It’s hard to believe that this year is winding down. 2017 has been…different. A year of trials and year of, well, it’s hard to explain.
Professionally, I went into this year with high hopes and a sale to Woman’s World Magazine. This turned out to be the first year in four that I haven’t had a new book out and currently have no books under contract. I’m giving serious consideration to going indie or pursuing an agent. Can’t decide. Then again, maybe both! Hum…. Should I make this a poll question? Now there’s a thought. You are welcome to leave a suggestion in the comments.
The no book thing was a conscious choice. I decided I needed to devote myself to learning the marketing end of the writing business. Instead of writing, I took classes, webinars, read umpteen books, and talked to zillions of other writers who have a better handle on marketing than I do. I am growing by baby steps and I hope the process will bear fruit. We’ll see. This is the part where I ask for reviews. If you have read one of my books, I’d love it if you would leave an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. There are studies that reviews do influence not only new readers but author rankings. Not a bad thing. So, I’m asking if you would take a minute and leave an honest review.
Politics – this year has been so weird does not begin to describe it so I’m not gonna go there – besides, anyone with a Facebook page has already been there and this year, really, politics is a mystery to me.
Personally – it was the year of Hurricane Irma Have you ever evacuated six hundred miles by car with five cats and eleven small birds? It’s an adventure. We went to Destin. The people we met there, and in Ocala on our way back were fantastic. They made the trip worthwhile. We’re planning to go back—without the pressure 😊.
Our house and the surrounding area still look much the same today as they did on September 11th. I’m not complaining though. Our hurricane experience was mild compared to those who suffered under Harvey’s flood waters and Maria’s devastation. At the end of the day, we still had four walls, a dry floor, and a roof, a bit drippy, but a roof none the less. It will all get fixed and there was no loss of life.
Resolutions for 2018 – CELEBRATE like there’s no tomorrow – one thing 2017 taught me, there might not be a tomorrow, so enjoy today. Then I think I’m going to take a page from a Wiccan friend and smug the house with sage. Give it a rebirth. I’m looking forward to making marketing a part of my writing life. Really excited about it, and I’ve got a great new idea for a new book in the Catherine Swope series, a standalone featuring the Florida Keys, and maybe a visit with Hayden Kent.
At my house, we celebrate Christmas. I’m wishing our readers the happiest of their holiday traditions, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanza, Boxing Day, St. Stephens Day, or one I might have missed!
Please share your year with us in the comments.
Let’s catch up in 2018.
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