Recap 2018 and Looking to 2019

Goals for 2018 and how I did:

  • Publish 6 or 7 new books (6 of these are written and just need to be published)  Didn’t get this one done. Only published four new books
  • Write 120 short stories and get 90% of them out and in the mail.  Another Failure. Only got about 80 done and not nearly close to 90% of them in the mail (but I can do that this year too, I bet)
  • Write at least 3 novels this year. This one I think I got done. That doesn’t mean I like the books I wrote, but I am pretty sure I got one good novel out of it.
  • Blog regularly at my Bonnie Elizabeth site. Didn’t get this done. Moving really pushed that out of the realm of doing.
  • Blog at least semi-regularly on this site. Well, I got one blog on this site but that’s it! So another fail.
  • Revamp this website. Didn’t even get on the radar
  • Attend a con. Attended a supercon. I really would like to go to a fantasy and SF con, so this is a half success.
  • Work on increasing author visibility and author income via networking, ads, audience building.  I think I did work on this a bit more this year with a big push at the end, so this was my one big success, although I have yet to reap many rewards.
  • Publish one or two collections of short stories. Not even close!

What did I do instead? Well, my husband and I moved and we didn’t like the house, so we looked for a new house which we are having built. That took more time and energy. And I think there was a little bit of burnout after the workshop I took in April. I was working myself very hard and just didn’t feel it after that. We’ll see how I do next year.

And goals:

  • Publish: Publish 3 new novels. I have one nearly ready and one that will probably be done so this is a push. We’ll see.
  • Write: Write at least 20 short stories and four novels
  • Blog: Blog regularly as Bonnie Elizabeth
  • Newsletter: Get ideas for a newsletter by Bonnie Elizabeth and start that regularly
  • Attend a con
  • Send out: I wrote a lot of shorts last year and want to keep writing a number of shorts this year, so I need to start sending those out to markets/an or publish them
  • Publish regularly: this means if I don’t have a book, I publish a novella or a short story at least once a month again.
  • Move: Get moved into the new house!
  • Network: Really get out there and work on networking. Again this isn’t just author networking but reader networking
  • Expand distribution: both by going to Ingram for print and then by adding in other places for purchase via publish drive or another vendor like that

 

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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