How Are Those Writing Resolutions Coming?

We are now approximately one month into 2021. It’s a good time to take a moment and assess how well your New Year’s resolutions are coming. On January 1, everybody talks about them, but then we all seem to forget very quickly. How often do we follow up on those things?

Because I announced my resolutions publicly this year, it only seems fair to tell you all how I am doing. My first resolution was to write at least 500 words of fiction a day until the first draft of the current manuscript is complete. So far, I have managed (somehow) to keep up with that. John and my latest fantasy novel Prophecy’s Malignant Son just passed the 80,000 word mark and is in the home stretch. We are hoping to have the first draft finished by March. An artist friend is currently creating the book cover.

My second resolution was to learn more about book marketing. I haven’t done as much of that yet as I should. I’ve signed up for some KDP classes on Amazon, but I don’t feel like I have a real understanding of marketing yet.

My third resolution was to develop a marketing strategy for the new book. Sadly, I am falling down on this one so far. How to market a novel without spending a ton of money is still a mystery. Writing is easy for me; marketing is not.

As a side note, I am pleased to announce that John and I made enough on our book sales in 2020 to be required to report the income on our taxes. WooHoo! Though I must confess that the IRS sets a low bar for what must be reported — a very low bar — so the need to report is not quite as cool as it first seems. But it will still be exciting to report income as authors. We’re professionals now!

My fourth resolution was to come up with an outline for the next book and to start writing it by June. I’ve already started playing with story ideas, and I should be able to meet this goal.

And finally, I resolved to keep writing this blog every Friday. So far so good!

Talk to you next week!

-Susan 1/29/2021

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