New Year, New Round, New Goals

Greetings fellow writers! I’m excited to be starting a new round, which is actually my fourth one (as I started in the second round last year). Some of my goals will seem familiar, as will the format, which I’ve kept from previous rounds. Others are newer. Here they are, and I’m getting started on them today.


In collaboration with BlackLion, edit, revise and polish our NaNoWriMo novel, The Door Is the Key. Have it ready for the next step, which is yet to be determined (submission, beta readers, or self-publishing).

Post to my Starcat’s Corner blog at least 3 times per week, and on this blog at least 2 times per week.

Write and edit at least three guest blog posts and have them posted. This includes Moon Books and Kind Over Matter, both due in February.

Choose my next book project and outline it.

Learning and Sharing

Continue learning about ethical marketing and promotion. Read at least 3 books on this subject.

In collaboration with BlackLion, update our Feline Dreamers website and create a marketing plan for 2014.

Promote and sell more copies of both of my existing books. Use new techniques I’m learning as well as ones I already know about. This includes posting excerpts of my books, trading book reviews with other authors, and asking readers for Amazon reviews.

Explore creating a hard-copy version of Cultivating Self-Love. Look into CreateSpace and other options.

Practicing Wellness

Enjoy my life and go with the flow.

Continue with my five main spiritual and creative practices: journal writing, yoga, drumming, dancing, and gratitude.

Eat well. This means eating healthy vegan foods, avoiding sugar and junk foods, and drinking plenty of water.

De-clutter my desk and filing cabinets. Make the space more user-friendly so I’m more likely to use it.


Filed under ROW 80

6 Responses to New Year, New Round, New Goals

  1. Good goals – reasons to be excited – all the best:)

  2. Good luck with your goals! And I love your blog title.

  3. Space is important for me, too. If my space is cluttered, I have a hard time thinking clearly.

    I am curious about your guest post goal. What motivates this? Why do guest posts in addition to posts on your own blog? Do you ever invite people to write for your blog? (I’m coming from a place of genuine curiosity & openness, so I hope these questions don’t sound bitchy.)

    And last but not least: Congrats on continuing on with ROW80! =*)

    • Starcat

      I’ve read in several different places that doing guest posts for websites in your field of interest is a fantastic way to promote your writings. You get the word out to more potential readers, the blog you’re writing for gets free content. I don’t think my own blog is big enough, yet, to host guest writers, but it will hopefully get to that point. Hope that helps!

  4. Love those categories for your goals that show such attention to creativity and balance. One question: Can you write more about what ‘ethical marketing’ is? I think all of us who embark on e-publishing would love to hear more of this. 2014 looks like a very good year!

    • Starcat

      Interesting that you ask that question right now. I have a vague concept in my head about it, and wasn’t sure how I’d describe it. Then last night, the book I’m reading defined it for me. I love when that happens. So, from “Write. Publish. Repeat.” by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant, “In an ethical sales transaction, the buyer and seller should be equally pleased. Each party should feel like thanking the other. Ethical marketing is nothing more than letting people who might like your product know it exists – and, ideally, giving them some sort of a deal that makes the offer better for the potential buyer.” By the way, I’m about a third of the way through reading that book, and it’s excellent and very useful.

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