In other words, without a goal you can’t accomplish your desired objective or reach your destination. So…
What are the goals for your published book?
For some, having a book in print is a writer’s ultimate goal.
There’s nothing wrong with that desire. It’s a measurable result and by no means is an easy task. Having a book in print can be a source of pride for one’s entire life and for family for many generations.
This goal requires scheduled promotions, key submission in a timely format, repeated follow up contact, or a laser focus on short term sales over multiple platforms; sometimes all of these items must be performed!
Others have a specific dollar amount of sales or income in mind. That may be a smaller, specific amount, such as a child’s tuition payment, rent, a vacation, or even just enough to pay for a daily coffee where they write.
More driven writers want to earn a full-time career from their work. This will allow a person flexibility in when hours are worked, how many, and which jobs are taken.
After the book is published, each of these additional goals requires keen knowledge on the next step to get to the finish line.
What do you need to reach that final goal? Do you need to elicit the help of a paid marketing? Do you need to spend money on paid advertising? Would hiring a social media expert be useful? Does your book need an updated cover, better webpage, or editorial help?
Do you know your next step?
To help in this journey, several smaller targets may need to be made. Much like writing a book, it’s easier to focus on completing a chapter rather than the entire manuscript.
What are the goals for your writing in the new year? Let me know!
Do you need assistance in reaching those? Contact me for help.
Richard E Todd, author of The Golf Rules series, Short Stories from the Long Links, and other titles has been heard on the PGA Tour radio station and seen in On The Green magazine. Contact him at Richard@AuthorRichardETodd.com and follow him on social media at www.AuthorRichardETodd.com ✍ and www.TheGolfRules.com.⛳