Last year, I posted my writing goals for 2012. They were:
- To fully and totally complete my dissertation
- To unveil my revised website
- To complete the first draft of one book
- To start book two
- To query agents
How did I do?
My dissertation was finished and approved and my website was completely overhauled. I did complete the draft of one book (though not the one I intended) and started book two. Though I have had some informal interaction with agents, I have not queried any. I intentionally put this on hold, per the recommendation to wait until I finished writing the books.
There were also some other key developments that weren’t annual goals, having been started midyear:
- I launched a monthly newsletter (sign up to receive it each month).
- I moved all my blogs over to a WordPress platform.
- I cofounded a writers critique group, Kalamazoo Christian Writers.
- I spoke at the Breathe Christian Writers Conference.
- I started and completed writing My Faith Manifesto, later renamed to How Big Is Your Tent?
So, looking forward, what are my goals for 2013?
- To self-publish My Faith Manifesto (now titled How Big Is Your Tent?
- To complete my two works in progress (God, I Don’t Want to Go to Church and 52 Churches)
- To query agents to represent me in the above two books.
- To rewrite my dissertation into a more accessible format.
I will post updates as they occur, but check back next year to see how I did on the entire list.
Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, is an author, blogger, and publisher with over 30 years of writing and publishing experience. Check out his book The Successful Author for insider tips and insights.