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2018 in review and my writing goals for 2019

Like for many of us, the beginning of a new year is a time to look back at the past year for me—and a time to make plans and goals for the new year. Goal setting has helped me a lot as a full-time writer.

So, let’s see how I did on my goals for 2018:


Write and publish two English novels. 

I did achieve that goal, but the second novel wasn’t the one I expected.

I published Just for Show, a romance novel about a fake relationship, in February. Novel #2 wasn’t another book in the Portland Police Bureau series, as I had planned, but a workplace romance titled Paper Love.


Translate and publish four German novels. 

I actually published not four, but five novels in German. I translated Shaken to the Core (Aus dem Gleichgewicht), Just for Show (Alles nur gespielt), Paper Love (Tintenträume) and Backwards to Oregon, which was published in two parts (Westwärts ins Glück Band 1 & 2).


Co-author a novella set in Germany. 

That’s one goal that I didn’t accomplish—or at least not the way I had initially planned. I did write Paper Love, but I ended up writing it alone and turning it into a novel. I guess that’s what happens when you set a book in your beloved hometown.


Attend the GCLS conference in Las Vegas in July and at least one literary event in Europe. 

That’s another check mark on my list of goals for 2018. I attended the GCLS conference in Las Vegas in July—surviving temperatures of up to 114°F!—and the EllCon (European Lesfic Literary Conference) in Bristol in August, with much more pleasant temperatures. I also attended the book fair in Frankfurt in October, where a uniformed police officer dragged half a dozen of her colleagues to the Ylva Publishing booth so I could sign a book for her.


Continue to give back to the community of LGBT readers and writers.

I think I can consider that goal accomplished too. I ran Lesbian Book Bingo, a year-long reading challenge for lesbian and f/f books, and I got wonderful feedback from hundreds of readers who enjoyed it.


Become a more healthy writer. 

Yeah well… That one was a success for part of the year. Sometimes I managed to work out three times a week and take a walk during my lunch break; sometimes I didn’t.


Read more books for fun. 

That one was a partial success too. I did read about two dozen lesbian books in 2018, but I didn’t quite manage to complete my entire bingo card since a lot of the books fit into the same squares. My favorite tropes of the year seemed to be sports romances (4 books), characters with a disability (4 books), and fake relationships (3 books).


Other accomplishments in 2018:

There were also some accomplishments and highlights in 2018 that I hadn’t actually planned:

  • Four of my novels were published as an audiobook (Something in the Wine, Just for Show, Perfect Rhythm, and Paper Love).
  • I published a collection of all my contemporary romance short stories, Happily Ever After.
  • Perfect Rhythm won quite a few awards in 2018: a GCLS Literary Award (Contemporary Romance – Long Novels), an IPPY Award (bronze) in the Best Romance/Erotica E-Book category, and an eLit Awards 2018 (silver) in the LGBT Fiction category.



My goals for 2019

Here are the goals I set for myself for 2019:


Write and publish two English novels. 

My first novel for 2019 will be Not the Marrying Kind, a romance between an easygoing, 6-foot baker and a closeted florist. In the second half of the year, I’ll publish another contemporary romance before I’ll get started on book 3 for the Portland Police Bureau series.


Translate and publish two German novels. 

I’m hoping to translate Not the Marrying Kind and my historical romance Hidden Truths into German in 2019.


Write two short stories. 

I would like to write at least two short stories in 2019—one will be a follow-up to Just Physical and will be part of an erotica anthology. The other one will be a sweet, romantic short story sequel to Perfect Rhythm.


Attend the GCLS conference in Pittsburgh in July and the book fair in Frankfurt in October. 

I’m planning to once again make it across the big pond to attend the GCLS conference, this time in Pittsburgh. While I’m in the US, I would also like to see some of the places my characters in Just for Show visited in New York City. In October, I’m planning on attending the book fair in Frankfurt for the eighth time in a row.


Continue to give back to the community of LGBT readers and writers. 

Like every year, I’d like to find a way to give back to the community of LGBTQ readers and writers. In 2019, I’ll host a series of authors interviews, and each one will include a giveaway, a free book, or a reduced book.


Become a more healthy writer. 

Since I earn my living sitting at my desk, I’ll need to work harder to stay healthy. That means cutting out sugar except for very special occasions and trying to get in three workouts and walks every week.


Read more books for fun. 

As a result of Book Bingo, I put dozens (or more like hundreds) of new books on my to-be-read list. I’d like to find more time to read for pleasure in 2019. I’m hoping to combine the last two goals by listening to audiobooks while taking a walk at a nearby lake.



How did you do with your goals for 2018? And what are your goals, plans, and hopes for 2019?

Please leave a comment and let us know.

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22 thoughts on “2018 in review and my writing goals for 2019”

  1. Good luck with that!! lol Just going to expand my garden and read at least 3 books a week, two for fun and one to learn something new. Good luck with your goals.

  2. 2018 was a really crap year but 2019 will be the best so my goals are:
    Become published.
    Write more and have set times of work.
    Not get distracted – like now lol.
    Lose weight.
    Not cry (done 6 months already 😀).
    Sort my house out and get the spare room turned into a study.
    That’s pretty much it. Good luck with yours.

  3. Ohh. Great goals I can hardly wait for the translation of Hidden Truth and for the 3. book of the Portland Police Bureau Series

    • The short story collection that goes with Backwards to Oregon/Westwärts ins Glück will be published way before Hidden Truths (at the end of February)! I hope you will enjoy that one too.

  4. 2018 was sweet and sour, bittersweet and weird, but I hope 2019 will bring a life less focused on a very demanding job. And wisdom, I need more wisdom for sure… And more of your books, more of Kade and Del, I’m begging here because I now know we will have more of Just Physical *wink*

  5. My goal for 2019 is…. set less goals and just enjoy the moment. Have more fun at work despite a demanding job, do woodworking for fun and not the result and read a lot of books without an element of Competition. That’s about it. 😂

  6. One of my goals is to read more books on my tbr that I already have and not to buy so much new books. I wish to successfully renovate the house I bought and finish the garden including a new fence this year. Also to be a bit more healthy und work out more.

    • That’s what I tell myself all the time–not to buy any more books before I read the ones I already have. But then a new one that sounds great comes out…

  7. My goal is to read more books, if that is humanly possible. Less distractions to do my Art work, if that is humanly possible. Less preparation for teaching if that is humanly possible.
    Get Trump and the Republicans out of the White House and Senate.

  8. My goals are to finally graduate from college by the end of the year. Get an internship. Try not to let my anxiety get to me and enjoy my trip to Greece with my school this summer.
    Have my service dog trained 100%.


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