2019

2019 Personal Blog Challenge

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I loved doing the blog challenge last year with Marketing for Romance Writers. This year, I’ve decided to make my own personal challenge to follow. Here are the topics for 2019:

  • Week 1: Favorite Thing I’ve Written (& Why)
  • Week 2: Writing Great Beginnings
  • Week 3: My Earliest Memory
  • Week 4: Worst Writing Advice I’ve gotten
  • Week 5: Groundhog’s Day (2nd) – Unusual Holidays in the U.S.
  • Week 6:  What Would I Do If I Couldn’t Be a Writer
  • Week 7: Valentine’s Day (14th) – Why Romance Novels?
  • Week 8: My Contest Experiences
  • Week 9: A Book That Has Influenced My Life
  • Week 10: Mardi Gras (5th) – Feast Before Famine
  • Week 11: What I Learned from My Worst Review
  • Week 12: Skunks & Purses (Taming the Troublemaker)
  • Week 13: Top 5 Things on My Bucket List
  • Week 14: April Fool’s (1st) – What Is Funny?
  • Week 15: Creative Outlets I Enjoy
  • Week 16: Easter (21st) – Faith in Romance Novels
  • Week 17: Dreams vs. Reality (The Rookie)
  • Week 18: What is the Top Comment/Question People Ask?
  • Week 19: Mother’s Day (12th) – Mothers in Romance Novels
  • Week 20: Book Lover’s Con
  • Week 21: When Did I Know I Could Be a Writer?
  • Week 22: Memorial Day (27th) – Great Sacrifice
  • Week 23: The American President: A Lesson for Writers
  • Week 24: Father’s Day (16th) – Great Dads are Sexy
  • Week 25: Who Do I Look Up To or Aspire to Be?
  • Week 26: What Does Success Look Like for a Writer?
  • Week 27: July 4th – A Rogue Nation
  • Week 28: New Methods That Have Worked for Me This Year
  • Week 29: Confidence: Fake It and Fake It Some More
  • Week 30: RWA Nationals
  • Week 31: Our NYC Vacation
  • Week 32: How Much of Myself is in My Writing
  • Week 33: Dealing with the “Middle” of Your Book
  • Week 34: 20 Rookie Writer Mistakes
  • Week 35: Mass Market Paperback vs. eBook (The Rogue King)
  • Week 36: Labor Day (2nd) – Hard Work & a Little Bit of Luck
  • Week 37: My Biggest Frustrations as a Writer
  • Week 38: What I Learned from Rejection
  • Week 39: Native American Day (27th) – We Should Do More
  • Week 40: Writing: Myth vs. Fact
  • Week 41: Friends or Enemies to Lovers Trope (Claiming the Cowboy)
  • Week 42: Boss’s Day (16th) – Agents & Editors
  • Week 43: Me Too & Paranormal Romance
  • Week 44: Halloween (31st) – Why is this My Favorite Holiday?
  • Week 45: Where Do All the Ideas Come From?
  • Week 46: Veteran’s Day (11th) – Modern Day Warriors
  • Week 47: What Would I Say to Younger Me?
  • Week 48: Thanksgiving (28th) – What Are Characters Thankful For?
  • Week 49: My Favorite Blog Posts This Year
  • Week 50: What I Learned from My Parents
  • Week 51: Greatest Successes & Epic Failures
  • Week 52: Christmas (25th) – Writing Fantastic Endings
  • Week 01: 2019 Accomplishments & 2020 Goals

2018 Accomplishments & 2019 Goals

It’s coming up on the end of the old year and beginning of the new, and you know what that means… Goals. 

Look at how you did on the old ones and set some new ones. I do this every year for personal and professional goals. Let’s take a look at those author ones.

2018 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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I had a wonderful 2018 with new releases, time with wonderful friends, fun at conferences, and growing my skill set. Here are some of the highlights:

  • WRITE BOOKS – Contracts to fulfill means a ton of words written and books edited… 
    • 300k words written
    • 4 novels written, 2 novels edited, 1 novella edited
    • 3 proposals written and submitted (pending)
    • Finished edits on and released:
      • Resisting the Rancher, Hills of Texas #2 (contemporary)
      • The Mate, Fire’s Edge Prequel (paranormal)
      • The Boss, Fire’s Edge #1 (paranormal)
    • Finalized edits, release pending:
      • The Rogue King, Inferno Rising #3 (paranormal)
    • Wrote, submitted, and edited:
      • Partnering the Playboy, Hills of Texas #3 (contemporary)
      • Claiming the Cowboy for Christmas, Hills of Texas #4 (contemporary)
    • Wrote and submitted (in editing process):
      • The Rookie, Fire’s Edge #2 (paranormal)
      • The Blood King, Inferno Rising #3 (paranormal)
  • CONTRACTS – 3 books contracted
  • MY PEOPLE
    • A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this a great year. Especially those who really believe in my books and AOAD! In particular:
      • My awesome readers. Your words of enjoyment and encouragement mean more than I can express. xoxo
      • My husband & kids
      • My family
      • Evan Marshall, my agent
      • Heather Howland, my Entangled editor
      • Sinclair Sawhney, my Tule editor
      • Nicole Flockton, my bestie
      • Alyssa Day
      • Anna Stewart
      • Tracy Goodwin
      • Erin Bevan
      • Dawn Dowdle
      • The awesome teams of folks who make me a better author in so many ways @ Entangled Publishing, Tule Publishing, Crimson Romance, and Wild Rose Press.
      • Every author I get the opportunity to share my love of writing with throughout the year, because y’all are my people, my tribe, my friends.
      • The fantastic bloggers/reviewers who took the time to read my books an post reviews. You rock!
  • FUN & FRIENDS – Great times with fellow authors
    • Loved every second at RWA Nationals in Denver and Shameless in Orlando, as well as on writing retreats, at my ARWA chapter meetings, and online with friends.
  • ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    • Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick – Resisting the Rancher (contemporary)
    • Beat my own ranking record twice
      • The Wrong Kind of Compatible – BookBub sale
        • #105 Amazon, #1 B&N, #10 Apple, #30 Kobo
      • The Attraction Equation – BookBub sale
        • #45 Amazon, #3 B&N, #4 Apple, #2 Kobo
    • Grow revenue
      • While writing is my passion, reality means I also have to grow it as a business. I had a goal to double my gross revenue. I beat that goal and tripled it. 
  • AOAD – Authors On A Dime
    • Continued to grow the business.
    • I had a goal to double my gross revenue. And I multiplied it by 5X!!!!! (Wow!)
    • Took on new clients and more contractors.
    • Loved every second of working as Alyssa Day’s VPA.
    • Took a position as a cover artist for The Wild Rose Press.
  • EDUCATION – Get Better
    • My goal every year: Improve as an author by attending workshops. Between 2 conferences, my awesome local RWA chapter, and online chapters, I took a ton this year. Feel like I learned a lot!

2019 GOALS

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Like last year, my goals this year surround completing contracts already signed and releasing several books that have been ready for a while. Also on the list is setting up contracts that would continue my trajectory through 2020/2021.

  • PUBLICATION – Look for the following releases…
    • Taming the Troublemaker, The Hills of Texas #3 (contemporary) – Mar 21
    • The Rookie, Fire’s Edge #2 (paranormal) – April 22
    • The Rogue King, Inferno Rising #1 (paranormal) – August 27 (MASS MARKET PAPERBACK!!!)
    • Claiming the Cowboy for Christmas, The Hills of Texas #4 (contemporary) – Oct 15
  • WRITE BOOKS – Contracts to fulfill means a ton of words to write… (between 300k-400k words total)
    • Finish editing process and/or rewrites…
      • The Rookie, Fire’s Edge #2 (paranormal)
      • The Blood King, Inferno Rising #2 (paranormal)
      • Claiming the Cowboy for Christmas, The Hills of Texas #4 (contemporary)
    • Write and submit
      • The Faller, Fire’s Edge #3 (paranormal)
      • Loving the Lawman, Hills of Texas #5 (contemporary)
      • The Warrior King, Inferno Rising #3 (paranormal)
      • The Enforcer, Fire’s Edge #4 (paranormal) – won’t finish this one in 2019, but not long into 2020)
      • Possible novellas in between. Hoping to finish the last novella in the Legendary Consultants series. 
  • AOAD – Authors On A Dime
    • Continue to grow the business thru cold calling.
      • Since we grew revenue so much last year, my goal is to double revenue YoY
    • Continue as a Virtual Personal Assistant for author Alyssa Day.
    • Continue to design covers for The Wild Rose Press
  • FUN & FRIENDS – Great times with fellow authors
    • Secretary on Board of Directors for Austin RWA (local chapter)
    • Attending a local Romance Readers Social, Book Lovers Con in New Orleans, and RWA Nationals in NYC this year. Check out events!
    • A writing retreat with bestie Nicole.
    • Spending time with my tribe of awesome readers/authors/editors/agent/and friends. One of the best parts of what I do!
  • CONTRACTS
    • I’m fairly busy with the contracts signed in 2017/2018. I have 5 more contracted books to complete thru 2020.
    • Evan and I are in process on 3 or 4 different proposal projects, so we’ll see where those lead. 🙂
  • EDUCATION – Get Better
    • It’s a goal of mine every single year to continue to improve as an author by attending lots of workshops.
  • ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    • This is a passion, but also a business. A few business goals this year.
      • Cut spending by 50% YoY (already have a plan here)
      • Hold gross income flat YoY