Last time I updated the blog, I shared a little bit about my income and progress in my writing career. 2016 was a game-changing year for me, allowing me to leave behind any doubts about being a "wannabe" writer. I was published in Glamour and Women's Health back-to-back. I had two essays published with The Washington Post, one even went viral. An essay accepted by the now-defunct content mill known as The Mix made it on the websites of Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook Magazine. I wrote over 100 essays and articles. I exceeded my goals.
So this year, I want to push myself. I'm making big goals, and I intend to chase them relentlessly. You can feel free to hold me accountable and check in on my progress if you feel so inclined.
- Earn $50,000 freelancing. This is a big jump, more than doubling my income from this last year of freelancing. I originally had planned for $40,000 but I want to dream bigger and really push myself. Even if I don't hit the big goal, striving toward it will not be something I'll regret.
- Be published in a literary journal. My career this year needs to include some more aggressive goals for my fiction, so I am going to start submitting to literary journals with the same sort of focus I devoted to freelancing last year.
- Finish my novel in time for #pitmad. I want 2017 to be the year I query agents for my novel, but first, I need to finish that damn novel.
- Work set hours each week. Though one of the huge perks of freelancing is its flexibility, I often don't treat it with the respect it deserves as my career. So this year I am setting aside 10 hours a week that my family can respect as "closed door" working hours.
- 4 print bylines. After Glamour and Women's Health last year, I'd like to double down and see my name in print four times this year. There are plenty I want to break into, but I definitely have my eye on Elle, Self, Good Housekeeping, and Cosmopolitan this year. Cross your fingers and toes for me.
- 4 dream publications. Online, I'm aiming for the New York Times, The Guardian, Vox, and The Atlantic. Let's do this.
- 100 Rejections. This year I want to track my acceptances and rejections, with the specific goal of tallying up 100 rejections by the end of the year. If I get that many "no's" and still keep trucking, I'll know I'm exactly the kind of thick-skinned writer I always fancied myself to be. (And lucky me, I'm well on my way. Despite January 1st being both a weekend AND a holiday, a kindly editor decided to grace my inbox with an 8 a.m. New Year's Day rejection. I'll take that as a nice gesture from the universe helping me achieve my goals.)
Here's to 2017. May it be filled with rejection and success.
Do you have any 2017 goals? Share them with me. I love to feel inspired.