2019 Goals – Review/ Revise

2019 is half over! I can hardly believe it.

It seems like it’s only been a minute since at I sat down in December and made a list of my personal and professional goals for the year.

It’s time to take a look at what I planned to accomplish, have accomplished and what I can expect from myself in the last half of the year.

Now, lots of folks will take this chance to focus first on the negative. Don’t fall into that trap.

First, look at the things you have accomplished. Make a list of them. Include things that you maybe didn’t plan, but did anyway, in place of something else or maybe in addition to the milestones on your road map for 2019.

Then pat yourself on the back and give yourself a treat for being so productive! This is one of the most positive things about writing down your goals because you an actually see them resolved and feel good about the effort.  This will give you the steam to keep moving forward!

Now, understanding that you have six months left, and your priorities may have shifted in the last six months, revise the list accordingly.

Focus on two or three tasks, don’t over load yourself. Use the momentum from the first half of the year to keep you moving!

What if you found your list has completely gone to the wayside? I mean, life happens, and we all know that.

Get back on track using your goals as a guide to put the back half of 2019 in order. Take a deep breath and GO!

Make your goals work for you.  Never give up. Never surrender!

Happy writing,


How to Become a USA Today Bestselling Author

You’ve made your goals list for 2019 and one of them is:


But where do you start? How do you make this happen.

There is no absolute way to do anything, but knowing where to start will help you to own the process and achieve your goals.

This is a great article that outlines the steps one author took, and it details some of the commitment you will have to make both personally and financially to claim this accolade.

The Write Life: The Indie Author’s Guide to Hitting the USA Today Bestseller List.

Setting Your 2019 Goals

At the end of each year I like to take stock of my accomplishments by making a list.

It’s a trick I learned from a previous job.  At first, it was an unwanted task assigned by management to provide validation for time spent.  But as I started to put it all down on paper, I realized that it is a valuable tool to remind me of all that I accomplished. It’s a good feeling that helps to me to see that even if I didn’t get everything done  I set out to do, I have not been idle or wasteful with the time I spent.

I recommend that before you start making goals for 2019, you spend an hour or so listing all your achievements from 2018. Evaluate the items that weren’t completed. If they are still valuable, add them to 2019, and build from there.

When setting goals for a new year, I try to include areas for improvement in ongoing items, and to add new things I have never done before to keep growing. This allows me to maintain the investments I have already made in my business as an author, and continue to learn and improve.

Lots of folks will tell you what you should include. Evaluate their suggestions carefully, but make sure you are also including things that important to you personally.

This list is about you more than anything else, and that should be taken into account every bit as much as standard industry recommendations for your author growth.

Once you have your list, look at it critically, and rank the things you want to achieve, high to low. Then split the list, keeping the top 5 or 6 items as your true goals, knowing you can easily bring the others into play if time allows.

Splitting the list  is important because a list of goals that is too big to manage will overwhelm you, and the turn the list that is supposed to help and guide you into a negative tool. If too many things slip by, it becomes harder to use it because it can make you feel as if you are failing, even when you are not.

Last, for the top 5 or 6 items, add target dates for completion. For example, if one of your goals is to publish a new book, set a date for that publication, and then walk back through the timeline to establish specific milestone targets, like editing, proofing, cover selection, preorder set up, etc. Once the dates for each is filled in, you will have an attainable goal set that you can use to support your plans for the coming year.

Need help? ALAREON can work with you to determine your goals and how best to achieve them, establishing project timelines and defining milestones that keep you on target all year long.

Contact us today to set up a free 30 min consultation to learn more about what we can do to help.

Happy planning!




Jo Brown is an award winning author, experienced journalist, blogger, and graphic artist, with an extensive background in business project management. ALAREON is the culmination of her life experiences, the place where her passion for storytelling and creative design come together with the best business practices  to help Indie Authors make their dreams come true.

4 Strategies to Make 2019 Your Best Author Year Yet!

shared with permission from Alessandra Torre

My favorite part of this year is the ability to look BACK on the year so far, learn from my mistakes, and then plan ahead for next year. And I am convinced that 2019 is going to be my biggest year yet. More book releases. More units sold. More readers than ever before! I feel confident this will happen because I have an awesome gameplan and strategies in place!
     Have you taken a look at your year so far?
     Are you on track to hit your goals?
     Do you have a plan in place for 2019?
I’m holding a free online workshop called  “Hit Your Author Goals in 2019: 4 Strategies that Will Transform Your Business and Book Sales!” on Wednesday, December 5th at 1pm or 9pm EST!

The workshop can only hold a limited number of attendees, so be sure to save your spot in the lunch or evening session! Register here!


Are Deadlines Your Thing?

November is what National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWrMo). You can learn more here.  https://nanowrimo.org/

Essentially, you sit down and commit to writing 50K words in  a book during the month of November. There are many support groups, some may be local to you, where you can meet up and do it together, and socialize before or after your writing sprints.

I’ve heard it told that pounding out 50K words in 30 days leaves you with a book that needs a lot of editing. But, it does still leave you with a book.  🙂

If you’re the kind of personality that functions best when the clock is ticking and the pressure is on, this could be a great thing for you.

However you write, keep writing. Never give up on a dream.


Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Call for Entries

*from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards site*

Visit https://indiebookawards.com/   to learn more.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the most exciting and rewarding book awards program open to independent publishers and authors worldwide who have a book written in English and released in 2017, 2018 or 2019 or with a 2017, 2018 or 2019 copyright date. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com).

With over 70 categories to choose from, enter by February 15, 2019 (all books must be received in our offices by February 15, 2019) to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to have your book considered for cash prizes, awards, exposure, possible representation by a leading literary agent, and recognition as one of the top independently published books of the year!

The Nine Dots Prize Submission


The Nine Dots Prize seeks to reward original thinking in response to contemporary societal issues. Each Prize cycle lasts two years, with a new question being announced every other October.


All those 18 years of age and over are welcome to enter but responses and the resulting book must be in English. We are looking for innovative thinking, whether this comes from new voices or from experienced authors. The Prize’s heartland is in the analysis of contemporary society and societal challenges, and we welcome responses that draw on all disciplines and cross-discipline thinking. Joint entries will be considered, although proposals that put forward a number of authors all contributing single sections (such as an edited collection) will not be accepted.

Learn more about The Nine Dots

The question: Is there still no place like home?

Submissions open for the US$100,000 Nine Dots Prize

Do you have ideas that could change the world but no platform to share them? Do you have an insight or viewpoint that needs to be heard?

Submissions have opened today for the next cycle of the Nine Dots Prize, which this year is asking entrants to answer the following question in 3,000 words: “Is there still no place like home?” The winner will receive US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press, for a book which will expand on the ideas in their response to the Prize question.

It does not matter whether you’re a known author or undiscovered voice, the aim of the Prize is to reward an individual with an original perspective on contemporary societal issues who demonstrates the potential to be able to develop this into a short book.

Everything you need to know about entering the Prize can be found on the submissions page of our website, and we regularly update our FAQs so please check there if you have any questions. The deadline for entering is 12:00 GMT on Monday 21 January 2019.