Where has the year gone? Mid-year goal review…

Can you believe we’re half way through the year! Merry Christmas!

Fortunately, I’m on track with what I wanted to accomplish this year. As I do with writing, I’ve tweaked the plot (plan) as I got into the story (year), but it’s still basically the same.

On schedule, I released two brand new romances, Hunted by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 6) in January and Alien Attraction (Alien Mate 2) in April. In between, I re-released Rescued by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 5.5) in March. Rescued was originally in the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology. It’s now available as a single title.

Alien Mate 3 was slated for July, and that’s on track. Alien Intention has been submitted to my editor, and I’m looking at a mid-July release date.

When I drafted my 2018 writing/business plan, two of my goals were to get more involved with multi-author cross marketing opportunity and come up with a new book to release in the fall 2018. (My actual plan says “New book TBD – October.”)  Those two objectives have dovetailed nicely. I’ve joined with the authors of the Intergalactic Dating Agency series, and will be publishing three books for the series in the fall. My series within the series will be called the Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides, which is a spinoff of the Alien Mate series.

In Alien Mate, women go to planet Dakon to become the mail order brides of aliens. In the Dakonian Alien Mail Order Bride series, the aliens get tired of waiting to win the lottery and get a woman, so they come to Earth through the Intergalactic Dating Agency. I’m about 2/3 done with the first draft of book one, Darak.

I’ve written  a total of 110,000 words this year so far.

Another of my goals was to increase my newsletter subscriber base by 150% by year end. Honestly, when I set that goal, I thought I might have set the bar too high. However, I’ve currently increased my subscriber base by 66% since the first of the year–and that’s after trimming the list in May and June by a combined 33 percent (I deleted inactive and uninvolved subscribers). I’m pretty confident I’ll hit the 150% mark by year end, and my list will be stronger with only subscribers who want to be on it.

I did take some time out for fun. In February and March, my husband and I took a three week trip to Norway and London. And in May we went to New Orleans for a week.

I think the second half of the year is going to be great. I’m looking forward to my new series and I’ve already started planning for 2019.

How was your first half of the year?

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3 Responses to Where has the year gone? Mid-year goal review…

  1. Wow. Three books this fall? I love the concept of the aliens coming to earth searching for women. Will the whole story take place on earth or will they take the women back to their planet?

    Congrats on the newsletter, too. You’re kicking butt.

    My year is going well. I never have a plan and just bounce from project to project. I’m not sure that’s the smartest way to do it, but it does allow for plenty of surprises. 🙂

    • Cara Bristol says:

      At this point, I think the aliens are going to stay on Earth, but who knows? I think planning things out actually gives me more flexibility to handle the surprises that come my way.

  2. Gill says:

    Great news re the newsletter. At least now you have interested parties, as it were.
    Sorry to see that the meet the reader has fallen off the edge. I enjoyed those, but I suppose there was a lack of interest?

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