Hi everyone! Hope you all enjoyed the holidays! I’ve spent most of my holiday time compiling a list of goals, both professional and personal for the new year, and I’m going to share some of them in this post!
Writing: Finish writing first draft of “Kya“.
Other book-ish: start scouting editors, proofreaders, cover designers, promo opportunities, beta readers, & sort out remaining questions with my publishing platforms. If you have suggestions, please leave me a comment!
I recently joined my best friend’s work from home business and some things I’m working on for that are: additional product ideas, current project descriptions, branding, slogans, larger social media presence, build a blog, press kit, charity donations & drives, and finding local craft fairs. We make natural scented soy candles, wax melts, and wax tarts. Among other things, we are looking to expand into décor items to go along with some of our candles. It’s going to be an exciting new year for us!
Researching/starting a freelance writing and virtual assistant business. Possible services offered: proofreading, beta reading, advertisement creation, researching product branch-out ideas, branding, review polishing, location of stock photos for commercial use, & business card creation. Plan to begin promotion with local small businesses and friends with work-from-home businesses.
Beta reading experience. I already have one chapter from 3 of my twitter followers which I’m going to review and possible post my reviews here. If you’d like me to read one chapter of your work, please leave me a comment or contact me on Twitter! If you like my review, I’d be willing to make it into a blog post, with links to your choice of social platforms. I’m looking for experience in Fantasy (no erotica or dystopian), Mystery, Romance, and select Fan Fictions.
Creating ads for another friend’s business, EButterflyBeads. Emma creates beautiful jewelry, as unique as the butterfly that represents her brand, and I’m trying to come up with ways to help her expand on that. I recently created a few photo ads of work she’s done over the summer and I’m currently working on ads to promote her new email subscription.
Writing/editing classes: I’m looking at a few sites that offer cheap or free classes in writing and editing and I’m also expanding the number of YouTube authors I follow. This is both to improve my skills and to network with readers and writers. Please feel free to give me suggestions! A few people I would recommend checking out are Jenna Moreci, Megan Tennant (currently not uploading new videos, but I like many of her past videos), Jamie Ralston, Cait, and Reager E Malato. For addional lists of who I follow, see my past posts, “Who I Follow: Pt 1, 2, 3, 4“.
Some of my personal goals are: drinking more water (using Plant Nanny to help achieve this), lose a healthy amount of weight (trying out Lose It!, but so far it’s not my cup of tea), walk more, make some friends in my new town, learn to take myself on dates, take better care of myself physically and emotionally, and redecorate my room where I’m living as well as my room at my parents’ house.
So there are some of my plans for 2018! What are some of yours? Let me know if I can help you with any of them, and please leave a comment if you have any suggestions for mine! HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY WRITING!