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January’s always an exciting month. The year’s barely started, and though some of those resolutions have already fallen by the wayside, hope is in the air and those big goals are still intact.
 
Many of us have our calendar year planned out. What we want to produce, what we want to achieve etc.
 
Like most of my writer friends, I have plenty of writing goals and dreams (and some blog-related ones too), but if I could choose only one of them and have it come to pass, it would be to look back on 2010 and say, “That was the year I got an agent and sold Waking up Jack Thunder.
 
Of course, for writers, we haven’t got too much control over the achievement side of things. All we can do is our best. Whether or not that best is good enough is someone else’s decision.
 
Still, it’s fun to daydream. 
 
How about you?
 
What would you like to able to say about 2010?




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karen_w_newton
Jan. 20th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
I think everyone on your FList who is not published is going to have the same wish list: sell that first book! I actually have an agent, but she has had no luck so far; she is currently submitting the 3rd book I have given her and is still trying, so here's hoping that 3rd time is indeed the charm.
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
I shall keep my fingers crossed for you - except when I'm typing, of course, 'cause that would be just silly :)
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jl_johnson
Jan. 20th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
Well, considering it took me about two years to get two stories published (from creation to published), I understand it takes a while for things to come about. I'd be happy if I could say I found an agent this year.
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
I hope you do :)
amysisson
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
I think I would like to be able to say that I've figured out what I want to do with my life.
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Oh I never want to do that. Things would get so predictable, don't you think?
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bogwitch64
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
The publishing thing is a given. What I'd REALLY like to say about 2010 is, "No catastrophic events occurred!"
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Do you mean for you or the world in general?
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martyn44
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
Sell some more short stories. Sell a novel.

Write something good.
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
'Write something good.'

Lol, that should be on all our lists :)
asakiyume
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
I'm very much looking forward to your publishing Jack Thunder--I love its premise.

I'd like to finish turning my pen pal story into a novel this year, but I'm not sure I'll quite manage it. Maybe if I exert myself :-)
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
I don't know about other folks, but I find there comes a point when you can't sleep at night because that unwritten story keeps churning around inside your head. When that happens, it's not so much about exerting yourself as it is about getting the book written so you can have a good night's sleep :)

Of course, by the time that happens there's another idea buzzing around your sub-conscious ;)
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clarionj
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Well, you've made me realize something about my own goals just in the asking because selling my novel wasn't the first thing that came up. When I began writing, it had nothing to do with wanting to sell anything big. After writing the novel, I started thinking more in terms of making money off of writing, selling something so that I might be able to help my daughter with college, but when you asked ... it still didn't come up as priority. That's not to say I don't want to sell the novel, but it's apparently not as high on the list as my poems and stories.

I'd love to see you meet your goal with Waking Up Jack Thunder (love that title)!
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
'...but it's apparently not as high on the list as my poems and stories.'

It's great that you can see that

Speaking for myself, I know it's easy to get caught up in what other people think you should want. Back in the mid 1980s, at the start of my 'wannabe musician' days, I often felt guilty for not wanting to quit work and tour the world/country/local pubs & music venues within easy driving distance like the other guys in the band.

Then I realized it was the actual songwriting and recording part which I enjoyed most, and once that came, I had a lot more fun -though I can't say the same for the poor buggers in the audience ;)
txtriffidranch
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
I know I won't win a Hugo for Greasing the Pan, but I want to say on New Year's Day 2011 that at least I was nominated for one.
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
An excellent goal. I hope you achieve it :)
ex_naomi_ja
Jan. 20th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
"That was the year I sold Wild and tasted solid success as a writer."

Of course, the year is already shaping up well for me writing-wise (and a lot of other people, it seems!), so maybe I should say "that was the year everyone got a piece of their dream."
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
"that was the year everyone got a piece of their dream."

Wouldn't that be grand :)

Thanks for sharing :)
worldmaker_13
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
The last couple of years have left me very unfocused when it comes to writing, so for me, I'd like 2010 to be the year I found my focus and ambition in writing well :-)
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
I hope you find them. If you don't mind me asking, why do you think they became unfocused?
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mongrelheart
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
I'm rootin' for you for Jack Thunder. I wanna read it!

For 2010, I'd like to say it was the year that I got my second story published.
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

As for wanting a second story published, you and me both :)
tangledaxon
Jan. 20th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Same as you. Find the right agent for me and sell Unidentified!
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Hee! In that case, I wish us both luck :)

What's Unidentified about?
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lunalila
Jan. 20th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Ah day dreaming... yes! I'm on the same dream as the lot of writers out there, fighting to get an agent, or land a contract with publishing houses.
Don't know if I'll be able to get it this year, but got two complete novels and I am willing to send them out. Not sure if I'll end up hurt though.
Good luck to everyone in the query process :)
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
If you think they're ready to submit to agents, why not give it a bash?

After all, if you never send them out, they'll never get rejected, but then they'll never get accepted either.

Note the use of 'they'll' as opposed to 'you'll' ;)

Of course, as always with these things, it's entirely up to you, but speaking for myself, I'd want to know. And if they got rejected, I'd figure out how to improve upon them and try again.

Whatever you decide, Anna, I wish you success :)
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jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Great goal, and one that's entirely yours to achieve, too.

I confess to feeling a little jealous of those NANO folks who can write a novel in thirty days and have it polished and pitch-worthy just a few short months later. It took me over a year to write the first draft of my latest WIP, and a full year after that to get it beta-reader ready.

I wish you luck :)
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brian_ohio
Jan. 20th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
You know what I'd like to say about 2010... I'd like to say it was a very odd year. But I can't say that... it's even. Crap!

Actually, I'd just like to move forward in my writing career... in some way.

And I hope it's the year you get an agent and sell Waking up Jack Thunder. I honestly do.
jongibbs
Jan. 20th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Brian :)
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