Dec 262012
 

Now that Christmas is over many of us are turning our attention to new year goals. When I discovered the Writing Resolutions Blog Hop hosted by 1st Books I decided to write this post and share what I want to do.

Right now I am in promotion mode. This blog is new and I also released a new book, “Must Love Sandwiches“.  Over the holidays, when I have the time to get online, I’ve been setting up new social media accounts and working at getting the word out about my new “babies” (blog and book). I have always loved foodie fiction and I am really excited about the concept I have come up with: writing many different sizes of stories within a series. Now I just need to let readers know about it! To help do that I will be participating in some recipe memes, adding bonus stories and recipes to the website and just getting out and about on the internet.

As far as writing goes, I am about a quarter of the way done with the next volume in The Bartonville Series. That volume will have two novelettes as well as some other shorter stories. After that I will be moving onto the first volume of my next, as yet untitled, foodie fiction series. I definitely want to get those two books released in 2013, hopefully even more! I will also revisit my 6:1 Series and get the third volume, “Jealousy”, released. I only have a bit of writing and some editing to do on that ebook.

So those are my writing goals for 2013. I’m hoping to also participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time. I will be a rebel by writing several smaller stories to reach the 50,000 word goal, but I still want to know what it is like to churn out that many words in one month.

What are your goals, writing or otherwise, for 2013?

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  1. What a great idea! I’ll go check it out.
    Congrats on your publications. Unique ideas!
    Here’s to a successful & fabulous 2013!

  2. Okay, got it. Must Love Sandwiches will be my bedtime reading tonight. Thanks!

    • Thank-you, Trishafaye! I hope you like it. I’ll have bonus stories and recipes up on here soon, so you’ll be able to find out more about the characters. Hope you have a wonderful 2013 too!

  3. My main goal is to cultivate peace, inside and out. And to write, of course! Best of luck with The Bartonville Series!

    • Peace is a good one. I have been feeling far from peaceful this month and the world definitely needs more peace. Good luck with your writing!

  4. Congrats Janel!!! And have fun with the Internet marketing campaign. I really mean that…if you have fun while social networking, it makes for a ‘funner’ win-win. Enjoy.

    I caught your post on She Writes.

    • Thanks for stopping by! I do try to have fun with social media. I always try to be myself, instead of constantly promoting my books, and hope that people will eventually buy my books if they like me as a person, instead of writer, first.

  5. Congrats, Janel! Promotion is tough, isn’t it? But it’s necessary. Good luck with the rest of the series and with spreading the word in 2013.

    • Thanks, Kelly! Promotion isn’t always easy, especially when you are a semi-introvert like I am. At least I’m more outgoing online than I am in person. :)

  6. Your writing concepts and stories are really intriguing. Thanks for popping over to my blog and do stay in touch so we can encourage one another in NaNo 2013. Good luck with you resolutions. :)

    • Thank-you. I hope others will like my concept, too! I’ll definitely keep in touch. I’ll need all of the encouragement I can get when November rolls around!

  7. You go, girl! Great resolutions!

    Unfortunately, my writing resolutions only come as far as “write as much as possible”. My blog, flash, poems, love letters, anything and everything – as much as time permits. A better schedule is being outlined, and I am truly hoping it’ll work out.

    • Writing as much as possible is a great goal. I know you don’t have much time, but all of those bits and pieces of writing add up. Good luck!

      • Thank you! You just made me feel better about it all.
        And you know what? I’ll give another writing resolution a go: I’ll join the Mindful Writing Challenge and write one small stone every day of January 2013.
        It won’t be much length wise, for sure, but it will get me in the habit of carving out at least fifteen to twenty minutes of writing, ever single day.

        • Good for you! That’s a great way to start out the year, getting back into the habit of writing every day. That being said, I always take the weekends off from writing – so I have never written every day, LOL! Good luck!!

  8. Good luck Janel and continued success in 2013. PS – let me know if you have any sandwiches without bread.

  9. Thanks for sharing this, Janel! I look forward to reading the fruits of your labor and happy to participate in the 1st books blog along with you – my resolutions are listed here: http://coldmountaincollective.com/2012/12/27/resolutions-of-the-written-word-lessons-in-sustainability/

    Best of luck and I also highly recommend NaNoWriMo! It worked wonders for me last month… Happy new year!

    • Thank-you for stopping by! I really wanted to do NaNo this year, but ended up needing to do revisions at that time, instead of starting a new project. I’ll plan better in 2013 so I can finally do it!

  10. It looks like you have a lot of irons in the fire this year. Hope each comes to fruition. Here’s my Writing Resolution blog hop

  11. OOoo Jealousy! Excited!

  12. Good for you, you set some good goals and I know you’ll be very busy! Best of luck with the Bartonville series, I will buy every one!

  13. Creative women usually have more than one outlet. Clearly, you are pumping out the stories, and have made great promises to yourself for 2013. It’s nice to read about your beadwork success. I’d love to see images of your work and links to more info.
    I’m also a visual artist. I work in stained glass, but have not mentioned it on http://vagilantes.com/. On the blog, I resolved to post: 52 Ways to Stop Pedophiles in 2013.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Julie. It has been a few years, but I’ll be teaching beadwork again this year. I love doing that! I’ll post some of my work when I find the time to make something new.

  14. Janel-

    Sounds good! I just stopped by on the blog hop. A short story could grow to a novel…I am sure you will play and see…

    Best to you in this New Year!

    Stephanie Renee dos Santos
    http://www.stephaniereneedossantos.com

    • Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie. I have played with the concept of expanding and contracting a story before. It’s a fun idea to play with.

  15. I’m really hoping to do NaNoWriMo this year for the first time myself; it seems like it will be a fascinating experience! I hope your writing 2013 is a successful one.

  16. Janel, Love your foodie fiction concept and the name of your new book. You’ve got a pretty hefty load to keep you busy in the new year. Good luck.

  17. Janel,

    Sounds like you have some great writing goals for 2013! I’m always impressed with people who participate in NaNoWriMo – I stay away from it because I don’t write fast and know I’ll end up feeling inadequate :)

    • I am a slow writer too and I can’t stand not succeeding at challenges. That’s why I’ve never done NaNo before, too. Luckily I’ve found a few books lately about increasing writing speed and the advice seems to be working!

  18. Foodie Fiction — Yum! I really hate the promotion part of publishing, but will be doing it myself this year. Good luck!

  19. Congratulations on your success! May your 2013 journey be even more wonderful than reaching your goals.

    As far as mine … hmmm? Keep writing. Host another writing retreat. Earn my keep (which may limit the first two a bit).

    • A writing retreat sounds like so much fun! I would like to do the “earn my keep” thing, too! It’s fun to be published, but paying the bills with the profits would be sublime.

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