Hello readers and writers! We hope you had a very restful and uneventful holiday break. We really needed that week of sleeping in, ignoring to-do lists, and not feeling bad about it. But 2022 is looking pretty exciting. Last year was really a moment where we looked at what we could control and what we couldn’t; we’re using 2022 to take some risks and elevate our dreams.
Enter this list of 2022 goals. Now, everyone has their own feelings about goals. Travis is not a goal-lister while Whitney is a goal-lister who forgets where she put the list. So we’ve cheated a bit by adding things that we’ve already decided on and are already working on; they’re a bit inevitable. Also, we’re not featuring any personal life goals here; we’ve been wanting to move for a while so if that happens, we’d happily chuck some other goals to make room for this dream.
Read on to learn about each of these goals in further detail.
Add More Products to @YassStitch
So last year’s goal was to start an Etsy shop called YassStitch. I create custom samplers for readers and authors and anyone in between. I haven’t done a lot with the shop because *gestures to balancing two part-time jobs for half a year.* So this year, I plan on giving more love to my shop so more people find me and put in orders. You can follow along on Facebook or Instagram if you want!
Edit & Publish The Throwaway Queen
Ah yes, the third book. I’ve been working on and off on this manuscript and it’s coming out this year! Last year, I picked up a lot more editing work at New Degree Press (read here for that update), so I was working on everyone else’s books except my own. This year is really about putting aside past excuses about not having enough time or energy to be an author. I want to publish The Throwaway Queen this summer if possible!
Run a Booth @ FanX
Now this is actually going to happen! I applied and they accepted me, so I will have a booth at SLC’s FanX in September. Ideally, you’ll be able to find me and my three books! I’ve never done something this huge to reach out to readers in public so I’m nervous and excited. I hope to meet fans new and old. I’d love to see YOU there! Ideally, it’d be cool to sell enough books to break even on booth costs.
Start a Bookish Advice Column
We’ll see how things go with this goal. I’m always thinking of ways to establish ourselves as experts in this industry. And let’s be honest, I love when people ask me questions because I do have thoughts and opinions I’d like to share, y’know? Instead of shying away from that, I’d like to set up a bookish advice column where I answer submitted questions about all things books–buying, selling, editing, writing, etc. I just barely announced this idea, so I haven’t done much yet. I don’t even know if it’ll be a podcast, video series on social media, or a column here on the website. I’d absolutely love to hear your thoughts, though! You can comment on this post or send us an email. You can also begin sending in your questions.
Set Up an Author Part-Time Schedule
I’ve already eluded to my work situation but here’s the full explanation. So for a while, I was working part-time at Boostability and New Degree Press. I wasn’t getting enough hours at NDP at the time, so I decided to keep both jobs until January where I’ll finally move on from Boostability. This means I’ll work part-time for NDP and work the other half for myself. More time for freelance editing, which gets better and better each year. I’ll have more time to write (I want to write at a local coffee shop on Wednesdays to keep me accountable and sane). I’ll have more time to stitch! There’s no way I’m slowing down but I’m looking forward to releasing books more frequently. Publishing every other year already sounds pretty great.
There you have it! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. Thank you for following along and always being so supportive!