Writers: What are Your Year-End Goals for 2011?

Carol Tice

Hard to believe, isn’t it? All of a sudden, there is just one month left to get our freelance writing work done and billed before the New Year dawns.

In Freelance Writers Den, we have a forum where members “weigh in” each month and talk about their goals. Then they come back at month-end and discuss what got done, and set new goals for the coming month.

It’s a simple exercise.

It’s also one of the most powerful methods I’ve discovered for keeping your writing goals on track.

Stating your goals to a group tends to create accountability. You don’t want to let people down, so you get it done.

December is always a tough month for productivity, too, with the holidays and school breaks.

Personally, I’m contemplating taking my family on a 3,000-mile road trip and trying to work a bit along the way on a laptop, getting work done on two articles and three book chapters. Wish me luck on that.

As we approach the end of the year, in an effort to help everyone stay on track with their freelance-writing income goals, I’d like to offer a weigh-in opportunity to everyone who reads this blog.

What are your goals?

Leave a comment and tell us:

  • What did you get done this year? What accomplishments made you most proud?
  • What remains undone that you hope to complete before year-end?

29 Comments

  1. Beti Spangel

    My accomplishments for 2011 were having the time and brainpower to have two articles published, getting serious about my blog, and… drumroll, please… FINALLY, after a year and a half of handwringing about doing it, approaching my boss about cutting down to three days a week! This was HUGE for me!! When I gave her my proposal, she said, “Sure, we can do that.” Insert Homer Simpson “DOH!” slap on the forehead here. Seriously, though, it took the right combination of having reduced personal expenses, getting hubby on board, and getting serious about my craft for it to be the right time to do this. After we wrap up this calendar year, we will be looking for our two-day a week part-timer.

    My goals for 2012, therefore, are to send out a minimum of a query a week; sell a minimum of six pieces; enter a contest a month (I love ’em, especially for short fiction); and outline my Great American Novel.

    • Carol Tice

      Congrats on cutting back the job! Big step.

  2. Marina DelVecchio

    Hi Carol, my goals are to self publish. Very excited about it. I also want to get published on print, and one of my articles is being sought out by Cengage for a college anthology called Viewpoints. They’re publishing 4000 copies of it and it goes for $25 a book. Here’s my question: I wrote it and published it on a woman’s organization for which I am Board of Directors. The founder of the org hasn’t said so, but I think she wants the proceeds for it because it’s posted on her site. She asked us all to consider a policy as to how we should handle it when work published on the blog is offered “real” publication. She says that since she is founder, when one of her pieces was offered print publication, the money went to the org. My gut instinct tells me that even though I wrote this piece and published it on our org site, the piece is still my property. Is this right? How should I handle it?

    I really respect your opinion since you know the ins and outs of this business, and I’m thinking that you could use this as a blog piece.

    Thanks for your advice, if any.

    • Carol Tice

      Dunno…what’s your contract say? If you don’t have one, you’re in a big legal gray area and would probably have to sue if you wanted some additional publication rights to the piece. Or you could take the POV that THEY don’t have any rights, reprint it on a contract that pays you, and let them sue you.

      If you have a contract, you have the rights it specifies.

  3. Josh Sarz

    Got lots of goals Carol. Mostly with my big project, but it’s going to take a lot of time to do everything. And doing all of them while my blog is in “construction” mode. 🙂

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