Hannah Gordon is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan, where she studied Communications and Creative Writing. Her creative work can be found in Burrow Press Review, WhiskeyPaper, Synaesthesia Magazine, and more.

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End of the Year Self-Publishing Goals

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At the beginning of 2019, we wrote a blog about setting writing goals for the new year. Authors succeed when they set writing goals to achieve throughout the year. Self-publishers may have different writing goals. Maybe you set a word count to hit each day, or maybe you wanted to write and edit one poem a week. It doesn’t matter what kind of goal you set, as long as it was realistic and personal. Now, just a month away from the new year (and a new decade!), DiggyPOD wants to revisit the writing goals you set back in January. We’re here to make your goals little easier to achieve with our live customer service, free downloadable templates, tools, guides, and more. Self-publishers always have DiggyPOD to rely on. 

New Year, New Goals: Setting Goals for 2020

If you met your 2019 writing goals, congratulations! What an incredible feeling that must be. Don’t lose that momentum, though. For 2020, set new goals. Push yourself to a new limit. If you self-published a novel in 2019, try for another in 2020! Or, try writing in a new genre! Push your boundaries as a writer this year. 

Like setting a New Year’s resolution, setting writing goals at the beginning of each year provides a commitment to hold yourself accountable to throughout the following twelve months. Your goals should be smart — that is, measurable and attainable. Remember the suggestions we offered at the start of the year:

  • Start small. 
  • Choose a goal that works for your schedule.
  • Beware of burn out.
  • Reward yourself.

Start Small 

We recommend setting small, achievable goals to start. Start with writing goals that you can cross off your to-do list easily. Maybe this means starting by writing for just ten minutes a day, and then steadily increasing your goals. Write for ten minutes, then twenty, then thirty, until you’re writing every day without even thinking about it. By lining your path to self-publishing a book with small writing goals, you’re setting yourself up for success by avoiding the dreaded burnout.

Choosing Writing Goals That Work for Your Schedule

Every self-publisher’s life is different. Some work forty hours a week. Others take care of the children. Some work and take care of kids. Find a way to fit writing into your daily schedule. For some self-publishers, this might mean waking up a little earlier each day. For others, maybe you squeeze in a few hundred words during your lunch hour. Make sure your goals work for your schedule. 

Beware of Burn Out

Beware of goals that will have you burning the midnight oil or stressing to get a chapter finished in time. Burn out is real, and it can be debilitating for self-publishers. Some days will be more productive than others; some days you may not get any words on the page at all. However it’s important to not let your writing be defined by these bad days. 

Reward Yourself Along the Way

Writing is hard! You deserve to feel proud of the work you’re doing, so remember to reward yourself for meeting that weekly word count or editing that chapter of your manuscript. 

What If I Didn’t Meet My 2019 Writing Goals?

If you didn’t meet last year’s writing goals, that’s okay. Setting and keeping New Year’s writing goals can be incredibly difficult, even for seasoned authors. 

Let’s look at some reasons why you might not have met your 2019 writing goals:

  • The goals you set were difficult to achieve.
  • The goals you set did not fit into your schedule.
  • Life got busy.

The Goals You Set Were Difficult to Achieve

This is the most common issue we see. A lot of writers get excited when setting writing goals (who wouldn’t?). As a result, however, they tend to set goals that are not realistic. Therefore it’s important to remember that writing a book is a marathon, not a sprint. 

For example, it’s unrealistic to think you’ll write a book in a few weeks, self-publish it, and be done. Every aspect of the self-publishing process requires dedication, precision, and hard work. From idea conception to writing to editing to designing to converting your manuscript into print-ready files, self-publishing your book is definitely a marathon, but one so worth it in the end.

The Goals You Set Did Not Fit Into Your Schedule

This is another common mistake we see self-publishers making. If your goal is to write, edit, and self-publish a book in 2020, that’s great! It’s definitely an attainable goal, however you need to set smaller, achievable goals along the way that fit with your day-to-day life. Think of these writing goals as accountability checkpoints or progress reports. If small goals line the path to one big goal (self-publishing a book), then it’ll feel more achievable and not so intimidating.

Life Got Busy

We get it. Even with the best intentions and practices, sometimes things just get lost amidst the busyness of your life. Even if you set realistic, achievable goals that work with your schedule, sometimes life gets in the way. Don’t let this discourage you from trying again. Set new goals for 2020, and this time, allow us to help you.

DiggyPOD is Here to Help with Your Writing Goals

When you self-publish with DiggyPOD, you’re not going it alone. Self-publishing doesn’t need to be a solitary experience. That’s why we offer live customer service, free downloadable templates, tools, guides, and this blog. 

Our customer service representatives are available to answer any and all questions you may have about the self-publishing process. In fact, we love engaging with authors and listening to how we can bring their passions come to life on paper. Feel free to call us at 1-877-944-7844 if you have any questions.

When the time comes to self-publish your book, you’ll find our website has tons of valuable tools, guides, and templates to make the process as easy as possible. Whether you need help converting your manuscript into a print-ready PDF, or you don’t know how to set up your book cover, we’re there to help. 

Along the way, you’ll find all the motivation and self-publishing tips you need on our blog. 

Let’s start 2020 off strong. What writing goals will you set? Let us know in the comments!


Print Ready PDF: Getting Your Book Ready to Print

print ready PDFEvery writer dreams of the day they can hold their book in their hands. If you’ve chosen DiggyPOD to self-publish your book, you’re one step closer to fulfilling that dream. Before you can make that dream a reality, though, you need to get your book ready for printing. We purposely ensure that printing with DiggyPOD is easy for new and veteran self-publishers, but that doesn’t mean your work is done as soon as you type “The End.” When you print with DiggyPOD, your book must follow specific guidelines. One of these guidelines specifies that your manuscript must first be converted into a print ready PDF. If you don’t know what that means or how to do it, then this blog is for you.

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The First Time Self-Publishers Guide

first time self-publishers guideLaozi said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If you’ve decided to self-publish a book, congratulations: you’ve taken that first step! This journey may be long, but it’ll be worth it when you hold your book in your hands. Though undoubtedly proud, first time self-publishers often find that they have a lot of questions about the process. While we offer plenty of helpful how-to guides, video tutorials, eager customer service representatives, and thorough blog posts, authors still find themselves bogged down by the specifics. This prompted us to create our First Time Self-Publishers Guide.
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Where To Find Images for Your Self-Published Books

book cover designOne of the most frequently asked questions self-publishers ask us is how to design their book. If you aren’t a photographer or illustrator, you may wonder where to find the images for your book cover design. You obviously want the best cover you can get, but how can you do that? Your book cover will be the first thing people see when they look at your book, so the pressure is on. Thankfully, the Internet exists. Self-publishers can find beautiful images for their book cover online. 
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Blogging and Self-Publishing: Creating a Revenue Stream


Freelance Writing: How to Get Paid as a Writer

freelance writingIf you want to pursue a career in writing, more likely than not, you’ll do some freelance writing. Writers have a lot of options when it comes to freelance writing jobs online, and if done correctly, they can turn quite a profit. Many writers find successful careers in freelance. If self-publishing a book is a dream of yours, you can support yourself by freelancing for magazines and websites while working on your book. If you’ve ever considered freelance writing, keep reading for more information, tips, and suggestions.
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What is a Ghostwriter? Ghostwriting Jobs, Contracts, and Pay

what is a ghostwriterIn your search to find a self-publisher, you may have come across the term “ghostwriter.” Ghostwriting jobs abound online. A popular form of freelancing, many writers find success in this unique arena of publishing. But, what is a ghostwriter? What do they do? We’ll discuss this and more in this blog. From contract agreements to what to charge as a ghostwriter, we’ll cover it all. 
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Novel Pre-Writing Exercises

prewriting strategiesIf you’re reading this, that means you’ve decided to write a novel or some other kind of book. While not an easy task, self-publishing a book will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. If you’ve never done it before, you may not know where to begin. So much more than just writing goes into the novel-writing process. In order to write and self-publish a novel (or any book for that matter), you’ll need to do an incredible amount of planning, prewriting, writing, revising, and editing. In past blogs, we’ve talked about writing, revising, and editing, including mistakes to avoid in each of these steps. Today let’s discuss prewriting strategies. 
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Self-Publishing Nonfiction: What is the Difference Between Memoir, Biography, and Autobiography?

types of nonfiction booksWhen people think about publishing a book, they usually think about novels, i.e. fiction books—with genres such as mystery, romance, fantasy, historical, or science fictionhowever a large percentage of bestsellers are in fact nonfiction books. Nonfiction, like fiction, covers a wide array of subjects and book types. What unites all nonfiction books is that they’re true stories. Fiction is made-up, purely the product of an author’s imagination (though influenced by real life). Nonfiction, therefore, is not made up. Let’s look at what types of nonfiction books there are.
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What are the Different Types of Poetry?

types of poetryDid you know? April is National Poetry Month! You don’t need to be a poet to enjoy reading poetry. Poetry offers something for everyone: strength, encouragement, reflection, peace. April is an entire month specially dedicated to reading, writing, and appreciating poetry in all its forms. We think this is a practice readers and writers should carry with themselves throughout the entire calendar year. If you don’t know much about poetry, and don’t know where to start, don’t worry! In this blog, we’ll answer questions such as what are the different types of poetry as well as give you recommendations on where to start your reading. 
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