OK, I make writing resolutions every year. Do they help? Yes, I think they do. It’s good to focus your mind at the beginning of a new year on what you would like to achieve, concentrate on, what you know you can do better. The key is to look at them occasionally. Have I ticked off everything I had on my list last year? no, so one or two of them might appear again. However, looking back at the resolutions I made this time last year, I have published some of my short stories, I have tried harder with my marketing, I have set up an e-mail list. So you see I am trying. Anyway here we go for 2016:
To improve my self marketing is always on my list. Like most self-published authors I hope to be “discovered”, but it isn’t going to happen unless I put the effort in. I need to do more, be more pro-active, savvy and committed to the marketing of my work. I published a new novel “Bleak” at the end of last year. I have paid some money to BGS (BooksGoSocial) for marketing, but I need more reviews and then need to put more effort in myself. I think this is the hardest thing for most self-published authors and therefore we tend to run away from it. I know I still have to figure out where best to spend my limited budget and time.
This ties in with the above. I know it has been successful for some authors, but I also know it is easy to spend money here without much payback. However, I do intend to give it a go in conjunction with my BGS promotion. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Again part of the self-marketing. I struggle to get reviews. I give copies away, chase and cajole. The feedback and reviews I do get are good, I just need more. I also need to follow-up with more peer reviews in online magazines. But in science fiction it seems hard to get those reviews unless you are already a successful author. However, I need to keep trying. Again I’ll let you know.
Plan a story from start to finish
This was on my list last year and I admit I failed. I’m currently writing the third in the trilogy that started with the first book I published. I know where it’s going but have struggled with the detail and in the end I thought just write and see where it takes you (as per Stephen King for anyone whose read his book on writing). But I still want to see if I can plan a novel from start to finish, so it’s back again.
Another from last year. Yes, I have set one up, but it is hardly extensive. I have sent out a newsletter, but only one. So I need to be more pro-active. Many successful, self-published authors tell you this is key to increasing your readership.
More guest blogging
I did the occasional guest blog in 2015. I enjoyed doing them and it does bring new people to my blog. Doing more can only help.
I have already blogged on this. It’s all part of that constant improvement as a writer. Read more, wider, learn and apply.
Find more time
It should be easy – I was lucky enough to retire early and after the first few years where I consulted I am now dedicated to writing. But it is amazing how time disappears in other activities. I tend to write in the mornings and then do other ‘stuff’ in the afternoons. While that does set time aside, I know there are other things that creep into those mornings. So perhaps I need to be more flexible and when I miss a morning I need to make it up.
I can think of more things I could be doing better, more resolutions, when it comes to my writing. But I know if you try to set yourself too many goals it can seem overwhelming and then procrastination creeps in. So whatever your resolutions / goals are for 2016 I wish you well with them. I will no doubt return to mine during the year in this blog.
As always comments are welcome.
Happy New Year