2021 Goals – First Quarter

It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a memorable year thus far, but it has also been a productive year for me. Including pre-orders set to release this month and in December, I have released a total of thirteen books this year! One was a collaboration with my friend Crystal Crawford, and a few were previously written, so I had to rewrite some sections and edit them to release. Others were entirely written, edited, and released this year.

I was busy, but I know it is unreasonable to think I can maintain that production level and my sanity at the same time. What does that mean for M. J. Padgett Books? Well, only that I will be focusing on two specific series this year, but I might throw in another installment of a different series here and there to keep things fun.

2020 Book Releases by M. J. Padgett Books

My goals for the first quarter of 2021 include the release of The Heart of The Darkness, the seventh and final book in The Immortal Grimm Brothers’ Guide to Sociopathic Princesses. That is available for preorder now and will release on January 1.


I am working through the outline for The Prince of Sorrow and Darkness, the third and final book in The History of Goranin trilogy. I hope to have it ready for release in the summer.

I hope to get a head start on planning the Grimm spin-off series, Tales from the Immortal Black Forest. This series is a second-generation series that begins a little while after The Heart of The Darkness. It will also follow a different writing style, but each book will have its own plot conclusions while also carrying a longer-running arc through the series, much like the original series.

After The History of Goranin trilogy is complete, I will begin planning the next book in the franchise Archives of the Ancient Kingdoms. The History of Nelaravore will be up next and take us back in time to events that happened before those in The History of Goranin!

Those are the plans from now until March, but don’t be surprised if I decide to throw in some kind of young adult romantic comedy or a stand-alone novel just for fun! Only time and my scattered brain will tell!

What are your plans for the coming year? This year has been challenging for many, and I hope next year treats us all much better. I think it’s important to strive for our goals even when it seems pointless, so let’s dig in and get it done!

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