Less Undone in 2021

It goes without saying that this past year has hampered many of our ambitions or stopped them altogether in some instances. That goes particularly for my writing.

Yes, I’ve accomplished some things, like receiving a verbal agreement to have my second novel in the series, Escape from the Immortals, published next summer. And I published a review on classicalpost.com that’s been given a favorable reception (See Other Writings).

But moving to Poughkeepsie, NY cost me the momentum gained in promoting my writing career in Minnesota. Those natural social integrators like writers’ groups, author conferences, even the occasional beer at the local bar grew scarce and then non-existent because of Lyme’s disease and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social media has filled the gap somewhat, but the disconnect between me and my readers remains. Hell, outside of a few individuals I know personally, I’m not sure who those readers are.

That’s why I attended Alessandra Torre‘s webinar, “Hit Your Author Goals in 2012,” yesterday evening. Though she imparted much useful goal-oriented information as she always does along with strategies to achieve those goals, her most useful exercise may have been in identifying three areas for improvement in the upcoming year. Mine are:

  • Write two books
  • Create a spreadsheet to track expenses and income
  • Become more knowledgeable

These may be difficult, but they seem achievable. I’ve already started on the third book in the series and Alessandra has sent those who attended last night a downloaded version of her spreadsheet to use as a guide. I’m seriously planning to attend her mini-webinar in January and more reading of authors in my genre, occult/paranormal thrillers, should increase my knowledge of what successful, (i.e., selling more books) authors do to that end.

As a result, 2021 looks more promising already. Have you thought what your goals and ambitions are for the upcoming year? And more importantly, how to achieve them? If so, let me know in the Comments section below.

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