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Happy New Year 2021!

Kat Cho

The easiest resolution to make is to finish the books I have under contract. I also want to use this year “off” (e.g. I don’t have any books coming out in 2021) to really work on my craft and get back into the joy of writing again. I want to work on places where I think I’m lacking in my writing and try different methods to work on my craft to see what works best for me!


I also like to make “self-improvement” goals and “reach” goals every year. (My reach goal used to be to get an agent and book deal, so I know it can be done!) Self-improvement Goal: Find a working routine that fits well with my work-from-home lifestyle. Go outside at least once a day (I know, it’s so sad but I legit go multiple days without seeing the sun sometimes). Stop measuring my self-worth through external validation. Reach Goal: Finish a completely new WiP to sell in the beginning of 2022

Akshaya Raman

My writing goal for the year is to draft and revise the sequel to The Ivory Key. My publishing goal is to be really chill going into debut year (we’ll see how chill I actually manage to be!) And my creative goal is to branch out into another medium of writing, maybe taking a screenwriting course or dabbling in poetry which I haven’t written since college! 

Axie Oh

My professional goal is to launch XOXO, my YA romcom out from Harper Teen in July~! Then gear up to launch my YA Fantasy, The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea, which comes out six months after that…my poor hermit sensibilities. As for writing, I hope to draft at least one more book in full!

Creatively, I want to challenge myself in the two genres I’m focused on right now – YA Fantasy and YA Contemporary. For my next fantasy, I want to make sure I write something unique and exhilarating, and though similar to GIRL in some ways, wildly different in others. As for a contemporary novel, I’ve honed in on an idea that I’m excited about, now–to write it!

I also have a personal goal of reading one book by a Korean/Korean American author a month~!

Mara Fitzgerald

My goal is to read more widely and in a larger variety of genres!

that’s all. 

Katy Rose Pool

My professional goals are to finish out The Age of Darkness series and draft a new book.

My creative goals are to identify a specific area of craft that I want to improve and work to develop it!

Melody Simpson

I would like to finish revising my novel, write another novel, write another original Pilot, and write a few short stories. First, I need to recover from COVID and then I can think about all of these goals but I think I can do it! 

Amanda Foody

Because most of the books I’m working on this year are sequels, I don’t have any specific goals for them, other than crafting them to be the best possible versions of themselves. But I do have a specific project that is my creative focus for 2021. My resolution is that by December 31, 2021, it will be a manuscript that I was entirely incapable of writing on January 1st, 2021. So not only does the book need to improve, but my skills do as well! 

Meg RK

I want to improve how quickly I can draft, so of course, I’m hoping to kick off a new project this year! 

Ashley Burdin

I want to finish my current WIP and query it this year. I think I want to try writing a short story too, because I find them SO DAUNTING. Crafting something of that length takes a lot of intention and precision. Even if the end product isn’t incredible, I think I can learn a lot from trying. I’d also like to at least begin drafting something new I’ve had simmering on the back burner for a while. 

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