Enough about New Year’s Reflections. What’s important is a New Year’s Resolution.
My goal is to write 500 words a day (whether for a short story or a novel) for five days a week, submit the stories/novels that I write to pro markets, and learn to write better from every detailed rejection I get. I’m a fast writer, so it’s definitely a doable goal. 2,500 words a week = 130,000 words a year, which is about 2 short (60,000-word novels) and a few short stories. Or alternatively, one short novel and a whole load of short stories.
Dean Wesley Smith said he has made $100 a month from e-publishing short stories and that his revenue is growing. So my plan is, if a short story is rejected by all 5c/word markets, and I am still proud of it by that time (which doesn’t always happen), I will put it up as a Nook/Kindle e-book for purchase here, and likely for a pittance. No more than $2.
If I can hold to this goal (and I think I can) I will feel very productive indeed.