I was browsing through the Top 10 Blogs for Writers list from CopyBlogger this morning and clicking through to scan all the recommended blogs. Creative Penn had just posted a re-cap of her goals for 2010 and her progress/status on all of them. She opened by stating that it is a proven fact that people who write down their goals do a better job of achieving them.
So, here I am on New Year’s Eve, gearing up for 2011 with swarms of hopes, dreams and goals in mind. I thought I would take her advice and write down a few of my professional goals for public consumption, as well as for public accountability. By sharing these goals with all of you, I am encouraging you to take me task should I fail!
First – I want to turn this blog into a true writing and marketing tool, for myself and others. I want to share what I know about writing, marketing, and editing as well as use this blog as a way to learn more.
Second – I want to shift the focus of my freelance work toward more marketing, PR, and copywriting. I love the editing side of my work and plan to maintain that, but I really want to push myself into the “dark arts” of marketing.
Third – By the end of 2011 I want my day-job title to reflect that I am a marketing professional. While I spend well over half of my 40 hour work week creating marketing copy, marketing materials, campaigns and generating ideas for new leads none of that is reflected in my job title of “Web-content Specialist.” In fact, that title really doesn’t say anything at all about what I do for 40 hours a week. I’d like that to change.
Fourth – I want to attend both the Pikes Peak Writer’s Conference at the end of April, and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Conference in September. I want to have a completed, polished MS to pitch at both. I want to have Sins of My Father completed and ready to pitch to an agent or editor at the RMFW Conference, and ready to submit to their contest if they include a Young Adult category this year.
Fifth – I would like to have my first book accepted for publication, or representation by a reputable agent, by the end of 2011.
Sixth – I would like to get back to writing twice daily, once in the morning for my fiction, and once in the evening for a daily blog post about – Information, Knowledge, Wisdom, Truth – and of course, books – both writing them, and reading them. (Perhaps a third time for my freelance work, and a fourth for my day-job, because really, if I could just write all day, I’d be a pretty happy person.)
What are your professional goals for 2011? How do you want to challenge yourself in the coming year?