New Year, New Goals

I don't really know how to start this blog. Do I get right into it, or do I start by rambling about my background as a writer?

I'll get right into it.

It's my dream to be able to write fiction for a living by the time my daughter starts school. Even if I'm only making minimum wage, that would still be living the amazing dream. I've always wanted to be a writer, and I have two degrees in creative writing to prove that desire. But writing degrees do not guarantee you a traditional publishing contract, nor do they guarantee your success in indie publishing.

So in 2020, in order to achieve my goal of eventually writing fiction full time, I plan to write six full-length (50k-70k) romance novels. I plan to release them every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December), with a Dreams of Glass bundle in March.

Though I had fun writing the paranormal romance, A Taste After Dark, I'm planning to stick to contemporary romance/romantic comedy and bdsm dark romance. I will probably focus on the latter, bdsm dark romance, since it seems to be more popular with my readers. Right now, I think the contemporary romance/romantic comedies will be true standalones, while the bdsm dark romance novels will be a series of interconnected standalones (main characters recurring as secondary characters in later books, etc.).

I write all of this to give some light to the person behind your Kindle, and to hold myself accountable to these goals.

In 2018, I decided to take a stab at indie publishing, and it took a year and a half to finish (I blame pregnancy and working almost full-time) Yield to Me, which I finally published in March 2019. This year, I've published five books. Not all were full length, but they were still books I shoved out into our cruel, dark world, and hoped they survived on their own. I think I did okay for my first year, but I know I can do better. I'm learning the market, and I'm learning to be a better writer. You don't become a better novelist by revising the same novel for six years. You learn to be a better novelist by writing more novels.

The dream, when my daughter goes to school, is to be able to write a book a month. To spend two weeks writing my fucking ass off, then the next two weeks editing, revising, and planning for the next book. That would be the dream. (Not just a dream, but the dream.)

So, basically, what is my short term, one-year goal? To publish six romance novels by the end of 2020. Mess around with AMS near the end of it. Use all of the free promotion services I can get my hands on.

What's my long term, four-year goal? Or when Emma goes to school, which is more like three and a half year plan? Be able to write full-time from home and make at least minimum wage. (Hopefully I'll make more than that, but I'll keep the financial goal small for now.)

I'll have to check in this time next year to see what the goal is moving towards writing full-time. Will it be writing short read romances? Will it be writing erotic shorts? Will it be writing bdsm dark romance, and only bdsm dark romance?

Who knows. We shall see. And I hope you'll read along with me.