My goals for writing:
Now that fall is just around the corner, I’m pretty excited. Autumn has always been an inspiring time for me. The crisp air, changing leaves, and spicy scents make me crave adventure and this is often my most productive writing time. Last year I released my most recent book, Voice Of A Story Teller, in the fall. I was living in North Vancouver then and I would take this beautiful forest path on my walk to the library. This year, I’m living in a trendy area of the city and I’ve got some exciting new writing goals.
I’ve finished the first draft of my new novella! It’s currently at 48,700 words and I might bring it up to novel length if I can, but I won’t stress too much about word count. I believe every story has a length it’s meant to be and one shouldn’t force it to be longer or shorter than it needs to be. I’m very excited about this new book, because it’s about a young shepherdess’s journey of survival, love, healing, and happiness. It was fun doing the research for this story and I got to learn more about ancient Israel; I now have a desire to visit the Judean Desert and the Negev Desert one day for some scenic hikes.
I decided earlier this year to take my writing in a new direction. A lot of my earlier books had a particular mood, or energy, that I’m quite proud of. I’m happy to move out of sad/cliff hanger type of endings and write more satisfying, complete journeys for my characters. Your art always grows with you, so I’m stoked for my new writer evolution. I’ll be focusing a lot on editing my new story in the coming weeks and months.
I’ve also started a new story that is in the fantasy genre. Since it’s so new, I don’t want to give too much away, but I intend for this one to be very epic. I enjoy working on a couple of projects at once – it keeps everything fresh and exciting.
My goals for book promotion:
I’m closing in on 7K followers for Twitter and I’m planning to host a book giveaway as promised earlier to my followers. I’ll also be re-tweeting other writers/artists on Twitter as a thank-you for their support. I’ll create some kind of 7K Follower Celebration & Thank You Bonanza there. Giveaways can help draw more interest to your book(s) while giving back to your readers and supporters. It’s a win-win!
I’d like to experiment with ads for different social media sites and see what works and what doesn’t work. I’m not going to pump too much money into these ads, but I will invest a set amount to see what the results will be. I will certainly be providing an update on that very soon. 🙂 I’d also like to revamp my Bookstagram content with new book photo shoots and then perhaps do a giveaway there to generate more interest in my books. I’ve been a bit lax with book promotion lately (I needed a break from marketing matters) so it’ll be fun to play around with that a bit more this fall.
Needless to say, I’ve got some fun things in the works over here and I’m looking forward to another fun autumn season!
What are your fall writing goals? I’d love to hear about them!