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.”

JANUARY

Continue writing first draft of WIP #3.

FEBRUARY

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

BSH page proofs?

Finish first draft of WIP #3.

MARCH

Start WIP #1 revisions.

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

APRIL

Continue WIP #1 revisions.

MAY

Byberry State Hospital launch!

Develop Goodreads Author account.

Blog contest giveaway! (More on this later…)

JUNE

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?

(Image Credit: National Library of Australia Commons, Flickr Commons)

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