Happy New Year’s Eve. It’s an especially special day at our house since it’s our son’s birthday. He’s twenty. How did that happen? Wasn’t it just yesterday that after 2 1/2 months of bed rest, the doctor sent me to the hospital to be induced. Three hours of pain later, a nurse said, “Maybe you’ll have the first baby of the New Year.” Um, no. It was only 3 in the afternoon. Thankfully, he came at 6 that night.
Besides birthdays, the new year makes me think of achievements of the departing year and goals for the upcoming one. Last year, I didn’t read much for pleasure, but I did a lot of reading through editing. I tried to make this work to the tune of the twelve days of Christmas, but I couldn’t pull it off. In 2021, with my editorial hat on, I read fourteen submissions, rejected eleven, and accepted three. One of the acceptances was a debut author. I did the content edit on four Historical Romances, three Mysteries, two Romantic Suspense Novels, four Contemporary Romances, two Women’s Fiction titles, and 3 Novellas.
I judged one contest, read five entries, & critiqued two winners.
I didn’t read any books just for fun.
As an author, I wrote a proposal for a three-book series and my first ever novella. I revised the proposal and a book I’d written a dozen years ago. I parted ways with my agent because our contract was all-inclusive, meaning I’d have to pay her a percentage for books I write for a company I was part owner of until May. Even though, I sold my shares to have more writing time, I still don’t need an agent to write for the company since my good friend is the owner. I just need more time. I queried three agents. One never responded. One called, said she liked my book, but she’s never taken a short length author to long length, and she focuses on nonfiction. One called, is very interested, and asked for revisions. I’ve almost finished them to send back to her.
Next year, my goals are to sign with the agent I’m in talks with, get my long length and my three-book series contracted, and take on more freelance editing jobs to keep me busy in between writing. I want to read at least a dozen books just for fun. That doesn’t sound like many, but when you’re an author and an editor, it’s a lofty goal. For me anyway.
I also want to write a new book. I got the inspiration for it from watching The Voice. I don’t listen to Country music or secular for that matter. Except when we watch The Voice. We’ve watched the show, along with American Idol from day one. My husband and I are amazed by people who can sing, carry a tune, and have such powerful voices. I love seeing people’s dreams come true. To me, singing competition shows are like trying to get published. So this year, a country song one of The Voice contestants sang inspired a book idea. I’d never heard the song before. I made copious notes and I’m eager to get busy on it as soon as I finish an editing job in January.
So what about you? What are your reading achievements from last year? What are your reading goals for this year? Or any achievements and goals you’d like to share. I’m giving away winner’s choice from two of my titles, Winning over the Cowboy or The Cowboy’s Missing Memory. Deadline Jan 7, 2022. Happy New Year and I hope you meet all your reading goals and discover fabulous new or new-to-you authors.