Yesterday I took a brief look at my 2019. Today I want to look ahead to 2020 (and no, I’m not going to be making silly jokes about 2020 vision).
My streams of work are broadly split along the lines of writing and publishing, and creative writing teaching.
For 2020 I will continue working on those two aspects of my business, whilst looking at developing a third: public speaking.
Having said that, I am already making changes within those first two streams.
This year I will be placing much more emphasis on my MJ Jackson persona, that mysterious other half of my personality that writes romance books.
I know, I said in a post earlier this year that I was going to stop writing the romance books, but romance seems to be where the money is at the moment. And I can’t live on dreams alone.
The plan is to publish a romance novel every month for 2020. That sounds very ambitious, but six of them are already written, so that just leaves me six more to write. Six novels in a year is still wildly ambitious, but if I put my ass in the chair and fingers to the keyboard often enough I should be able to do it. Looking back to last year, I wrote two romance novels for My Weekly back to back in the space of around two months, so I know it is possible.
That’s not to say I’m giving up on Joe Coffin. A priority for me at the beginning of this year is to finish Season Five and get it out there. I know some readers are already getting twitchy waiting for Joe’s return.
I’m also looking at the possibility of starting the first in a new series of books, and I have a standalone that I at the very least need to start researching this year, even if I don’t actually write it.
For my creative writing workshops this year I will continue running the adult group at Kingswinford Library, and I have my Kidderminster teens until June (and hopefully again in September), and my secondary after-school club. This year I’m going to look at starting up another after-school club, and get into more schools as a visiting author. I’m already booked into a school in Birmingham, and for two workshops for teens at the Tudor House Museum in Worcester.
I also have an application going to the Arts Council for funding for a schools project, which I am very excited about.
Then there is another anthology story with Read On EU and commissioned by Writing West Midlands, which will involve at least two visits to another Birmingham school.
Whilst I will be amping up the schools’ work, I will be holding off on creating any more adult workshops. I need to make sure I keep time back for writing.
I have three book fairs and conventions lined up in Burton, Yorkshire and most exciting of all at Stokercon in Scarborough, but I doubt I will be attending any others. As I said, I need to keep time back for the writing.
Finally, I will be continuing to develop my promotional skills, leading new audiences to my books, especially first in series, and getting them onto my subscriber lists. And then, depending on how that goes, I might well make my first steps into audio book production towards the end of the year.
It’s going to be a busy year!