Since I'll be studying for actuarial exams this year, my writing will be curtailed. This coming year, I'll concentrate most of my efforts toward self-promotion. That is, though I won't do as much writing, I'll still reach out and try to get my stuff out there.
- Continue writing in this blog (even more so if I can help it). Of course I will detail all my self-promotion efforts as I go along.
- Explore the online aspiring writers' community.
- Join forums.
- Try out electronic critique groups.
- Learn what other opportunities lie out there.
- Fix Chapter 1 of Escape from the Planet Justice and then...
- Research sci-fi agents and send out query packages.
- Search out a local critique group.
- Look into local writing groups.
- Complete the first 4 chapters 3rd draft of The Silver Lining and then...
- Research Mormon-themed publishers and send query packages. (I consider Chapters 5-14 to be send-able. If time permits, I'll continue the 3rd draft through the end of the book. Also, if I happen to have an agent at the time, I may go through the agent instead of approaching publishers directly.)
- Continue working on short stories and send off to magazines when completed.
- "A Turn-screw tlhImqaH": This story is completed and already appears in the 8th Actuarial Speculative Fiction Collection. It was well received on the foremost actuarial forum. I'm going to try submitting this to a Star Trek audience and see how it's received.
- "Actuarial Weeding": I might as well continue with my plans to enter the 9th Actuarial Speculative Fiction Contest. I have one month to write and submit the story. Perhaps this time I'll win a prize.
- "When Time Flows West": Already completed, I just need to start submitting this story (and build up my rejection letter stack).
- "The Depths of Inner Space": 1st draft complete. After a 3rd draft, I can start submitting it.
- "Descendant History": An idea I hope to pursue this year.
- Other short stories as time permits. I may consider writing a non-sci-fi short story targeted toward a specific publication.
- Attend another writer's conference - especially if a sci-fi agent is in attendance.
- Pursue any other opportunities that arise...