I love the idea of goal setting and a fresh start/blank page/clean slate! As a child, September and the start of a new school year made my heart happy. As a mother and an elementary school teacher, I looked forward to starting anew each year and all the brand new school supplies. January 1st affords the same opportunity to look back at the previous year and set a purpose for the year ahead.
My 2019 goal setting has been aided by participating in two new-to-me free writing opportunities. Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas (12Days4Writers) encouraged me to record successes, disappointments, and learnings from 2018 to prepare for 2019. I also joined Tara Lazar’s StoryStorm which is a brainstorming, idea generating month-long journey to start the year with a bank of story ideas. I shared my successes on my personal blog and it was gratifying to look back on 2018 as a year of accomplishment and growth as a writer and a reader. My StoryStorm list of ideas is growing and I feel confident it will be include more than the goal of 31 ideas by the end of January.
I publicly shared that my two writing goals for 2019 are:
I have two main goals for ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON, which releases 2/19/2019. First, I'm setting up school, library, and other author events including CCIRC and The Children's Festival of Stories. Second, I'm connecting with picture book bloggers and reviewers to help with promotion. I've created two spreadsheets to record progress on each of these goals so that I can keep track of what I've accomplished and what needs to be done next. I was worried about the organizational part of this, but I'm feeling confident that I'm on the right path.
Aliana Reaches for the Moon is available for pre-order now and releases February 19th!
We are a group of picture book authors and illustrators whose first picture books will be released in 2019. Read about our roads to publication here.