by Linsey Lanier
Happy New Year, everyone! And welcome to our month-long anniversary party.
What did I learn while I was on vacation over the holidays? That if I could stay at home all day, I’d spend most of my time marketing and wouldn’t get any more writing done than I normally do. Sigh.
I really meant to write more. But every time I sat down at my computer, I was tempted by Twitter, fascinated by Facebook, beguiled by blogs, and enthralled by email (how many Yahoo groups am I a member of now?)
Okay, enough silly alliteration. What am I going to do about it? Ah, a New Year’s resolution!
And so my New Year’s resolution (or revelation) for 2012 is…WRITE MORE (I NEED to WRITE MORE). Duh! As an Indie pubbed author, putting out books is my lifeline.
And while I was out surfing the Net in 2011, I came across these screaming reminders of that fact:
J.A. Konrath, in one of my favorite posts of his, Are You Writing? says:
“I’ve got some bad news for you.
Right now, you’re reading one of the most relevant, controversial, popular, and opinionated blogs about the world of publishing, and it is an epic fail on your part.”
He’s so cute. But why it is an epic fail? Because, Konrath goes on to explain, he’s got over 40 books out (more now), other top indie sellers have 11, 20, or more. That’s why they are successful and indies with fewer books–not so much. I’d better get busy.
And then there’s this kicker by Lee Tobin McClain in The Key to Success: Write More! “Artistic and scientific achievers from Picasso to Da Vinci didn’t succeed more, percentage-wise, than other now-unknown creators of their eras; they simply produced more, and thus had more successes.”
That post is an eye-opener. I recommend checking it out. (To those of you who are not writers, note that McClain’s statement applies not only to the other arts, but to anything you want to do well, especially any highly competitive field. Like blogging.)
And finally, courtesy of Dean Wesley Smith, the first two of Robert Heinlein’s Business Rules:
1) You must write.
2) You must finish what you write.
Check out the above post for the rest of the rules.
So you won’t be seeing me much on Facebook and Tweeter during the first part of the 2012. Instead (barring the unforeseen), I’ll be working on these projects:
- The third book in the Miranda’s Rights Mysteries series – Are wedding bells in store for Miranda and Parker?
- Finish the final revision of Chicago Cop (A Mystery) – A police thriller featuring GUTS team lead Lieutenant Maggie Delaney, a tough cop searching for meaning in her life.
- A new, humorous paranormal romance about a factory worker who gets coerced into becoming an international assassin.
So what will you be doing this year? What books will you be reading or writing?
Leave a comment and in honor of our anniversary, I’ll pick a winner to receive both a $5 Amazon gift card and a free copy of SOMEONE ELSE’S DAUGHTER (A Miranda’s Rights Mystery) on Smashwords.