With each new year comes new beginnings. Most of us make a resolution at New Year’s; but more often than not, we’ve broken them by January 2nd. Sometimes, the problem is that we set goals that are too bulky. So that this does not happen to you, it helps to make sure each goal you set fits the following criteria:

  • Time-stamped: Set timelines and deadlines for each goal.
  • Quantifiable: Make each goal specific and measurable.
  • Achievable: Make sure your goals are realistic. It may help to break up your large long-term goals into smaller short-term ones.
  • Consistent: Set goals that are in alignment with your beliefs and true desires.

 

Writing Goals
When it comes to writing your book, it may help to break the process down into sections so that you don’t get tired or burnt out. Set precise, quantifiable goals for yourself. For example, instead of saying that you’ll write a book this year, plan how much and how often you’ll need to write to achieve that goal. Set a daily writing goal for yourself – whether it be a set number of pages, words or minutes at the keyboard. When you’ve hit that point for the day, you can relax and carry on without feeling guilty for neglecting your project.

Publishing Goals
Getting your book published can often seem like a tall order. To avoid overwhelm, it helps to break down the publishing process into steps. You can hire a consultant to help you through this process, too. A consultant will help you decide if you want to self-publish or go the traditional publishing route. Set specific goals for submissions to agents, publishing houses and editors. Establish a number of houses you want to submit to and be sure to send in those submissions in a timely manner.

Statistics and Platform Goals
You may also want to take some time to think about building your platform this year. Set a weekly, monthly and/or yearly goal for the number of followers you want to gain via Twitter, Facebook and your blog. This will help you build your audience one step at a time. With enough leg work, you may be able to reach thousands or even tens of thousands of people by the end of the year.

Publishing Goals
If your book is already set and ready to go, set a sales goal. Decide how many books you’ll need to sell to feel like it’s all been worthwhile, and then make a plan to achieve that goal. Having a book marketing plan will be the first step in reaching this goal.

No matter what stage of the writing process you’re at, use the new year to set goals to get you to the next step. With motivation and a well-thought plan, you may be surprised at what you can achieve in a year.

About the author

Rachel Rachel Brownlow is founder and CEO of Your Written Word LLC, a ghostwriting company that helps successful and aspiring business leaders take their ideas from conception to publication. She has written, edited, proofread, consulted and/or created publishing proposals for more than a dozen nonfiction books. She also contributes to a variety of magazines and publications, including the Austin Business Journal, Austin Monthly, NSIDE Magazine and Georgetown View Magazine. You can find more of her work at rachelbrownlow.com/portfolio.