2018 Goals and looking back on 2017’s goals

Posted January 4, 2018 by Jennifer Ellision in blog / 0 Comments


Happy 2018, loves!

At the risk of sounding like a cliche, the beginning of a new year feels like a clean slate. At the very least, it’s an easy way to create a timeline of goals for yourself, with a deadline of the end of the year.

Let’s see how I did with my 2017 goals:

  • Run a 10K
    • Success! It was the hardest run I’ve ever done. I felt like I’d collapse. But I finished!
  • Publish 2 novels
    • Yeesh. Not even 1 novel. Not even 1 short. But I did publish the Threats of Sky and Sea boxset! Not so great on this one…
  • Narrate 4 audiobooks
    • Close, but not quite. Still, I’m decently happy with my progress here. I completed narration on 3 audiobooks, 2 of which need to have mastering completed before they will be released, and 1 of which is out now!
  • Visit 4 new states and 1 new country
    • Success! In March, I visited the U.K. and had one of the best trips of my life touring historical locations, beautiful architecture, and reveling in Harry Potter fun. I also added Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New Jersey to my “states visited” map this year.

And now, for 2018’s goals!

  • Publish 2 novels
    • Yep, I’m bringing this one back. Over Raging Tides, Book #1 in my Lady Pirates series comes out in March. That gives me 7 months to draft, edit, and release either the second book in the Lady Pirates series or Book #1 in my Halfers series.
  • Visit 2 new places
    • I really want my concentration this year to be on writing and publishing, so I don’t want to put too much pressure on travel goals. The new places can be states, countries, or cities. We’ll see how things shake out. I just want to add some new experiences.
  • Complete Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors course
    • I bought and paid for this course last year, but haven’t had the time to devote to actually taking the course and implementing its strategies. I have high hopes that it prove a good investment.
  • Increase my writing speed
    • I am a notoriously slow writer. But I want to tell my stories. Beyond wanting to publish 2 books this year, I don’t have a concrete goal… I just want to improve. But it would be nice to get a start on a 3rd draft for 2018.

What are your 2018 goals? What would you like to see from me?

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