I’m getting off to a great start here.
This was supposed to be my regularly scheduled Friday blog–but it’s been a long week and for most of the day yesterday, I wasn’t even sure it was Friday. Fortunately for me, I’m probably the only one who noticed I didn’t post anything yesterday.
Ironically, today’s post is about New Year’s resolutions.
Nope, I’m not resolving to stick to a regular blogging schedule. I’m terrible with schedules. I hate having to be in a certain place at a certain time. After fourteen traditionally-published novels, I couldn’t make it in that world if my life depended upon it. I would have been sued for breach of contract long before now.
I’ve missed doctor appointments because I forget I have them. I don’t make appointments to get my hair cut–I go to a place that doesn’t require one. (Okay, yes, I’ve had a few stinker cuts and have been on the verge of throttling the stylist–but that can happen in an upscale salon, too!)
But I’m getting off track here. Resolutions. Normally, I don’t make any. Resolutions, like rules, seem made to be broken. But this year, I think a few are in order:
1. No more blogging schedule. I’m pretty sure most of my followers (thanks, guys!) either subscribe or see it on their blogrolls or my Facebook and Twitter links.
2. Less time online. All play and no work makes for a writer who doesn’t publish anything–and I have enough of a struggle in that area. What used to come easily is now like going across the Atlantic from the US to Europe in a rowboat.
3. More focused marketing. None of us can be everywhere all the time, so I’m sticking with what’s worked best for me: Facebook–commenting in places where I actually have something to contribute, and not just hanging out in writers groups. Posting reviews on Amazon–and not just for books. Remember the tried-and-true advice on finding a life partner? Look for them by doing things you enjoy doing. If you meet people who enjoy the same things you do, there’s a good chance they’re going to enjoy your books, too.
I post smartass comments on Facebook pages for pro wrestling and soap operas. They get noticed. Go figure.
Did you make any resolutions? What are they?