A year ago, 2010 started well, writing-wise. I had a book contract in hand. Sadly, by the time the year ended, said contract had been cancelled. Yes, they can do that. With that layered on top of a whole bunch of other frustrations and disappointments, 2010 turned out to be a not-so-great year for me.
On the other hand, everyone else in my family is doing quite well. Given how much they all depend on me to make life as they know it possible, I get some credit for that, right? Yes I do. And no, it doesn’t make me feel any better.
So, a new plan of attack is in order, in the form of three resolutions.
- Identify ten potential publishers for the already-written book and submit the manuscript to all of them.
- The editor who cancelled the book expressed interest in a similar-but-completely-different book that I could conceivably write and suggested I send her some sample chapters. So I will do that.
- A third, unrelated book idea is percolating in my brain. I will develop the idea into a proposal and submit it to ten prospective publishers.
I might add a fourth, multi-purpose resolution: only set goals that are within my control. My unmet goals last year depended on the cooperation of other people, and people are notoriously uncooperative. None of my resolutions require that I actually get a book contract, only that I take the steps necessary to get one. And last year’s unmet goals can just shove off. I don’t need that kind of aggravation.