My 2013 Business Plan

I’ve decided to take Marissa Meyers advice and create a business plan for my writing. As she explains, “A business plan is like a roadmap that will give you an at-a-glance picture of your goals and priorities. It helps you focus and challenge yourself, and it will let you know when you’re falling behind.” Specifically, she recommends that you set for yourself writing goals, promotional goals, professional development goals, and reading goals.

  1. Keep track of my weekly writing schedule, in the form of Excel spreadsheets, so I can understand when, where, and how I write the best.
  2. Hold myself accountable to a regular writing regiment.
  3. Blog regularly, twice a week.
  4. Restart So, You Want to Work in Publishing guest blog series.
  5. Launch and promote Byberry State Hospital.
  6. Finish first draft of WIP #3.
  7. Using critique partner suggestions, do major rewrite/revision/overhaul of WIP #1.
  8. Query agents with reworked and more awesome version of WIP #1.
  9. Review and begin revisions on WIP #3.
  10. Read 60 books, focusing upon historical fiction and YA titles. At least 6 must be writing craft books, to learn more about writing. Start with Hooked by Les Edgerton and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.

Now that I have my list of overall goals, I have to “break it down” by organizing it into an actual plan, complete with “deadlines and monthly goals.”


Continue writing first draft of WIP #3.


Re-launch So, You Want to Work in Publishing blog series.

BSH page proofs?

Finish first draft of WIP #3.


Start WIP #1 revisions.

Write article for Bloomsburg University Honors Program newsletter about the research process and BSH.


Continue WIP #1 revisions.


Byberry State Hospital launch!

Develop Goodreads Author account.

Blog contest giveaway! (More on this later…)


Finish WIP #1 revisions.

Begin querying agents with WIP #1.

Author Jessica Spotswood also outlined her 2013 Business Plan, if you care to take a look. What does yours look like?

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Introducing the Rejected Page

In the interest of compiling all my submission records (Submittable and Duotrope) into one, organized location rather than expecting readers to dig through the archives of posts to find out who, when, and where I’ve submitted and what the submission response time was, I present to you a Rejected list. Similar in structure to Court Merrigan’s Failure Page, it’s intended to expose you to lovely literary journals you might never have heard of before and to give you a general idea, as this blog originally intended, of how long you can expect to wait before receiving a rejection or acceptance letter. So instead of sporadically forcing a Slow Sunday blog post upon you, you can check the list whenever the fancy strikes. Also you can check out my published page to learn about other great journals and magazines!

Does this format work for you, or is there valuable missing information you’d like me to include? I’m open to suggestions :]