Are you making resolutions for the coming year?
I'd like to suggest the resolutions be for things YOU control.
For example: have two stories published sounds great!
But you have zero control over what a magazine decides to publish.
What you do have control of is how often you send a story out.
Jeff Somers has written a story every month, in every year since he was 19.
He sends them out on submission on the same kind of schedule.
Some get published, more do not.
BUT he's achieved his goal if he's done the work.
Achieving his goal doesn't depend on someone else.
He'd probably laugh to hear I offer him as role model
for goal setting. And it's true: it's not a goal if it's already
Another example: Land an agent in 2020.
Well, aside from the idea of thinking of me as something you're going to throw in to a smelly boat and hit with a fish bat, I'm all in favor.
BUT you have no control over how fast I read, what I'm looking for, or whether your book is a good fit for me.
What you do have control over is querying. Querying well, and querying widely.
So instead of resolving to land an agent, resolve to make sure your query and querypages are in tiptop shape. Work to make yourself attractive to prospective agents: robust mailing list, polished website, presence in the writing community.
In other words, make your resolution about the work, not the results.
What are my resolutions for 2020?
Read all my requested fulls is one of them.
What's NOT on my resolution list?
Thwart Steve Forti!