Welcome to 2011 - The Business of Writing!
The 2010 challenge worked very well for many people, with its focus on submission. This year I want to continue that, but I also want to put some emphasis back on the writing itself (which for many of you was the main activity), and I'd also like to start looking at marketing your writing. So, while submission will still be a good way to gain points, it's not going to be a short cut to Approves.
First, the basics... Again, every month we all start on zero and gain points by meeting Koala targets. Each point will raise you up a notch in The Koala's estimation and take you up a challenge level. Depending on the number of points, you earn a badge, created by The Koala's semi-tame goblin, JJ de Benedictis, to display on your blog.
This is how the points can be earned this year:
One point for every short story, poem or other short fiction submission to a competition or magazine. This is one point per publication, so check out the ones that allow multiples, and race up the Koala Love charts. Your blog does not count as a submission. However, blog competitions such as Jason Evans' Clarity of Night do count as a submission.
*Change for 2011* You can earn a point for a blog article submitted to other blogs (public blogs, not private) - if your article is of a good length and shows the type of accuracy/effort devoted to a magazine article, then it's point-worthy. (I'm still not allowing your own blog entries, so I remain fairly evil.)
One point for every article submitted to print or online magazine. *Change for 2011* Now one point per publication as per the short story submissions outlined above.
One point for achieving The Koala's perfectly reasonable writing/editing target of 4000 words a month.
One point for each 2000 words of original writing (not editing) over and above the basic 4000.
One point for each 5000 words of editing over and above the basic 4000.
One point for beta reading a fellow writer's novel and providing feedback. (Nothing shorter than a novel is eligible for this category).
One point for completing and publishing a new author website (not amendments - this is a one-off point for the first time you put it up). *Change for 2011* - I'll consider significant changes/updates to a web site for a point - as a rule of thumb, completely redesigning/rewriting four or more pages - not just adding a new picture or short story.
One point for writing a query (one-off point for each novel)
One point for writing your synopsis (again, a one-off point for each novel)
*Biggest change for 2011* One point for a novel submission (no more straight to Approves for a single submission!)
*Another change* Let us know what you've been doing in the way of marketing yourself and/or your books and I may award bonus points.
Bonus points may also be awarded for entering particular flash story competitions, as we did occasionally this year.
Report in at the end of every month, with your point totals and what you did to get there - as you have been. Points cannot be held over for a following month. The Koala wants consistent effort. The Koala is always right.
Each person is allowed one month off in the year - you decide if you want a summer holiday or a Christmas break or to have a baby or get your appendix out.
Go, go, go - January counts!
In for 2011 so far:
PD Singer (the writer formerly known as Pam...)
And please welcome a new victim, heh heh, Laurel K!
And more new victims, Jenna, Stevie and Daniela! And more - Mar Durango and Sempra!
More people should be signing up/re-signing up, so I'll wait a few days before I put the links up in the sidebar. It also gives you a few more days for December updates...
Remember to support one another in your attempts to avoid a Koala Shredding.
Spread the word, all welcome!