New Year’s Resolutions are becoming passe. That’s because most people rarely keep their resolutions. By mid-January, most people have fallen off the proverbial wagon when it comes to their New Year’s declarations.
I think making resolutions is a necessary ingredient for success. The key is to make resolutions that are reasonable and attainable. One can make resolutions (goals) at anytime during the year. Since we are entering a new year, now is a great time to determine to take the next step in your journey. I encourage you to consider the following resolutions I think every author should make and keep this year.
1. Get Connected.
Writing may be a solitary activity, but nothing else about producing and marketing a book is. Successful authors know that being connected to a community of authors and readers is essential. Authors benefit from a community that encourages them and gives them honest feedback. Connections provide opportunities. We were not created to exist in isolation.
If you are not connected to a group of authors and readers, make it your goal this year to get connected. Join a local writer’s group or an online writing group. Join an association like Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) where the collective group bring opportunities you would not have as a solo flyer. Become a member of a book social networking community like Goodreads, LibraryThing, or Booklikes.
2. Keep Learning.
When we stop learning, we stop growing. Scientists will tell you that you must use your brain, or you will lose your brain. Learning keeps us fresh and on the top of our game. With the rapid changes in publishing and technology, authors who don’t keep learning risk extinction.
There are many places to continue your learning. You can attend a writers conference. (I encourage you to check out the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. I will be presenting at both this year.) Read industry blogs (including this one). Watch online webinars and on-demand seminars related to publishing and marketing books (Marketing Christian Books University offers some good on-demand seminars). Read books related to publishing and marketing (including mine if you have not yet read it).
3. Write More.
Set aside time to write each day. Writing only improves with practice. Additionally, the research shows that authors who write and produce multiple books sell more copies overall than one-time authors. So, keep writing, keep producing books.
4. Increase Your Marketing Activities.
Few authors promote enough. Most authors find marketing difficult. After all, you are a writer, not a marketer. But, marketing is required if you want to sell books. So, aim to increase the number of marketing activities you are doing on a daily basis. If you are not engaging in at least one marketing activity everyday, make it your goal to do so in 2017. If you are already doing one marketing activity a day, increase it to two. Put more effort into promoting your books and watch for the results.
5. Be Thankful.
Research shows that thankful people are happier people. Happier people are more productive. Researchers at the University of Warwick found that happy employees are on average 12% more productive than non-happy employees. So make it your New Year’s resolution to be thankful, and productivity will follow.
Every author can benefit from making these five New Year’s resolutions. Just do it and make 2017 your best year yet as an author!
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