It’s the first day of February, which means it’s time to review my goals and accomplishments for 2017. Most people would write a post like this in the beginning of January, but my January was filled with travel and illness. I’ve been wanting to write a year-in-review post all month but I haven’t felt up to it until now. So, here it is, about a month late.
I wasn’t blogging back in the beginning of 2017, but I did set two goals for myself, one for reading and one for writing. The reading goal was to read 50 books in 2017. A few years ago, this would have been an easy goal for me to make, but in 2015 and 2016, I landed somewhere in the mid-40s for books read. So this was a very a very achievable goal for me, but was still a little bit of a stretch. My goal for writing was to collect 50 rejections. I’ve often heard, as a new writer, that it’s important to set goals that are within your control. So setting a goal of getting a story published is a bad goal. Ultimately, that’s up to editors that I submit to and not up to me. I can, however, control how much I write and how much I submit. And I’d like to be doing more of both of those things. So, setting a goal for a number of rejections to receive is a good goal. To reach it, I have to write and submit. I know a lot of other writers set goals like this.
So, how did I do on these goals? Well…
Reading 50 Books
I did it. I hit the mark exactly. Some of those books were graphic novels that didn’t take me long to read, but I want to be counting those. I’m happy with hitting this mark, and I’m hoping to do better in 2018.
Getting 50 Rejections
I fell well short of this one. Honestly, if I had gotten 50 rejections, that would have been more than I had gotten in my entire life up until 2017, so it was an ambitious goal for me. I still think it was a good one. I still got more rejections in 2017 than I had in any year before. It was looking like I might get an even 20 rejections, but I ended up with 19. Because…
My First Pro Sale!
I’ll write more on this later, but I had my first acceptance to a pro-paying publication in 2017. Coming in just under the wire on December 31. The great thing about selling a story on New Year’s Eve is that I have a lot to look forward to in 2018. My first payment for writing fiction will come in 2018. My first fiction publication will come in 2018. So, 2018 is already going to be a great year for me. I’ll post more about the story when we’re closer to the publication date. Needless to say, I’m excited to have hit this milestone last year.
As I’ve mentioned, I already know that 2018 is going to be a great year. What I haven’t talked about yet are my goals for 2018. Again, I have a reading and a writing goal. My reading goal is to read 60 books this year. I’m intentionally setting this goal a little higher this year than last, and I think I can reach it. I’ll be honest. I’m not off to the best start. But I want to set an ambitious goal here. For writing, I’ll stick with the same goal that I had from last year. I’m hoping to collect 50 rejections. Since I didn’t come close to that number last year, this remains an ambitious goal. But still, it’s one that I can make easily if I write regularly and submit regularly.
So, that’s 2017 review and a 2018 preview. I’ll revisit this post at the end of the year and see how things went.