Shine in 09
Author Linda Leigh Hargrove responds...
My publishing goals are more like platform-building goals. This year I plan to finish my third novel, continue blogging (on three separate sites), and scheduling more speaking engagements.
To keep me on task with my novel, I've contracted with a freelance editor and set a hard and fast date to deliver 'something of substance' to her by.
On my blog 'Reconciling Faith and Race' (17 Seeds.com ) I've set up themes for certain months of the year and I schedule posts ahead of time. I use Google alerts on certain keywords that keep my mind spinning in the right direction. These alerts also help feed me material for the other two (team) blogs for which I write. I use twitter and several ning groups to get the word out. I'm considering setting up lenses on Squidoo.
As for speaking opportunities, I regularly send out press releases to key individuals, churches, and ministries about the more news-worthy things I've blogged about or initiatives I've got going on in the area of biblical racial reconciliation or writing. In the press release I make sure I mention I'm available for speaking engagements. It's taken time but I'm starting to get bookings. My platform is growing. Praise God.