By Maria Ferrer
The first, of course, is a no brainer--to write.
But, I need to be more specific in setting my goals this year, give myself a deadline, and I need to make my goals “bite size” so they are easy to accomplish. I want more than just to write. I want to finish my projects in progress, and I want to submit them to publishers to reach the ultimate goal of publication.
So my career goals for 2010 are simple: write, finish, submit, quarterly. Short, sweet and to the point, with a deadline and very manageable.
And for inspiration, I will look to our chapter members who have set wonderful examples this past year. Like Pat Mihailoff, who always inspires with her success and her words of wisdom. Like Jeanine McAdam, who set a goal of writing a confession every month and submitting it. Her commitment to her writing resulted in numerous publications. Like Leanna Hieber, who turned into a publicity powerhouse with the debut of her first paper book. Like Elizabeth Mahon, whose “sensual” blog has sold and become a non-fiction book. Like Lis Eng, whose book will be coming out in the New Year and who already has her blog at the ready. Like Jerrica Knight-Catana, who had not one but two great productions this year – a book and a baby. Like Ed Rand, who started writing late in life but with gusto. Like Thea Devine, Dee Davis, Wendy Corsi Staub and Isabo Kelly who are still writing and publishing after 10 years.
In fact, all our members inspire me with their dedication, their commitment, their submissions, and their continued success. I would like to list all of them, but I’d have to include the whole member roster here. (Please consider Yourself included, even if I haven’t mentioned You by name. I was thinking of you. I was.)
So, as you set your career goals for 2010, remember to keep them simple, to make them easy to accomplish, and if you need inspiration just look towards the many members of RWA/NYC who have set great examples and make good mentors.
I look forward to seeing you all at our next Chapter Meeting on Saturday, January 9th, at noon at TRS. Our meeting will be about Setting Our Career Goals for 2010. Plus, there will be a Time Capsule Ceremony. Every member will be encouraged to submit a goal into the time capsule, which will be sealed and opened in November. It will be fun to see how many of us will have met our goals by then.
Join us on January 9th. Until then, Happy Writing and Happy New Year.
P.S., Do let us know which RWA/NYC member(s) inspire you the most.