I've got plenty!
We're closing in on 2009, and I think it's going to be a good one for me, and I hope for all of you as well.
I know many people pooh-pooh New Year's resolutions, but I love them. I love that "fresh start" each year. So I'm going public with mine, in the hope that will help me stick to them. Here we go.
In addition to maintaining my weight loss (18 pounds in '08!), getting to the Y at least three times a week, and making time to stay spiritually centered, I have a book to write! Yep, after all the angst of the past couple of months, my publisher has approved my new proposal -- well, I still have some changes to make, but it's almost there. All I'll say right now is that it's about two estranged sisters. I plan to keep you abreast of the writing, as I did in my "creating a story" posts that began back in October. Without giving anything away, of course.
As a matter of fact, I have three books to write. My new contract is for three books, nine months apart. Yikes! I won't be taking any non-working vacations for the next twenty-seven months, that's for sure. I'm looking forward to the challenge, though.
How am I attacking Book One? I've created a schedule that looks something like this: between now and January 5th, I'll re-write the proposal/synopsis, adding new layers to the story, changing the locale (right now it's a foreign locale, and my publisher wants at least the bulk of the story in the US). Then for the rest of January, I'll do my basic research and fully outline the story. That will mean lots of colored notecards on the dining room table. This will be a dangerous time, as "research" and "outlining", as opposed to actually writing, are amorphous tasks that can get away from me unless I exercise more discipline than I usually have.
Beginning in February, I'll write fifty pages a week. This should allow me to produce three drafts. The first will be a total mess. The second, much better. And the third, nearly perfect. In between drafts, I'll take a week for review and any needed research.
In the midst of all this, I'll have a new book, Secrets She Left Behind, to promote in June, and other promotional duties throughout the year. I need to do a major update on my website: I hope to add some video interviews (of myself) and descriptions of my older, currently out-of-print books which will be reissued in '09. But if I can stick to my schedule, I should have a complete book in good shape by my deadline, August 1. Wish me luck on that!
Unfortunately, I'm losing my fantastic editor at my publishing house. I've worked with her for years and she is dynamite, but she's about to have a baby. This must be the only business in which, when someone calls to tell you she's pregnant, your first reaction is "Oh, $#^%!" She'll be a fantastic mom. And I know my new editor is sure will be another winner, since my publisher is full of them. Change is always a little scary, though.
So, that's my agenda for 2009. What resolutions have you made?