I am really pleased to welcome Jo Linsdell back on the Red Carpet. Jo is bringing out her new children’s book Fairy May and is on tour with the book all this month.
Written and illustrated by Jo Linsdell
Fairy May dreams of one day becoming a tooth fairy but she struggles at school and always seems to get things wrong. With hard work and determination she prepares for her test. Will she realise her dream and become a tooth fairy?
Release Date: 1st February 2013
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
I have read Fairy May and, although my days of reading to this age group have faded, I found it a delightful book. I can imagine it will be fun to read to a child and fun for a slightly older child to read it for themselves.
The illustrations are lovely and the rhythm of the rhyming just right for ease and comfort. As well as being a charming story it holds a message, beautifully subtle – no sledgehammers here:) that if you truly want something and are prepared to put in the effort you can achieve your dream (it also manages to sneak in some dental care as well:) it is clear Jo understands children well.
Jo is presenting a guest blog today and is returning next week to allow me to interview her
RED CARPET DAY
Goal Setting for Writers
Having goals helps give some structure to our work and keeps us focused on our objectives. This is important for any career but especially important for careers like writing where, most of time, we’re left to our own devices. As the quote says “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”.
When it comes to setting goals you should have both short and long term objectives. Your long term goals are where you want to be and your short term goals are how you get there.
By setting your goals you are basically building a business plan for your writing career. Before you start though keep in mind that;
- Goals need to be something you can control
- Goals need to inspire you
Now let’s take a closer look at long term and short term goals:
Long term goals
Where do you want to be in 6 months, a year or 10 years from now? You need to know your desired result so that you can work towards achieving it.
Some examples might be;
- become a best seller
- publish a novel
- sell over 5000 books
- be a recognised expert in your niche
These are just a few examples but you get the idea. None of these things are going to happen over night.
Short term goals
How are you going to achieve your long term goals? What small steps can you take to send you in the right direction?
Some examples might be;
- write X number of pages
- submit X number of queries
- get X number of new likes on Facebook page
Again these are just some examples to give you an idea. As you can see though, your short term goals are measureable. They are bite-size tasks that will take you that step closer to reaching your long term goals.
You can always redefine your goals as you go along. As you learn new skills you may find that your dreams change and as such you need to adjust your short term goals to reach your new objectives. Not feeling like your getting closer to your long term goals? Change what you do until you get the results you want.
For my new children’s picture story book Fairy May my long term goal is to make it a best seller. Some of my short term goals include; making over €600 in royalties in a single month and having over 30 reviews posted to the Amazon product page by the end of March 2013.
What are your long term and short term goals for this year?
Jo Linsdell is an award winning freelance writer living in Rome , Italy . She is also the author of several books including the popular Italian for Tourists, A Guide to Weddings in Italy and the best selling children’s picture book Out and About at the Zoo. Her latest book Fairy May was released on 1st February 2013. You can find out more about her at www.JoLinsdell.com