Happy New Year! This week, the Romance Writers Weekly crew are asked by Brenda Margriet, “This is the time of year to set goals. But I think it is important make sure those goals are realistic and achievable, or all we do is set ourselves up for failure. What achievable goals are you setting for yourself this year?”
New Year’s resolutions never really work for me. Realistic goals…maybe. As an author, I’ve never set out to write X number of novels in a year. With a full time job, and royalty payments at 35¢ on a dollar, it’s not worth the stress. I’d have to sell almost 2K books to even cover a ticket to the Romance Writers National Conference!
The last couple of years I’ve struggled with that aspect of being a writer in a unlimited sea of authors. Getting a review is like pulling teeth, even when you give books away.
It seems there are more authors than readers these days. My son was an avid reader until a smart phone offered instantaneous gratification. I am by no means immune to its spellbinding allure. Whatever your interests are, cute animal videos, football, politics, etc., all are just a click away and down the rabbit hole you go.
My goal this year will be to write for personal pleasure and hopefully finish a couple of works in progress. I also want to avoid the time suck of social media, except for staying on the grid as an author.