Writing Plans for 2015

Next year will be my first year of being a ‘real’ author. This year was about embracing my writer identity, pushing my own creative limits, and above all else about my mental & emotional wellness.

Next year is about the beginning of a new career.

Now, I know things will change. They always do. My plans will adapt, but I firmly believe in having goals, having a plan, and adapting as I go.

Last week, my aim was to get my business plan done. It’s pretty much complete, but it has a few gaps which I’ll fill in over the next couple of weeks. I also wrote up a production schedule for 2015.

After all, I am a business.

Blogging

My blogging schedule will change next year. I’ll be doing two posts a week on here for writers & creatives, and one on my author website for my readers.

On this blog, my weekly posts will be:

  • a reflection of the week
  • a post for writers – mostly about the writing business, or something I’ve learnt

On my author blog, I’m aiming for one post every 1-2 weeks, which will centre around my fiction.

Fiction Writing

I’m aiming to put out 3 chapter books (two of which are already written), and 2 picture books. They’ll probably be wordless as I really enjoyed that form of storytelling. This is about the number I’m hoping to produce every year.

I’m also intending to put out an anthology with children’s work in it. I do need to do some more research on this, but if all goes well it’ll become an annual project.

Painting

I only ended up doing a couple of stand-alone works this year but I’m aiming to have a collection by this time next year so I can start doing regular painting exhibition as well. Regular meaning every 1-2 years, probably.

5 thoughts on “Writing Plans for 2015

    1. Well done! In case it interests you, I’ve done a full business plan under the following structure:

      Vision & Mission
      -Lifetime goal
      -Why I’m doing what I’m doing
      Structure
      -Roles I’m covering
      -Roles I’m outsourcing
      -Legal description i.e. sole proprietor etc.
      Five Year Goal
      -Year by year brief summary of milestones / goals
      Core Market
      -Genre
      -Target Group
      Market Analysis
      -Children’s book market
      -eBook market
      -Genre market
      Competitor Analysis
      -Success stories & why they’re successful / what they do
      Marketing
      -Promotions
      -Distribution
      -Brand & discoverability
      Strengths
      -Skills
      -Personal Qualities
      Obstacles
      -What they are & how I’ll deal with them
      Operations
      -Daily tasks that need to happen
      -Key milestones for the year
      Income & Expenses
      -(Hard to do at this point but overview of what expenses are, and maybe instead of projected income, the income needed to meet the expenses)

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  1. They sound like very good plans to me 🙂 Hope it all goes well! Flexibility is the key, I think, but also having those more solid long term goals. Here’s to a kick ass 2015!!

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