2016 is a New Year

Where did 2015 go? It seems like we were just ringing in 2015 and I was writing this blog post about 2014! 2015 has been another great year, and 2016 promises to be even better. From writing more novels to agenting out the ones I’ve already finished, I am excited about 2016.

Reflecting on 2015

Making plans for the future is a lot easier when you understand where you’ve been. Here are a few of the milestones I’ve passed in the last year.

  • Writing
    • On Deception, I finished all of the editing and sent it out to literary agents for review.
    • On The Grudge, I outlined and wrote the entire draft and am about halfway through with my edits.
    • On Captured, I plotted, outlined, and wrote the entire draft and have begun my edits.
  • I’ve also learned a great deal about query letters and synopses, as I’ve had to write them for Deception and will soon be writing them for The Grudge.
  • I have found new writing communities online and connected with a lot of great authors both on Litopia and Twitter.
  • I’ve participated in several Twitter pitch contests for manuscripts, including #pitchcb (Curtis Brown literary agency) and #pitmad (Pitch Madness for literary agents from tons of agencies).
  • In my personal life, I got a new job! I’m now a business continuity and disaster recovery planner, which basically means I help them figure out what the worst-case scenarios are and then plan for them. Pretty sweet job for a writer!

Planning for 2016

Like I said, 2016 promises to be a great year, especially for my writing. Here’s what I have planned.

  • I will be finishing the edits for The Grudge somewhere around the middle of the year. I plan to send it out to agents right after that.
  • Captured will also have my first edits done. After that, I will have several beta readers look it over and incorporate their suggestions. By December, the manuscript should be very close to ready for agents.
  • Book #4, which I haven’t decided on a title for yet, is currently churning around in my head. By February, I’m going to start researching and outlining the story. By the end of the year, I hope to have the first draft finished and the edits started.
  • I will continue to participate in Twitter pitch contests and other new ways to interact with agents.
  • And a really cool thing Michael and I are doing this year is going to two writers’ conferences. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to one, but I’m looking forward to these. I will have my query letter professionally edited and have the opportunity to pitch face-to-face with at least two agents!

Busy year! But I’m so excited for what’s to come. With each new adventure, I’m learning more about writing and my process and the larger writing scene! Bring 2016 on!

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