It’s time for the annual review, a tradition going back to at least 2013 (And that was 2013!). I set out some broad goals back in January (see Targets for 2014) and looked at progress in June (see June 2014, another stock take).
In summary (but see the detail) a mixed bag with more focus on fiction than I had expected this time last year. I am also much cleared on the direction I will be taking in 2015.
The following table is from the June stocktake (thought re-arranged with extra columns):
|Events||2||1||Loncon3 was good for networking and also helped me focus on a direction for 2015|
|eBooks||6||4||I published three fiction titles (Golden Daemon, Oxford Occultist, Three Drops in Time) and one non-fiction (Opening the Creativity Diamond)|
|New publications||4||1||I produced a couple of reviews for Cultbox|
|Articles||4||0||No new articles in new titles (though several in Starburst)|
|Competitions||6||3||Only entered in the first half of the year|
|Short Stories||10||8||Mostly in my self-published / competition pieces|
|Final Draft||1||0||Have edited 3/4 of The Third Door|
|NaNoWriMo||60k||60k||I have most of the first draft of Jezero Station|
And let us not forget Starburst:
|Published in magazine||6||11|
|Published on website||50||94|
Clearly I set too many targets, smashed some and didn’t make others. Overall I am pleased and you can see where I changed tack mid-year, focussing on fewer things. I also learned that being a self-published indie author needs a lot more effort than I imagined to promote your work. There are things I need to do better but it could be a lot worse.
How was 2014 for you? Let me know!