OUT with the Old…IN with the New

So Long 2013!

How do I sum up a year in which I achieved a lifelong dream and became a bestselling, multi-published author, with even more books under contract?

WOW!

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So where do I go from here, now that I’ve checked several major items off my Bucket List? Quit while I’m ahead?  Not likely!

Keep on keepin’ on…

I still have “authorly” goals to achieve  And I’ve learned a few things along the way.  So I’ve organized new goals into this OUT/IN list, based on what I think didn’t work, or what could have worked better, during the past year. Some of the IN list might also work for you, but I’d love to hear your ideas as well!

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OUT                                        IN

Uncertainty                          Resolve

Procrastination                   At least two hours a day spent writing books

Endless Social Media         Targeted social media and my monthly Newsletter

Blog tours                             My blog

Book signings                      ‘Signed book’ prizes for my Readers & Newsletter Subscribers

Do it all myself                    Hire an assistant

Do it all myself                    Street Team

Do it all myself                    Collaborate on marketing with other authors in my genres 

Traditionally published     Hybrid:  traditionally and indie published

2 books a year                       At least 2 books a year

Write in 1 genre                    Write in at least 1 other genre

Too much sitting                 At least 3 hours of exercise a week

What do you plan to change for the better in 2014?

Leave a comment below, and you might win a signed copy of one of my books!

Whatever your goals may be, I wish you a happy, healthy, productive and prosperous New Year!

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Hello 2014!

Ready or Not! 2013, Here We Go!

IMG_0794The old year is on the way out and the new year is approaching at light speed.  Where has the time gone?  I don’t know about you, but this is one holiday that always gets me thinking. As the old year fades, what do we take away from 2012?

2012 has been a year of amazing firsts for me.
  • I signed my first book contract (Highland Healer) in March.
  • My first book cover arrived in April.  Isn’t it great?!?!?HighlandHealer_7077_750
  • I spent the summer working through revisions and galleys with my fabulous first editor.
  • Highland Healer went live first on Amazon in October.
  • It hit it’s first Amazon’s bestseller list within 2 weeks.
  • It hit #1 in several categories during its November free days, number #11 overall.
  • And it rebounded onto the paid Kindle bestseller lists within a day of coming off the free lists and into the top 500 paid Kindle books.

It’s hard to say goodbye to any of those firsts, but they’re part of my professional history now, along with the past year.  Thanks to my readers, my debut book is off to a great start!

IMG_0651And then there are those new beginnings.  We love our clean slates, don’t we?  Fresh starts.  The chance to embark, unencumbered by last year’s thinking, on new adventures.  Branching paths that lead – where?  We can’t wait to find out.

At least that’s how it always seems to me.
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Like a fireworks burst frozen in glass – Dale Chihuly exhibit, Seattle

In 2013, I’ll be here, giving my keyboard a workout, letting my thoughts wander and my imagination run free – within the constraints of whatever outline I’ve devised for my current work-in-progress.

I’ll also be attending several conferences which always provide inspiration.  There have been unanticipated benefits to every conference I’ve attended, so I’m looking forward to the ones coming up in 2013.

And of course, I’m hoping to see another book in print, and another finished and ready to go.  Time will tell!

As you contemplate the coming year, what are you hoping for?  Anticipating?  Expecting?  What path will you tread on your way to your goals, your dreams?

Let’s make 2013 the best year yet!