details same as my e-book
    4. Use the built-in cover designer and add my cover image and a blurb

    That's it. When I do it now, it literally takes me less than 30 minutes to go from a e-book ready to Paperback. Don't hold off :) good luck. I sell my Paperbacks steadily and no one ever has given me grief about how it looks. Zero.


    Great goals, all! I would like to introduce paperbook options for my books (currently all ebook format only)

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #18 on: January 10, 2021, 11:59:22 am »
    I hope 2021 is much better for you my friend.

    Second this.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #19 on: January 10, 2021, 12:13:40 pm »
    My goals are:

    1. Finish my next non-fiction essay
    2. Have my novella edited and released
    3. Focus on my two Regency-era novels

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #20 on: January 10, 2021, 04:16:06 pm »
    Minimum goal for the year:
    -ninth novel written and published
    -half of tenth novel written
    -promote backlist aggressively but cheaply
    -break even on marketing costs

    Stretch goal for the year:
    -ninth and ten novels written and published, half of eleventh written
    -promote backlist aggressively but cheaply
    -show a profit for once
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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #21 on: January 10, 2021, 05:17:04 pm »

    Earn more overall from my books than from my dayjob.


    There's the good one :D  Good luck Gareth!  Get that sweet, sweet fantasy humor money.

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #22 on: January 10, 2021, 08:05:42 pm »
    Goals:
    -stop procrastinating so much with writing
    -write my first draft
    -take the plunge into my new genre that I studied for almost a year
    -become a published author
    -make sure I have a good marketing strategy

    How I will achieve this
    -run around and scream jk
    -schedule time to write by using sprints
    -have confidence in my new genre because I studied the living daylights out of this genre
    -outsource as much marketing help as possible
    -create a publishing plan
    -do more say less

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #23 on: January 11, 2021, 10:32:57 am »
    There's the good one :D  Good luck Gareth!  Get that sweet, sweet fantasy humor money.

    It's out there... I can smell it...

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    Re: So, what are your 2021 writing goals?
    « Reply #24 on: January 20, 2021, 12:48:44 pm »
    2021 Writing Goals:

    • Complete first drafts of two novels started in 2020
    • Redraft and self-publish one of them
    • Complete & submit 1 short story every two months for publication in magazines/journals/periodicals, etc.
    • Keep beating the bushes until at least two short stories are published

    Accomplishing those things would make me a happy man.

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