What Happens When You Bring 20+ Writers Together?
The Calgary Chapter of RWA (www.calgaryrwa.com) is a small but active group of romance writers who have the stated purpose of helping its members establish and build careers as romance writers. They are the most supportive group of women and one man that I’ve ever met.
We meet monthly on the third Tuesday of the month and annually sponsor two all day events. The spring event usually features a professional in the field who can deepen our understanding of craft. May 12, we are hosting Michael Hague for the day. And then in the fall we bring in an editor and an agent who are willing to share industry information and then take pitches. These two events combined with our regular meetings ensure we grow as authors, have contact with people in the industry and can continue to work toward the chapter’s goal.
We have a Christmas party on the first Tuesday of December. About twenty of our fifty plus members were able to party. Since it was a potluck, there was a wide variety of foods – from salads to potato chips; homemade gluten free cookies to Baklava. We drank lots of water, a bit of wine and a fair bit of soda and coffee. We exchanged Secret Santa gifts and talked and talked and talked. A good time was had by all – especially me.
But the evening also has a more serious intent: we review our accomplishments over the last year and set goals for the coming year. We also track our submissions.
Last year, our group had 150 submissions to agents, authors, and editors. This year, we tallied more than 1000 submissions! Yes you read that right – we are over a thousand submissions over the past twelve months. And we discussed and agreed that we will shoot for more than 2000 in the upcoming year.
It was an amazing feat. And the plan for the upcoming year has each of us energized and motivated.
What have you done either individually or as a group to set goals for 2012? Or do you set so many you run yourself ragged? Are you good at setting goals? Do you keep them? Please share what you’ve learned about yourself and your success from writing and using goals.