Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions – October Review

Monthly GDR Review

Fiction
* Complete BACCARA BURNING – not complete but penultimate revision well underway
* Complete new un-named novella from SA course – stalled; placed in queue
* Submit and recycle fiction – complete
* Redraft new short fiction – not done

Poetry
* Complete first of new chapbooks – Leith & SP3; Leith coming on well; SP3 needs illustrations scanned
* Investigate publishers willing to look at back catalogue and future poetry in production – found possible Edinburgh match that would be excellent
* Contacted winner of RR feature PSH prize

Editing
* Prepare RR December issue (17) – complete other than front cover

Freelance
* Keep website updated and relevant – rebranding complete; new crime/paranormal site [www.colingalbraith.co.uk] and new poetry site under pseudonym, Chas Stramash [www.chasstramash.com]
* Develop ideas for new website design and integration with blog – complete
* Develop GGP Boudoir website – Build IP
* Develop Driving School website – IP; need to meet client
* Gig reviews: The Specials (18th), Nobles Bar (20th), John Cooper Clarke (28th) – all complete
* Blogging from the West Port Book Festival (13th-16th) – all complete
* Blogging from Portobello Book Festival (8th & 9th) – complete
* Lit Salon on 25th – unable to attend
* Essay on paranormal/magic fiction for A Biblio Paradise – complete

Marketing / Networking
* Continue to promote the Kindle books and new PP re-release (lunch & eve tweets / facebook) – complete
* Order business cards – complete
* Order more bookmarks – complete
* Visit Edinburgh Bookshop and Elvis Shakespeare – never managed
* Record and publish Podcast #2 – complete and published
* Attend The Sky Project on 27th – postponed due to clash with local school’s Halloween party; new date pending

Reading / Learning
* SIREN by Alison Bruce – IP
* THE FRY CHRONICLES by Stephen Fry — IP
* THE SECRET LIVES OF PEOPLE IN LOVE by Simon van Booy – complete
* AROMABINGO by David Gaffney – IP

Things That Turned Up
* Received offer to meet with Edinburgh literary agent for coffee and chat
* Received offer to have coffee with Edinburgh author: scheduled
* Received offer to meet up with top English poet, Keith Armstrong, for a pint: scheduled
* Received offer to review a ska gig end of October – clashed with previously arranged JCC gig so couldn’t
* Approached Elspeth Murray for advice on working with kids and poetry and she was extremely helpful.

Submissions Activity Summary
Daffodils sent back out
Amanda and Joe sent back out
The English Teacher sent back

Successes
* Rebranding has already seen fresh sales and interest via hits and sign-ups.
* Turning around my websites so fast and incorporating so much multimedia into them in such a short space.
* I’ve turned a page with splitting off my poetry from my main name. I seem to have become more confident at turning things into actual marketing and promo opportunities, and at networking within the community. It’s going to be a good year.

Failures
None really. Maybe could have found more time for actually working on BACCARA but progress is good and there is also a lot of DIY work going on in the background. Mustn’t grumble!

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About Colin Galbraith

Author, poet, music lover, rabbit tamer, fake faller.
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