Saturday, January 5, 2019

Nine Goals for 2019

Last week we looked at how I did on my 2018 goals. This week I'm sharing the goals I want to accomplish in this new year. And I'm probably going to need your help staying accountable! (Plus, there's a giveaway stuffed in here.)

Read the Bible differently

Is that vague enough for you? I'm bad about reading bits of the Bible and only out of my favorite NKJV copy I got when I was five. This year I want to shake it up. So I'm using a Bible Gateway plan on my phone to read through the ESV Bible chronologically in a year. It's been a while since I read through the Bible in a year, and I'm hoping that by approaching it differently, I'll have new takeaways.

Develop a morning routine

Starting with my Bible reading will be part of my morning routine. But I'm also hoping to get into the habit of reading a little of my current non-fiction read, making a to-do list for the day ... things like that. We'll see what works! (I already know that journaling doesn't work.) But it's been a while since I've had a true morning regimen that helped me get ready for my day. I work enough that this should get me out of bed earlier out of necessity.

Prioritize my editing

I've talked about this before. This year I want my editing business to be more than just a side job. (Let's face it--it will still be a side job.) But I want to prioritize it more instead of always fitting it in after 8 pm. I already have 16 manuscripts booked for the year and I tweaked my pricing some, so I think it will be inevitable that I prioritize this more. I've also joined Reveries Co. which you can find out more about at the end of this post. Maybe by next year I can phase out babysitting and go full time?? :D

Develop a street team

Work has already begun on this front! I'm calling the members of my street team Resonators, thanks to . I've already got a Facebook group going (where the real fun happens) and a Resonators-only newsletter underway that will be going out monthly. Be sure to sign up if you're interested!! It'll mostly be fangirling and you learning about what I'm doing first. In return, you get to be my go-to peeps for release hype.

Find an agent

Obviously, this one is a little optimistic since Behind the Act still needs a little editing before I query it more. BUT. I do intend to query it this year. And pitch it at the OCW conference in August. So wish me luck with all of that! Getting an agent (or better yet a contract!) is up there on my dream list! I'm really at peace whatever happens, though, because I really do think I'll get there eventually.

Publish Martin Crossroads

I will cry if this doesn't happen this year. This will happen! Probably not until fall. But I just finished the first draft on New Year's Eve, so I'm feeling much more optimistic about the progress ... even though it still needs a lot of rewrites. ;) It will be so nice to have this over with.

Get published elsewhere

Other than self-publication, I'd love to get published in a magazine or something ... Havok is somewhere I'll continue to submit to. (I got my first rejection--yay!) It'd just be nice to gather a few more accolades like this, especially as I try to get an agent. :)

Read 24 books for me

I have so many editing projects on the horizon, it's hard to even think about reading books besides those. But I'm determined to! While I'd ultimately like to read 30 books just for myself ... I think I'd better go for 24. Two a month should be doable and keep me reading. I've got a TBR a mile long this year so I honestly have no idea what I'll even end up getting to!

Pinpoint my health

One of the initiatives I've finally taken this year is to figure out what works for me, not just in my writing and morning routine, but also in my health. My wrist has bothered me for a while, but it's getting better thanks to supplements. So I've actually started a second Instagram account to chronicle my trying to figure out what can better help me overall as I try to pursue my writing and editing more this year!

More on that next week. ;)
Remember how I said I'd give you more Reveries Co info? Kellyn is hosting the blog tour right now on her blog. And we’re giving away 30+ books—a combination of ebooks and paperbacks, genres and subgenres—to one lucky winner! You can enter HERE.

What are some of your goals for 2019? Maybe we can help each other keep up. ;) Which one of my goals excites you the most??


  1. Exciting stuff, Abi!! I definitely need to look into your editing business this year for my 4th draft revisions of Faithless - I miss your feedback! :)

    1. Aww, I miss working with you too!! I was just telling someone about The Sorceress and the Squid the other day and got all nostalgic haha <3

  2. Woohoo, go Abi! You can conquer these goals. I'm so excited to see what you'll do this year! <3

  3. Yes, these are awesome goals, Abi!! ✌️ I so hope to get to purchase a copy of Martin Crossroads this year, as I totally LOOVED Martin Hospitality. 💖💖

    I love being part of your street team! I go by a different name in that group (as I have a lot of different names for my different social medias and such), but I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you a little bit better via our email and Facebook conversations this past year. <3 (i was the one who emailed you and asked those questions for my writing project about the publishing industry).

    1. Eep, thanks!! It's so crazy to think it will be available by the end of the year, Lord willing.

      I've loved having you, too! Having lovely people like you to connect with is what makes it all worth it to me. :)

  4. This year I'm trying to set a morning routine as well! I haven't had one, and I feel like having a routine in place is going to help me SO MUCH in getting my day kick-started.

    I'm looking forward to reading Martin Crossroads!!
    Happy New Year!

    1. I can't believe how much it's helped me so far, and I'm still not very consistent! I hope you find the same.

      Hehe, thanks. <3

  5. These are amazing goals!

    I really like the accessibility of the Bible Gateway reading plans. It's awesome that you're doing one! I'm doing the Chapter a Day- Read the Bible in Three Years plan. I like it a lot, though it can be tough to switch around from Old to New Testaments.

    Also, creating morning routines are awesome!! I'm working on bettering my routine and I'm already seeing some improvements in my all-day energy. I'm enjoying that.

    I hope you're able to accomplish all of your goals or at least come close!! Here's to a great year for you!

    1. Thanks so much.

      Yes, I'm getting better about being OK with reading the Bible electronically, reading other versions, etc, and finding what works for me. :P

      SAME with the morning routine!! Slowly getting there. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

  6. morning routine. YES. I've been working on this lol

    1. I feel like everyone needs this (and I've know that for forever), but I'm just finally making myself. I'm grateful for what I manage so far. But still got a ways to go ;P


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