Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Remember that post I did at the beginning of January about my personal goals for 2010?

Well, it's February (so people tell me), and that means it's time to check in and see how we're all doing :).

Here's my progress so far:

1) Finish Legacy of the Empress final edits by 1/31/10!

I finished my edits on 2/1/2010, which isn't too shabby, if you ask me :)! I'm extremely proud of myself and have been strutting around looking smug since Monday. Hooray! Now, Legacy of the Empress is in the hands of my copy editor (a.k.a. My Poor Husband Who's Read This Book So Often He's Starting to Hate it), and when I get his edits back, I have a week to finish those. Right now, what am I doing? Why, polishing my query letter, of course!

If you are looking for some great forums to get feedback on your query letter, check out, or jump into the forums over at agent Nathan Bransford's blog! There are some very helpful writers in both groups who are happy to shred your query! They've helped me immensely, and I'm eternally grateful.

2) Get to [redacted goal weight] and stay there!

So, I've done Jillian Michael's 30 Days of Evil (or whatever it's called) several times, and am starting to lose not only pounds, but inches! Inches, people :). It's exciting stuff. Maybe one day I'll be able to run in corduroy pants without them bursting into flames!

My other goals involve querying agents, and working on my 2nd novel, so I'm not there yet.

How are your goals going this year? What are your successes and struggles so far?


Christi Goddard said...

I will probably never be able to run in corduroy pants without them bursting into flames. Not that I'd ever run... way too much effort.

My goal was to finish my book before returning to work after surgery, which I accomplished. Now I'm editing it for the umteenth time and I've already got my first rejected query back! It's quite exciting.

Candyland said...

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! I've now added you on my blog list. My goal this year is to get my ms in good enough shape to land an agent. It's been a work in progress for years but I've only been serious about it the last year. I'm giving myself 6 months.

I'm really struggling with the pursuit even with rejections. I have days I'd like to delete the whole thing and never look back and days I feel like I could write forever. Hopefully this is my year.

Scott said...

I've pushed my goals back, just a bit, but for good reason. I do have my query started, love the first part, now just need to finish. I'm working on a new project - woo-hoo. Okay, I haven't started revisions on the other project, but everything in its own time and place. : )

Congrats on your progress.


Christine Fonseca said...

Life has thrown quite a few curve balls this year (already...)so yeah, goals are not quite where they should be...but I am working on it.

Kat Harris said...

OMG! Corduroy pants bursting into flames? That's great.

I'm on track with most of my goals so far.

Rebecca Knight said...

Christi: NICE!! You'll have to keep us posted--good luck!

Candyland: Yay--welcome! We're all rooting for you :). Don't give up, and remember we all have those "delete it all" moments!

Scott: Thanks! It's exciting that you have a new project in the works! Good luck w/ that and your query writing!

Christine: I hear ya :P. Is it really only February? Good luck to you, and let me know if I can do anything to help!

Kat: You rule ;).

Elana Johnson said...

Woot! Great progress. I'm glad you got your edits done, and your query letter is coming together... So exciting!

And the exercise. Dude, who has time for that?? Way to go!

Josin L. McQuein said...

Chicken Soccer!!!!!!

Oh wait, there was a post after the chickens.


Those darn redacted weight goals are a pain! Congrats on beating yours into submission.

Lisa and Laura said...

GO Becca!!! You rocking 2010! Can't wait to hear what else you accomplish this year!

Yunaleska said...

Congrats on reaching your goooaaaall! It's been fab following your journey to this point. The next stage of the journey is even more exciting.

Tere Kirkland said...

Congrats on your goals, Becca! I'm glad to hear that Empress is shaping up well. I started reading Kristin Cashore's Fire, and it reminds me of your work a lot, actually. Keep up the good work!

Rebecca Knight said...

Elana: Thanks, man! Congrats on going on submission :D!!! You have to keep us updated!

Josin: I would pay good money to see chicken soccor played :).

LiLa: Aww--thanks, guys! :D Back at ya!

Yuna: You are so sweet :). Thanks for all your support this year, and your friendship!

Tere: Okay.... this seriously made me shriek with delight and almost pass out. Kristin Cashore is one of my favorite authors--the FIRE cover is my computer wallpaper right now!!! Bless you :). You are pure awesomeness!