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What Are Your Goals for This Month? (Pub Subber)

What Are Your Goals for This Month (Pub Sub) by Joan Y. Edwards
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It’s good to write down your goals for this month. Next month, you can see how well you did. If you didn’t reach them, you can move them to the next month. This will help you be accountable for working toward your goals. Choose at least 3 goals. The power of 3 will keep you going.

Here are 19 possible goals for writers. Perhaps some of these goals are the same as your goals. You can copy and paste this page. Then delete the ones you don’t plan to do this month. You can add specifics beside a goal. For instance, you can put the titles of the 3 books you plan to read. You can put the subject for your blog post. Are there goals you think I should have listed for writers? Leave them in a comment below.

  1. Read 3 books in your genre.
  2. Read 1 book to help with the craft of writing and/or marketing.
  3. Research possible markets for your manuscript.
  4. Write a blog post.
  5. Write a new story.
  6. Revise manuscript.
  7. Critique a manuscript.
  8. Get your manuscript critiqued.
  9. Write a query letter.
  10. Writer a cover letter.
  11. Write a proposal.
  12. Write a pitch/summary/synopsis for your manuscript.
  13. Enter a contest.
  14. Submit manuscript to an editor.
  15. Submit manuscript to an agent.
  16. Attend an online workshop.
  17. Attend a workshop in person.
  18. Attend an online conference.
  19. Attend a conference in person.

For Step-by-Step Directions to get your submissions polished and ready to submit, look at the following links:

Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Submit your manuscript on or before the Third Friday (September 21, 2012)
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6 Responses

  1. Joan,
    I just wrote a note to a friend and mentioned that writing down goals makes us accountable. I also mentioned that that may be why To Do Lists are so popular. I’ve also heard that if you want to accomplish something, you should talk about it to friends who will keep asking how it’s going. So spoken and written goal setting is important. Thanks for helping keep us on our toes.


  2. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for writing. I agree. I believe that writing down the goals helps make us accountable. We can see it. Many of us do a lot of goal setting in our minds. That works really well. However, writing it down and putting a date when you wrote it, is proof. It backs you up. You’re right, telling your friends what you are going to do is another way of putting your goals out there where others can encourage you along the way.

    You are an inspiration, Linda. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards


  3. My goal. Submit German translation of my novel to my agent. I’ve given myself 4 days to finish proofreading it. Which I should be doing instead of reading your blog. So I’ll write it on sticky note and put it on my computer:) Back to work for me…

    Lists are great motivators.


    • Dear Kirstina,
      Whoa! I am impressed that you can write in German and in English. I am very proud of you. I hope you check back here when you’ve completed your goal and finished proofreading the German translation! 4 Days. You can do it! Go, Kristina, go. The flags are waving. The people are cheering here and in Germany! Yee Haw for you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


      • You are so nice to me. I have to confess I didn’t do the translating. I had a translator do that work. I’m just doing the final proof read before I send it off. Glad that people are cheering 🙂 and flags are waving!


        • Dear Kristina,
          I like being nice to you. You deserve “niceness.” You must be able to read and write a little German to be able to proof it. Any how, you know what you’re doing! So do your thing, Kristina. We’re still cheering for you. It’s raining here now. So they are waving their umbrellas! Go, Kristina, go.

          Never Give Up
          Joan Y. Edwards


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