Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Onward!

Bring us your insecure, your tired, your brain-dead huddled masses!

It's time for a fresh installment of IWSG - the Insecure Writers Support Group, hosted by Alex and his lovely co hosts, Tyrean and Jamie!

Dear Friends As Insecure As Me,
For this month's session, I am organizing my goals for the year, as many of you may already have done...And putting these goals in a post makes them concrete, makes me more accountable to do them, and scares the crap out of me! I'll start with the easy ones...
  • Cut back on blogging to M, W, F - just one less day - and sign up for fewer blogfests (probably 1-2 a month). I love blogfests, but I have to cut back. I need more time for the following...
  • Spruce up Pop Travel - I am now in the hands of professionals and this is comforting. They will recommend edits, create a professional cover, and advise...I have no problem following directions!
  • Finish editing Broken Branch Falls and call on CPs (need to give myself a deadline or it will go on forever)
  • Read & review at least one book a month (please don't laugh! I'm so slow!)
  • This is the scary part! Plan a promotional attack for the release of Pop Travel... I have bigger plans than my wallet and courage can probably handle...
Here is where I reach out to you all - If you have recently published or are about to publish a book, I would like to do a joint book reading/signing engagement in your neck of the woods. What do you think about getting several of us together in a central location for a nice weekend event! If you are interested, email me (taratylertalks ala gmail point com) or say so with your email and location in the comments. 
As for daily, personal goals...
  • work on patience
  • slow down
  • be a better example
And finally, Sensational Haiku Wednesday fits perfectly as we look Onward!

Possibilities
Bright future ahead, hopeful
Opportunities

Don't wait for the knock
Open the door and go get!
Golden rings to take!

Bad year left behind?
Or a good year overall?
Make this one better!

51 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Good luck meeting your goals! :D

Rebecca Taylor said...

Such wonderful goals...all of them. You can do it! The publicity one sounds interesting, and surely time consuming. Not yet sure what I will be doing about that!

Miranda Hardy said...

Great goals for the year. I'm sure you'll do well.

Misha Gericke said...

Those are some amazing goals. Good luck!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Go for it, Tara! Love the new header! :)

Sheila Siler said...

Good luck!

Fida I said...

Happy New Year!! (-: One of my goals, read the blogs I have seemed to abandon (I didn't mean to) :P

Dana said...

Good luck with your goals, Tara.

I love that second Haiku!

Heather Gardner said...

Sounds like you have a solid plan.
Stick to it!
You'll be fine!

This is supposed to be the fun part!

Smile!

Heather

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Hmm...advice. Honestly, I think I was taking notes form your post! I did buy a few ads with Digital Book Today. They were affordable and seemed to give my sales a boost.

Julie Luek said...

Congratulations on the upcoming book release and promotion. How exciting! I too am going to back off the blogging just a little-- it can take up a lot of time and focus.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Follow directions - it's much easier.
Not on Facebook, but I do have a Goodreads author page.
Be happy to help with any promoting I can for you.
Don't forget to breathe!

Tonja said...

I love the butterfly picture. I will definitely join you in the book signing when I get mine done. Hopefully you'll still be doing it by then. As my local writing friends get published, I'll send them your way That's a wonderful idea.

VikLit said...

Great goals, good luck with them. What an exciting year for you!

J. A. Bennett said...

I'm here to help with whatever you need for blog tour, you wonderful goals and I have no doubt that you can accomplish them!

Rena said...

I see that you're getting a ton of offers of help, but I'm going to throw mine out there as well. I read! I don't have a big following, but I can blog! Anything you think would help, drop me a line and I'll help make it happen.

Livia Peterson said...

Good luck on reaching your dreams and goals! I'm here for you to help host your blog tour! And I'll definitely "like" you Facebook author page once it's up! You can do it! :)

Jessie Humphries said...

You call that slowing down! For me that would be speeding up. You got so much going on! I will help any way I can.

Julie Flanders said...

Oh, a joint reading/signing sounds amazing! I'd love it if we could set something up around here. Even though the idea of a signing totally terrifies me LOL.

So excited for Pop Travel to come out! I can't wait to read it.

michelle said...

Good Luck Tara! You sound revved up and ready to go! I have NO DOUBT that you can do it!
If you need help with your blog tour hosting, give me a shout!
Love the new header. Love the butterflies too...

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

Here from Alex's blog. Great post and doable resolutions. I could learn a lot from you. Wish I could take you up on the book signing, but am not quite there yet. I'm completing the finishing touches on my novel, before jumping into the dreaded query process. May this be our Lucky 2013 (:.

Love the blog am now following.

Suzanne Furness said...

Good luck with your plans. It sounds like exciting and busy times ahead.

Allison said...

This is a great time to make goals like these. Good luck!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Charity Bradford said...

I'm still so excited about your contract! You'll love working with an editor. Good luck with all your goals.

mshatch said...

love the goals, Tara, and when you get closer to publication let me know; I'd love to do an interview with you :)

Sherry Ellis said...

Love the Haiku!

You have some great goals. Good luck meeting them. I'll have to go check out the business plan. Thanks for sharing!

Candilynn Fite said...

Wow, super excited for you!! You have set some amazing goals for 2013. Good things are headed your way, Tara, I can feel it! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, you have a lot going on! Good luck. I'll look for info on WS4U.

Krista McLaughlin said...

Those are great goals! Good luck with them! :)

Brinda said...

I think you have a good plan with cutting back a little on the blog. You will be BUSY!

Ciara said...

Sounds like you have a great plan.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Slowing down is cutting back to 3 days a week? I used to blog 3 days and it was killing me. One is usually all I can handle. But good on you for being able to.

Christina Lee said...

GO GO GO YOU!!!!! Happy New Year!

damyantiwrites said...

All the best meeting your goals -- and wish you a fruitful new year ;)

Carol L McKenna said...

Wishing you the best with all your goals ~

I recently self published a small haiku poetry book and it is really just to have available to the local poetry groups that I go to and won't mass market ~ maybe when I do a larger book ~ till then I am keeping it simple ~

Love your haiku ~ my favorite is the 2nd one ~

(A Creative Harbor aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)

Annalisa Crawford said...

I love the shape of your goals. Have fun fulfilling them!

Jackie said...

Great lists you have there!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love the Possibilities haiku! And your goals are wonderful and doable. I'm looking forward to reading Pop Travel!!!

Nicki Elson said...

The markeing thing definitely has a way of taking on a life of it's own. A group event would be fun - I'm just not sure if the adult content in my novels would be a good fit though. :/

For some free publicity, consider sending out press releases to your local newspapers - I've found them to be wonderfully supportive. You can do one now to announce that you've signed and another one at release time. And of course you know you have a whole bunch of us in blogworld to help w/ free e-publicity when the time comes. ;)

Neil said...

I had one goal for 2012 - and that was to complete Tin Soldiers - I did it and have been submitting (no joy yet, but I'll keep at it, only tried three agents after all!)So for 2013, start and complete another novel...this time in my own natural style!

Good luck with your goals! All sounds very do-able!

Christine Rains said...

Great goals! You'll do it. 2013 will be your best year yet! :)

Gwen Gardner said...

You're going to do great this year, Tara! your goals are clear and you have lots of help. Of course I want to help with your cover reveal and blog tour!

Love the haiku and the photo - butterflies are a sign of hope, which we should all have!

Jessica Salyer said...

Good luck with your goals!

E. Arroyo said...

Awesome! Don't forget to enjoy the moment. =)

Melissa Bradley said...

Terrific post! I wish you all the best in getting these goals accomplished. Alas, I have not gotten my goals together and really need to do so. :)

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Wow! Sounds like you got it all under control. I can take some notes from you :D

Tara Tyler said...

thanks for all your support! with all you guys behind me, i cant fail!

Suzi said...

Wow. 1-2 blogfests a month. I'm nowhere near that. I'm kinda lazy. If the theme or questions don't come easy, I tend not to do it.

Sounds like you've got all your goals lined up. Good luck!

Diane Riggins said...

Good luck with your goals!

sjp said...

Haha very fitting haikus indeed, good luck with those goals!

Rhonda said...

Your goals sound reasonable to me, but I have never publishe d abook