Hello January! – My Writing and Reading Goals

2019 was full of productivity and small successes. On January 2nd, I sat down to write the first draft of my YA contemporary novel, Because of India. In February, I started my author’s Instagram account (@authorbrandisumey). I started this blog, launched an AuthorTube channel, worked with a manuscript critiquer on my novel, and started querying agents.

As I look back, I’m proud of how far I’ve come as a writer and a person in just one year.

With that said, I have some big plans for 2020 and am so excited to continue this journey with you, friends 🙂

Goodbye December

The biggest thing to happen during the last month of 2019 was that I finally (FINALLY) finished the third draft of Because of India. This was quite a busy semester and it became difficult for me to make writing a priority, but NaNoWriMo turned out to be a tremendous help.

As the semester came to a close, I finished all of my courses strong with a 4.0 for this semester overall. I finally found my passion and what I hope to do as a career (other than being an author).

In May, I had the opportunity to substitute teach in my home school district. At the time, I was still a secondary education major but spent most of my days in the elementary schools due to age differences. Here, I discovered how natural it is for me to work with younger students, something I’d feared when choosing a major.

I LOVED each and every student that walked into my classrooms. I had the opportunity to work with so many different students and spend time with them, even if for only one day.

Going into the fall semester of my junior year, I found myself torn between staying in secondary education or switching my major to elementary eduction. As cliche as it is, I followed my heart and was blessed with a semester full of new coursework, 70 hours of experience in a first grade classroom, and 10 hours of experience in a special education speech classroom.

As previously mentioned, my other responsibilities prevented me from focusing on my novel for the majority of the semester, until NaNoWriMo. Having the writing community behind me encouraged me to hit that 50K goal for my third draft, giving me an enormous head start on finishing it.

On December 14th, I typed the last words of the third draft (HOORAH!).

Then, I took a HUGE leap of faith with this third draft and chose to submit it to a professional manuscript critiquer, prepared to receive a comprehensive list of everything that still needed fixing.

But to my surprise, I received the most incredible response (6 pages of “I love this book”) and I cried for the sake of my fears now being irrelevant. It was exactly what I needed to decide on the next step for my novel: THE QUERY TRENCHES (YAY!).

I spent the last two days of the year querying 15 literary agents and counting. Now, we wait.

Hello January

My Writing Goals

  1. Query more literary agents (wait for response)

  2. Complete half of the first draft of my new WIP (NA paranormal mystery – whatttttt?)

  3. Write one blog post per week (Thursdays)

  4. Post one AuthorTube video per week (Wednesdays)

  5. Be present on Instagram

  6. Build a platform on Twitter (@bfaith640)

My Reading Goals – What I’ll Be Reading

Why I’ll be reading:

  1. I LOVED the Netflix adaptation

  2. I’ve heard the book is different and I’m curious to see how

  3. I want to read more in the genre of my next book

Why I’ll be reading:

  1. I wanted to read it in May (whoops)

  2. I found it on sale!

  3. I love her videos on YouTube and want to see if this book lives up to the hype

Why I’ll be reading:

  1. Also found it on sale!

  2. In my new genre

  3. I remember eyeing it as a teenager. Don’t know why I never picked it up.

Let me know in the comments below If you have goals for 2020! 🙂

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