New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year, again. I’m taking stock of my accomplishments. 2009 was a great year, filled with milestones in my writing life. My short story, Lessons from a Squirrel appeared in the Pisgah Review, and my debut novel is out from Red Rose Publishing. I completed my second novel and I’m currently seeking agent representation. I’m busy revising a middle grade high fantasy that I wrote in between my more serious projects as an escape – it’s pure fun! And I have started to put pen to paper on a new, adult novel that has been percolating in my imagination for a few years.

In 2009, I started this blog, and my group blog: The Roses of Prose, launched a website, found a community of writers and readers on various yahoo and ning groups, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and more. But I feel as if I have only climbed an inch up the learning curve when it comes to book promotion.

It should come as no surprise that along with taking stock in past accomplishments, the New Year prompts me to set new goals. I’m going to share my New Year’s Resolutions with you—both writing-related and personal. As 2010 progresses, I’ll check in on Fodder for Fiction to share my progress.

Resolutions 2010:

1. Revamp Author Website

2. Punch-up Blog Lisa Leibow’s Fodder for Fiction and plan programming for the year

3. Finish my Fictional Slave Narrative by June and have it ready for a critique group.

4. Finish the rewrite of my middle grade high-fantasy by incorporating feedback from my new critique group.

5. Actively seek agent representation and a publishing home for my completed second novel.
6. Write four short stories

7. Donate blood at least 6 times

8. Exercise at least three times per week

9. Read at least 50 books (i.e. read all of the books I have purchased and are in my to-read pile)

I hope that my goals inspire you to set some of your own. Comment and leave your resolutions here, too. We can encourage one another on throughout the year. Wish me luck!

Best to you,
Lisa Lipkind Leibow
Author of Smart Women’s Fiction

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  1. Pat McDermott says:

    Ambitious list, Lisa. I'd be happy to find the right balance between writing new stories for enjoyment and promoting what I've already published. Sometimes I think all this technology makes us feel inadequate when we're actually doing better than our best. But we persevere, yes? Happy New Year!

  2. Lisa L. Leibow says:

    Jayda, PA Brown, and Franny,
    When the going gets tough while working on these ambitious but reachable goals, know I'm cheering you on from Fodder for Fiction. In 2010 watch for my monthly goal-check! (More on that later.

  3. Franny Armstrong-ParaNovelGirl says:

    Awe Lisa, I was up half the night working on websites and edits. Now you've got me thinking about resolutions! Hmmmm

    How about this: Write, Edit, Make RRP trailers, update my 6 websites, update my Facebooks (3) Update Myspace(3), Update Twitters (2), Promote my books, Market, social networking, chats, create my book covers, eBook launches and signings, sigh…guess I should clean my house now and then and exercise (hate that part because I get computer withdrawl) and…answer emails as well as visit blogs and update my two blogs…
    Can't think of anything else. Now that you've got me putting it all down on computer I think I'll roll over and go back to sleep. Oh…sleeping and eating might fit in somewhere too. Don't worry though, I LOVE THIS LIFE!
    Happy New Year my friend.
    Franny Armstrong

  4. P.A.Brown says:

    My goals for 2010 are:

    1. To write and publish at least four new books, not counting the ones I'm working on now.

    2. Keep up my search for an agent and get Barrio Boyz published

    3. Travel outside of Canada at least once.

    4. Get to at least one mystery writer's conference

  5. jayda says:

    I know what I want to achieve, but I need to go through a list I posted on tnbw and incorporate new writing goals in that list. Also need to finalise the non-writing goals list.

    Thanks for sharing this. It's encouraging me to go do what I must if I'm to achieve anything.

    Sounds like you had an eventful and fruitful year. Keep it up.

  6. Lisa L. Leibow says:

    Thanks, Joy! I'm happy with my progress so far. I'm excited to keep moving forward. I hope 2010 is a great year for you, too!

  7. Joy Wizziwa says:

    This is such a great list Lisa!! I know are going to tick right on through it. Just think…a year ago you were thinking about starting a blog and setting up a website!!! 🙂

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