Weekly News & Goals – 5/15/11

I’m trying to decide what to do with
my newsletter. It’s abundantly clear that I don’t have time for
it on a weekly basis, and yet, I don’t really want to just send
them out willy-nilly, because I know I
don’t read half the newsletters I’m subscribed to, and I
really don’t expect others do either. What’s your favorite way to
keep up with authors? Newsletters? Blogs? FB? Twitter? Postcards
mailed out to announce the new releases? Do tell, fair readers…

The readers (all 2 of them – thank
you both!) have spoken…and Falling
in Public
will be the next serial novel here. I’ll post
the first chapter this Friday, and if you’d like to subscribe to
only the serial story, there’s a new subscription link in
the sidebar. For now, the serial will be just one chapter per week on

Also, if you’re so inclined you can
head over to the Fantasy Ranch Novels blog on Tuesday for the first
chapter of The Minister’s Maid. That draft will also be
posted once weekly on Tuesdays.

India Drummond is doing a giveaway for
her new release in June – check out her post here on how to enter.
She’s an excellent writer, so if you like urban fantasy with
romantic elements, you won’t want to miss this!

And Carol Ward, my most excellent
editor has started both a new serial novel and a series called
Grappling with Grammar at Random Writings. I’d highly recommend you
check them both out!

This Week at…

…The Variety Pages

Wednesday: Writing Notes –
Where to Start?

Friday: Ch. 1 of Falling in

Fantasy Ranch Novels

Tuesday: Ch. 1 of The
Minister’s Maid

Beyond the Words

Thursday: Data Gathering

Goal Reports

I did pretty well on my goals last
week. All of the writing tasks save the 3k words on my thriller short
were completed, including turning The Biker’s Wench over for
editing. I feel pretty good about the progress made on all my books
last week.

Business took a back seat again, but
that’s the way it goes sometimes. I’ll have to step that up this
week though. I do need to get a few things done. Last week I did well
to keep up with daily promo, and upload my books to the Xcite store.

As far as personal goals go, I was off
the hook for laundry as hubby worked from home and caught most of it
up. I got my three workouts in, and cleaned out the fridge/freezer,
but as far as shutting down work at midnight goes? Yeah, no. Same
with getting to bed at 1am. There’s just so much to do!
Though I did take more time for reading this week.

Goals for the Week


  • 5 serial chapters (TMM is done)

  • 5k on IYD (short)

  • Start revisions on HPC (which
    needs a new title…)


  • Finish promo items

  • Finish samples for author services

  • Daily promo


  • Quit work at midnight, bed
    by1:30am (I’m not giving up on this just yet…)

  • More clean-up in the backyard

  • Keep up with laundry

  • Update my Goodreads account

That’ll do for me, I think. What’s
going on with you?

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5 comments on “Weekly News & Goals – 5/15/11

  1. Carol

    Thanks for the shout-out Jamie! 🙂

    Wow, you’ve got a lot on the go! I agree that there’s always so much to do. Good luck on your goals this week, I’m sure you’ll accomplish them all! Except maybe the getting to bed by 1:30. 😉

  2. Ardee-ann Eichelmann

    Regarding your newsletter. I read every edition. That being said, I also follow you on Facebook regularly even though you use the dreaded Network Blogs. Do you know that FB has made it harder to keep up with Network Blogs. Just a word to the wise. I don’t always get through my Twitter feed but I watch for you there too. So that is how I keep up with you. Do you feel like you are being stalked? EEK!

    My personal goals for the week are just to keep writing and reading. I also do the regular stuff around the house. Ho hum!

    I wish you well with your goals and can’t wait to see the new serials You are one heck of a writer.



  3. Heidi

    I’m with Ardee, in that I read them all. Actually, your newsletters are sort of the touchstone to which I remember what day it is…um…is that sad…maybe I need a watch or a calendar or both strapped upon my person somewhere…but I digress. I’m wired in so FB, Twitter, Blogs, it’s all good. Do what you need to, to get it all done and we, your faithful following of gallery peanuts will be with you.

  4. Brooklyn Ann

    I keep track of you mostly through twitter and subscribing to this blog. I totally sucked on my goals last week due to illness and ‘puter issues. Hoping to make up for it this week.

  5. Heather K

    I dunno, I get sporadic newsletters from other authors, and I don’t really mind that it’s not on a particular day/week/whatever. For me though, the newsletter seems to remind me to go check the author’s other social media to see what’s going on or get more details.