ROW80 Goals Post (Round Three)

Guys… this has been a weird week.

Good. Amazing. But slightly overwhelming, confusing, and strange-dream inducing.

Things are going better than I expected a week and a half after Bound’s launch. I know it won’t last. I’m taking screenshots.  But I’m also celebrating little victories like this, which will probably be less impressive by the time you click on that link.

I have a habit of keeping my expectations low and not getting too excited when things go well, because I’m scared of crashing. I know that the good times will end, and then what will I have? Will I feel stupid for celebrating something so temporary? Better to just stay low and even, ride it out...

The official challenge for this round of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to OWN YOUR DREAM.

I’m going to modify it a little, and say that one of my goals is to enjoy my dream. Publishing a book and having at least some people love it has been my dream for a long time. I’m not going to shout it from the rooftops every time a copy sells, but I’m going to let myself get excited when things go right.

It’s a big shift for me.

But it’s time to move on. You can’t coast on one book, no matter how fun the launch party was. Momentum is key.

My goals for this round (which lasts until September 24-ish) have to do with Torn, the sequel to Bound. I’ve already written two drafts, but what I’ve got in the works for this one is a huge improvement over the last one. This is one reason I don’t release early drafts. I need time to stew and let things develop.

It’s a huge job, involving the addition of around 13,000 words and major re-writes to existing scenes. We have a family vacation in there, which makes writing difficult, but I’ll work it out.

AJ: You just released a book. Couldn’t you take a day off?”

Me: I don’t understand the question.

Round Three Goals:

  • finish revisions on Torn by the end of August. Accomplish this by getting up early to write before the kids wake up.
  • Send Torn to beta readers at the beginning of September, ask for feedback by the end of the month.
  • While Torn is with readers, finish outlining book three.
  • contact editor and cover designer in September.
  • keep up on Twitter and Facebook involvement. No big promos until Torn is ready to go.
  • Stop looking at sales rankings. Seriously. It’s unbecoming of a professional.
  • read two novels and two craft/business books per month.

That last one will be hard. I’m still struggling with reading for pleasure, and finding it hard to get into books. When I do have to take that week off from writing, we’ll see if that helps.

So there we go. No more commentary. No promo.

The future is bright, and it is terrifying.

*rides off into sunset*





About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with six cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. View all posts by Kate Sparkes

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