Friday, February 24, 2017

What Did You Do This Week, Gail? Feb. 20 Editon

Goal 1. Adhere to Goals and Objectives. The time frame objective is working pretty well, so far. I've flailed around a bit with the weekly check of goals recently (like this one). And I've given up on the timekeeping app.

Goal 2. Generate New Work Through End Of April--Adult Novels I have continued to work on the second objective. Interesting thing happened. I have the project I'm working on now sort of outlined, at least in terms of a list of chapters. I started Chapter 2 quite some time ago and have been struggling to make it work. It's not working because it's just chatting narrative. There's no scene. So I've finally decided I have to merge it with Chapter 3. My question much good did having that second chapter planned? Of course, you could argue that I hadn't planned it well enough, and that's why I've been spinning my heels. More planning!

Goal 4. Make More Than 33 (last year's number) Submissions Of  Completed Work Throughout The Year. Most importantly, I made my first submission of the year. Only 32 left to go! I've also been working on the first objective, the publishers I'm sending the picture book manuscript to. I finished going through three months of Publisher's Marketplace Deals that had piled up in my in-box. (Another objective.) I've also started looking for agents to submit the completed adult book to (Goal 2, Objective 1) And I've been working on query letters, which wasn't an objective but still has to be done. I've downloaded some spreadsheets for keeping track of submissions. Getting material from my old, somewhat chaotic system to this presumably better system could end up being more work than it's worth. Also, no matter how careful I am about organizing things, I always lose something.

Goal 6.  Support And Promote Diverse Literature, Diverse Culture  Did a blog post on When the Moon Was Ours and promoted it (see Goal 7. Hmm. We're talking a multiplier here.) The same for Door at the Crossroads.   Then I only managed a few other diversity related tweets:

3 more days to enter to win Fancy Party Gowns. Follow link & comment at blog post

Everyone should know about these amazing women!

Pragmatic Mom:   Book Review: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore via

Goal 7. Community Building/General Marketing/Branding

Door at the Crossroads post. Promoted to Google+, a Facebook community, Twitter, and Goodreads
Time Management Tuesday post. Promoted to Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.
When the Moon Was Ours post. Promoted to Google+, a Facebook community, Twitter, and Goodreads.
CCLC update.
Finished October Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar & sent it on to Computer Guy for the newsletter edition.
Checked out the NESCBWI Conference.

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