Last week I spoke about goals. Did you review your from 2016? I did! One goal I made was to get Silly Selma's book published. And it didn't happen in the year 2016. Not because I didn't try, but, I believe because I didn't focus enough on all the actions needed to get it published. This is very soul searching information for me to realize and share. As I look back I did accomplish alot, but if I had broken this GIANT goal into smaller goals I may have made more progress.
FIRST 2017 Goal = get agent & get published. Is there anything wrong with this goal? No, but it is waaaayyyyy to general.........and it is the same one I didn't reach last year. When your goal is too general, you set yourself up for failure. No one wants failure, So lets think this out. To get and agent or publisher what do I need to do? Finish book, check! Compose query letters . check! Easy right? Wrong. This is the hard part. I must make a query letter specific to the agent or publisher, and follow all their specific requirements .(and they have lots of them). Which includes Pdf files, gifs. etc.....Stuff......and I did need help with that first one and with help I sent the first one out. I really felt accomplished,but NOT smart, should have sent out multiples, many multiples. In my favor I sent about 30 or so query letters., for the entire year., not nearly enough.. Not many responses, (and most say if you don't hear back in 6 - 8 weeks your answer is no.)
I did learn how to make a photo into a pdf file., and I did have all my illustrations professionally scanned. I sent out between 15 - 20 more queries. I did get some responses, they may have been standard answers, but I was encouraged to actually get any kind words. Bottom line I did not find an agent or a publisher.
So how can I change this goal? How would you change your goal? In review I think I should keep my goals much shorter. The overall goal is still finding and agent and/or publisher. I will break down these goals for more success.
Long Term Goals: Get Silly Selma Published
Short Term Goal: Send 20 queries per month
I can do more of any thing I have listed,. I can add more goals, but I must stick to these goals.
Just a hint...make your goal sheet pretty...and make coies of it. You need to have in your studio, or where you paint. I also have one near my laptop. The more you see these goals, the more apparent and easier to attain.
Good Health and CREATITIVITY to everyone in this New Year of 2017...just do it!