I’m reading a book by this blogger lady, Kristen Lamb, that helps fiction writers, and one of her suggestions is to write down all your goals. You start with your goals six months from now, and work up to your Lifetime Goals. Let’s write ’em down. This will be fun to look back on, provided I am successful. Otherwise, this could be the beginning of my personal trail of tears.
Six Months – August 2015.
1. I’ll still be writing one journal post per day. 2. I will have my first book either published or sold to a publisher. 3. The first book I wrote, “O.K. is Great” has an editor looking at it right now, but if it doesn’t get an offer, I’m putting it out there on my own. Also, “The Axe” should be edited and ready to be pitched to the publishers. 4. My blog will have at least double the amount of followers. I have six right now. COME ON BIG 12! 5. The Brewers will be in first place in the NL Central (that’s just wishful thinking), and I will take my kids to at least one game this year.
One Year – February 2016
1. I will say the word “February” with out always pronouncing the “r”. I like to annoy people by saying FebRRRUUUary. I should stop that. It’s annoying. 2. I will have my fourth book written. I’m not sure which book it will be. It could be O.K. number Three, The Cross Country Running Realistic Fiction I’ve been thinking about, or a sequel to The Axe, but I better have another book written a year from now. 3. I will have sold at least 1,000 copies of O.K. is Great if I self published it. 4. I won’t blog every day anymore, but I will blog three times a week. I want to at least have 24 subscribers to the blog by next year. Exponential growth!
Three Years – February 2018
1. I will have three books for sale, “O.K. is Great”, the sequel “The Beast of Boykinville Road”, and “The Axe”. I will have sold at least 10,000 copies for my books by then. 2. During the summer, I will visit schools and bookstores to promote my books! 3. I will have at least six books written, and at least three for sale. The Cross Country Book will have been written by now. 4. I will maintain the blog with at least one post per week, but I also will be doing at least one video per month on my Tips4Running YouTube channel to strengthen my audience for my realistic fiction Cross Country book. I will have at least 50,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel. The Blog should have 384 subscribers if it continues to double every six months. This post is now turning into a math problem. Yeck!
Five Years – February 2020
1. I will finish the “O.K. series” I plan on writing five books in this series, and by this time, I will be putting out the last in the series. The five books in the series will be titled, “O.K. is Great”, “The Beast of Boykinville Road”, “Money is O.K.”, “O.K. 4.O”, and “The Basketball Book (working title)”. The total number of books sold by now will be over 20,000. 2. One of my books, either “The Axe” or the first “O.K.” book will be picked up by a traditional publisher. 3. I also will be working on the sequel to the Cross Country running book, and it will be about track. 4. The blog will have more than 384 followers. I got tired of doing math and I don’t know where my wife’s calculator is.
Ten Years – February 2030
1. I will be able to decide if I want to keep teaching or not because my books are making enough money to afford me that choice. 2. I will have at least 10 books written by this point and eight of them will be published. 3. I will still have a strong social media presence, but I will be flexible enough and work at least once a week on whatever medium I prefer (blog, YouTube, etc.). 4. I will be a high school coach for either cross country, track, or baseball because my kids will be in one of those sports (That is assuming they like one of these sports). 5. My books will have sold over 100,000 copies all together. 6. I will eat caviar and drink things that require my pinky finger to be extended.
Twenty Years – February 2040
I’ll be 58 years old. I’ll have the financial flexibility due to my book sales plus the money I’ve earned from teaching to decide if I want to retire or not.
Wish me luck!