Hogmanay, a word derived from the old Norse language, became the major winter celebration once the Reformation outlawed Christmas in 16th century Scotland. Hogmanay remains a huge party to this day, though the prohibition against celebrating Yule was lifted in the 1950s.
For many, this part of mid-winter is also a time to pause and reflect on the waning year and on plans and goals for the coming year. In the darkest days of winter, it’s refreshing to turn our attention to new starts, opportunities and possibilities.
I’ve had a great year writing and releasing two new titles, and spending time with friends old and new. I’ll be thrilled if the new year brings more of the same for me and whatever you wish for to all of you.
Wherever you are, whatever your celebratory spirit of choice this evening, I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
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?
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. SoI’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!
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?
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Whatever your goals may be, I wish you a happy, healthy, productive and prosperous New Year!
The 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?!?!?
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!
And 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.
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?