Resolutions: 2016 review and 2017 goals

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Kolam near my hotel in Puducherry, India

Every year I set goals and then periodically update the world on how I’m not meeting them. Here’s the latest year in review.

1. Write at least 30 minutes a day.

Did not happen – at least not on fiction stuff. This year was crazy busy with school stuff that I wrote on instead.

2. Finish something every month.

Nope. But I did at least start something every month. Now, if only I had time to write every day, maybe I’d finish them.

3. Publish at least 4 of those finished things.

I published “A Place to Die” in January. It’s available for $.99 at Amazon or free if you join my mailing list. And I had a short story, “Three Casseroles, Two More Cookies, and a Pile of Uncles on the Floor,” published in a local holiday anthology. I’m close on some other stuff, but school stuff popped up – comps, research projects, classes, etc.

4. Continue the focus on increased marketing.

Overall this year, I focused a lot on marketing: ads, promos, giveaways, etc. Unfortunately, I can’t say that it’s worked very well. True, I lakh-tupled my newsletter subscribers, but that’s not converting to reviews or sales. I’ll be reevaluating this for 2017 because I can’t afford to keep throwing away money on approaches that don’t work.

5. Read 100 books.

I read 73 – by which I mean I finished them completely; I didn’t count books I started but gave up on. This also doesn’t include books I read for classes.

6. Continue the focus on being healthy.

I joined a gym in November – and have made it twice, due to a very busy end of the semester (I think I pulled more all-nighters this semester than I have in the rest of my life combined). My diet also wasn’t the best towards the end – again, no time to cook so I ate a lot of meals out that weren’t the healthiest.

Overall in 2016

Overall, I failed at my goals. Every one of them. BUT I’m doing awesome academically and am on pace to get my PhD in 3 years instead of 4. I’m focusing a lot on building my career-focused CV, which doesn’t leave much time for much else. However, I seem to be more productive the busier I am, so I should have better time management in 2017 and thus actually meet some of my goals!

Speaking of which…

2017 goals

  1. Finish something every month – short story, novella, novel, anything.
  2. Publish at least 4 things – again, short story, novella, novel, anything. Either with my publisher or self-published or in a magazine, doesn’t matter where.
  3. Finish the draft of a nonfiction book that’s good for my career.
  4. Do more live events – readings, book fairs, etc. Again, it’s about getting my name out there.
  5. Travel more internationally – and Canada doesn’t count.
  6. Read 100 books.

What are your goals for 2017?

2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza – Day 22

E.D. Martin's 2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza!

Every day from now until Christmas, I’ll be giving away copies of my books (digital AND print), Amazon gift cards, and book-related stuff. A new chance to win, every day!

December 1st: ebook of “Not My Thing” short story
December 2nd: ebook of “Tim and Sara” short story
December 3rd: $5 Amazon gift card
December 4th: signed paperback copy of The Futility of Loving a Soldier (available exclusively through this contest!)
December 5th: prize carried over from the 4th because no one entered that day. C’mon people – it’s free stuff!
December 6th: paperback of Shadow on the Wall by P.K. Tyler
December 7th: three ebook copies of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 8th: three ebook copies of my short story collection, Us, Together
December 9th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 10th: signed paperback of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 12th: print copies of Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun and Frendyl Krune and the Snake Across the Sea by Kira A. McFadden
December 13th: audiobook of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 14th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 16th: one of everything I’ve written!
December 18th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 21st: audiobook of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 22nd: ebook of “Avendui 5ive” (Jakkattu Shorts Book 1) by P.K. Tyler

Plus, each entry in the daily contests will be carried over to a big prize at the end (I haven’t decided what that will be yet, but it’s definitely something you want to win – more details coming soon)!

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2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza – Day 21

E.D. Martin's 2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza!

This semester is the gift that keeps on giving – every time I think I’m finally done with everything, something new pops up. But everything is now graded and written and submitted and I have 6 days until my winter break class (in India) starts, so I have no excuses not to keep up with my giveaways until Christmas!

Every day from now until Christmas, I’ll be giving away copies of my books (digital AND print), Amazon gift cards, and book-related stuff. A new chance to win, every day!

December 1st: ebook of “Not My Thing” short story
December 2nd: ebook of “Tim and Sara” short story
December 3rd: $5 Amazon gift card
December 4th: signed paperback copy of The Futility of Loving a Soldier (available exclusively through this contest!)
December 5th: prize carried over from the 4th because no one entered that day. C’mon people – it’s free stuff!
December 6th: paperback of Shadow on the Wall by P.K. Tyler
December 7th: three ebook copies of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 8th: three ebook copies of my short story collection, Us, Together
December 9th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 10th: signed paperback of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 12th: print copies of Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun and Frendyl Krune and the Snake Across the Sea by Kira A. McFadden
December 13th: audiobook of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 14th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 16th: one of everything I’ve written!
December 18th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 21st: audiobook of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside

After her husband’s infidelities are revealed, Kasey Sanford just wants to rediscover who she is. After an abusive childhood and years as a career soldier, Andrew Adams just wants someone to tell him that he’s doing the right thing with his life. When their paths cross, Kasey and Andrew embark on a tumultuous journey that demonstrates just what they’re willing to do to save the ones they love.

Plus, each entry in the daily contests will be carried over to a big prize at the end (I haven’t decided what that will be yet, but it’s definitely something you want to win – more details coming soon)!

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2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza – Day 18

E.D. Martin's 2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza!

It’s the most busiest time of the year!

Let’s do another gift card today.

Every day from now until Christmas, I’ll be giving away copies of my books (digital AND print), Amazon gift cards, and book-related stuff. A new chance to win, every day!

December 1st: ebook of “Not My Thing” short story
December 2nd: ebook of “Tim and Sara” short story
December 3rd: $5 Amazon gift card
December 4th: signed paperback copy of The Futility of Loving a Soldier (available exclusively through this contest!)
December 5th: prize carried over from the 4th because no one entered that day. C’mon people – it’s free stuff!
December 6th: paperback of Shadow on the Wall by P.K. Tyler
December 7th: three ebook copies of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 8th: three ebook copies of my short story collection, Us, Together
December 9th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 10th: signed paperback of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 12th: print copies of Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun and Frendyl Krune and the Snake Across the Sea by Kira A. McFadden
December 13th: audiobook of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 14th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 16th: one of everything I’ve written!
December 18th: $5 Amazon gift card

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2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza – Day 16

E.D. Martin's 2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza!

Yesterday was the last day of the fall semester, plus the day I had my comprehensive exam proposal defense (which I passed – yay me!) And then I locked my keys in my car, and there were FOUR accidents on the interstate on the way back so by the time I got home last night at the end of a 15-hour day, I just went to bed – meaning I missed yesterday’s giveaway.

I’ll make up for it today by giving one lucky winner an e-book of everything I’ve written – a novel, 2 short story collections, and 3 short stories.

Every day from now until Christmas, I’ll be giving away copies of my books (digital AND print), Amazon gift cards, and book-related stuff. A new chance to win, every day!

December 1st: ebook of “Not My Thing” short story
December 2nd: ebook of “Tim and Sara” short story
December 3rd: $5 Amazon gift card
December 4th: signed paperback copy of The Futility of Loving a Soldier (available exclusively through this contest!)
December 5th: prize carried over from the 4th because no one entered that day. C’mon people – it’s free stuff!
December 6th: paperback of Shadow on the Wall by P.K. Tyler
December 7th: three ebook copies of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 8th: three ebook copies of my short story collection, Us, Together
December 9th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 10th: signed paperback of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 12th: print copies of Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun and Frendyl Krune and the Snake Across the Sea by Kira A. McFadden
December 13th: audiobook of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 14th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 16th: one of everything I’ve written!

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2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza – Day 14

E.D. Martin's 2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza!

I’m done with school for the semester – no more papers or tests or studying for a month! To celebrate, today’s prize is another $5 Amazon gift card.

Every day from now until Christmas, I’ll be giving away copies of my books (digital AND print), Amazon gift cards, and book-related stuff. A new chance to win, every day!

December 1st: ebook of “Not My Thing” short story
December 2nd: ebook of “Tim and Sara” short story
December 3rd: $5 Amazon gift card
December 4th: signed paperback copy of The Futility of Loving a Soldier (available exclusively through this contest!)
December 5th: prize carried over from the 4th because no one entered that day. C’mon people – it’s free stuff!
December 6th: paperback of Shadow on the Wall by P.K. Tyler
December 7th: three ebook copies of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 8th: three ebook copies of my short story collection, Us, Together
December 9th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 10th: signed paperback of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 12th: print copies of Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun and Frendyl Krune and the Snake Across the Sea by Kira A. McFadden
December 13th: audiobook of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 14th: $5 Amazon gift card

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2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza – Day 13

E.D. Martin's 2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza!

Every day from now until Christmas, I’ll be giving away copies of my books (digital AND print), Amazon gift cards, and book-related stuff. A new chance to win, every day!

December 1st: ebook of “Not My Thing” short story
December 2nd: ebook of “Tim and Sara” short story
December 3rd: $5 Amazon gift card
December 4th: signed paperback copy of The Futility of Loving a Soldier (available exclusively through this contest!)
December 5th: prize carried over from the 4th because no one entered that day. C’mon people – it’s free stuff!
December 6th: paperback of Shadow on the Wall by P.K. Tyler
December 7th: three ebook copies of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 8th: three ebook copies of my short story collection, Us, Together
December 9th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 10th: signed paperback of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 12th: print copies of Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun and Frendyl Krune and the Snake Across the Sea by Kira A. McFadden
December 13th: audiobook of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside

After her husband’s infidelities are revealed, Kasey Sanford just wants to rediscover who she is. After an abusive childhood and years as a career soldier, Andrew Adams just wants someone to tell him that he’s doing the right thing with his life. When their paths cross, Kasey and Andrew embark on a tumultuous journey that demonstrates just what they’re willing to do to save the ones they love.

Plus, each entry in the daily contests will be carried over to a big prize at the end (I haven’t decided what that will be yet, but it’s definitely something you want to win – more details coming soon)!

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2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza – Day 12

E.D. Martin's 2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza!

It’s Christmas time; there’s no need to be afraid – that I’d forgotten about the giveaway! It’s finals week, so I’ve been super busy the past few days with tests and papers, and I didn’t have a chance to post yesterday. So, to make up for it, today I’m giving away TWO books!

Every day from now until Christmas, I’ll be giving away copies of my books (digital AND print), Amazon gift cards, and book-related stuff. A new chance to win, every day!

December 1st: ebook of “Not My Thing” short story
December 2nd: ebook of “Tim and Sara” short story
December 3rd: $5 Amazon gift card
December 4th: signed paperback copy of The Futility of Loving a Soldier (available exclusively through this contest!)
December 5th: prize carried over from the 4th because no one entered that day. C’mon people – it’s free stuff!
December 6th: paperback of Shadow on the Wall by P.K. Tyler
December 7th: three ebook copies of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 8th: three ebook copies of my short story collection, Us, Together
December 9th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 10th: signed paperback of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 12th: print copies of Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun and Frendyl Krune and the Snake Across the Sea by Kira A. McFadden

When Frendyl’s family – and his whole race – is threatened, he embarks on a journey through the skies to recover a gemstone with magical properties. But that’s not the end of his troubles, as his father and cousin vanish in the mysterious Catacombs. Can Frendyl find them before an escaped prisoner does? These two books continue McFadden’s Amuli Chronicles, branching off in a YA format.

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2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza – Day 10

E.D. Martin's 2016 Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza!

Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but win my novel again now – a paperback of Yours to Keep or Throw Aside!

Every day from now until Christmas, I’ll be giving away copies of my books (digital AND print), Amazon gift cards, and book-related stuff. A new chance to win, every day!

December 1st: ebook of “Not My Thing” short story
December 2nd: ebook of “Tim and Sara” short story
December 3rd: $5 Amazon gift card
December 4th: signed paperback copy of The Futility of Loving a Soldier (available exclusively through this contest!)
December 5th: prize carried over from the 4th because no one entered that day. C’mon people – it’s free stuff!
December 6th: paperback of Shadow on the Wall by P.K. Tyler
December 7th: three ebook copies of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside
December 8th: three ebook copies of my short story collection, Us, Together
December 9th: $5 Amazon gift card
December 10th: signed paperback of my novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside

After her husband’s infidelities are revealed, Kasey Sanford just wants to rediscover who she is. After an abusive childhood and years as a career soldier, Andrew Adams just wants someone to tell him that he’s doing the right thing with his life. When their paths cross, Kasey and Andrew embark on a tumultuous journey that demonstrates just what they’re willing to do to save the ones they love.

Plus, each entry in the daily contests will be carried over to a big prize at the end (I haven’t decided what that will be yet, but it’s definitely something you want to win – more details coming soon)!

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