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Happy New Year 2014!
Things have changed so much for me, and I'm utterly grateful for the life I lead now. I don't take any of this for granted. I am a creative entrepreneur, writing, speaking and creating for my living. Happy times! I hope that you're feeling just as positive for 2014.
Here are my creative and writing goals for this year – I'd love you to share some of yours in the comments below.
(1) Stick with Plan A: Write more books and attract more readers
This is what's on my creative list for the year, although I'm not entirely sure of the order or how much I can realistically achieve 🙂
- Publish non-fiction book on public speaking. It is in the final stages of proof-reading and will be out in Jan.
- Delirium, crime thriller, next in the Jamie Brooke series. Sequel to Desecration.
- ARKANE full-length novel #4 – themed around Kabbalah mysticism and Spain
- Stand-alone crime thriller set around UK pilgrimage sites .. composting ideas right now, this may be epic …
- Stand-alone thriller featuring O, a character from Desecration. Perhaps a novella.
- Non-fiction book on creative entrepreneurship to underpin the new direction of the blog and also support my professional speaking
- Screenplay for Desecration … this is a whole new direction but I can't get the idea out of my head
- Post-apocalyptic novella … composting ideas … and I have this idea for a technothriller too
This goal includes assumes all the publishing and marketing aspects of publishing these books, which I basically count as ‘business as usual' work these days. This list is definitely too long for one year, but you gotta aim high, right!
I'm also assuming that I can speed up my process, and I'll be trying the ‘beats' writing technique outlined in Truant & Platt's Write, Publish, Repeat – a great book I recommend for all authors.
(2) Exploit more rights and focus on global territories
- Focus on translation. In 2014, I will have Pentecost out in German, Spanish and Italian through joint venture deals with independent translators. I am also looking to work with foreign rights agents and other translation professionals to expand the number of books available in other languages. Please do Contact me if you're interested in working with me on further translations.
- Focus on specific foreign markets – India and Germany, Spanish for USA and other territories.
- Produce my own audio of One Day In Budapest – podcast this for free as lead-in to the Audible audiobooks
- Look at audio options for Jamie Brooke series. Potentially sell audio rights for Desecration, or produce through ACX and read it myself.
(3) Professional speaking
- Move my professional speaking to the next level – in terms of income, audience size and topics covered. I am now a Member of the Professional Speaking Association (PSA) UK so I will be developing more in 2014.
- Speak more internationally. Yes, I can speak all over the world! Please check out my speaking page if you know of any opportunities.
(4) Focus more on creative entrepreneurship on the blog, podcast and YouTube channel
As per the article on my 5th blog anniversary, I have shifted focus to being more of a graduate program in creative entrepreneurship. I'll be continuing to share my journey with:
- Blog post every 3 days
- The Creative Penn Podcast every 2 weeks
- YouTube videos sporadically but at least every 2 weeks
- Useful links on twitter daily, and you can find all my other social connections on the sidebar right
- Plus, more creative collaborations of all kinds … for example, if you like thrillers, watch out for The Twelve …
(5) Travel junkie
Yes, I had two weeks cycling through India in 2013 – woohoo! But I want more 🙂 I added a travel goal halfway through 2013, so I thought I'd just get it out there. I ALWAYS want to travel!
Part of the reason I write is to dive down the rabbit hole of research, and my research involves visiting the places I write about, which in 2014 will include a little jaunt to Cordoba and Granada in Spain.
My brother is getting married in Toronto, so I'll be in Canada, and also hopefully NYC for Thrillerfest, but that is tentative at the moment. I'd love to visit somewhere new in the latter half of 2014, ideas to come on that … and of course, I want to speak internationally, see above.
OK, that's me. Please share your creative and writing goals for 2014 in the comments below. I'd love for us to be accountable together.