Happy New Year to our readers!
New Year’s resolutions for bookworms and authors are vastly different though there are some similarities. The most popular tune that I hear is, “I’m going to read more,” which is always a good thing. Other people also set some pretty generic ones such as, “eat less junk food, eat more veggies, save more money, and what not.” I wholeheartedly support these goals as well.
Today, #Romancelcass authors share what’s their New Year’s resolutions. It’s been a blast hearing their plans and goals to achieve.
As an author, I promise to keep my writing fun. This year I’ve been so stressed thinking about how slow I’m writing, how I could never seem to finish anything, or how I couldn’t seem to fit the mold – that I have to actually remind myself that this isn’t a chore. I started writing because I genuinely enjoy it and couldn’t help but. I still go on guilt trips when I end up writing for a day, and then stop for days after, but I’ve accepted that this is something that I am going through right now, and I wish to overcome it in 2017.
As a reader, my goal is to keep reading, to keep discovering new authors, and to keep sharing the love.
Self-publishing my first book in 2016 was an exhilarating experience, and I can’t wait to do it all over again. Here are some of the things I hope to accomplish this 2017:
1. Write three new novels.
I used to think writing was all about being creative. When I decided to take it seriously, I learned that it also has a technical side–one that involves word count trackers, spreadsheets, and a bunch of techniques I used to find boring. After learning so many things, I can’t wait to apply them to become a better and faster writer.
2. Be more active in the online book community.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who stares at all the witty tweets on my timeline wondering if I have anything worthwhile to say. There are times when I want to jump into conversations, but I hold myself back. All because I’m afraid of coming across as an awkward potato.
Then again, the people in the online book community are some of the kindest and smartest I’ve ever come across. Also, there’s nothing wrong with being overly enthusiastic about books. I mean, books are awesome. What’s there to be afraid of?
3. Publish three novels.
My love for the whole self-publishing process knowns no bounds. Discovering new ways to get people to read my books without (hopefully) being annoying while staying true to myself. The stress that overpowers you before you read a new review. The thrill that, hey, people are spending their hard-earned money and time to read your writing. It’s the best.
I’ve once been told that the purpose of life is not to be happy, but to do good things. Those words have not left me since I heard it, but I resolve to be more conscious of the message. Sometimes I forget. I also resolve to find hope in the little things, because these small parts make up the whole. I resolve to find the thin line between motivation and unnecessary pressure, for my sanity’s sake. I resolve to dive into more stories, create more of my own, and be braver in sharing them. I resolve to try more new things, and do more of the things that matter. I resolve to be kinder, and to make more effort with people. I resolve to not wait for another New Year to adjust and make changes and take chances. Because time moves in waves and tides, not within calendar boxes. And time has the habit of leaving people behind.
For this year, I have 6 books planned, plus some novellas. I want to continue building my newsletter. My goal is to hit 25,000 on my newsletter list. I’m halfway there, with some awesome promos coming up in the first quarter of 2017. Also, I’d like to work on improving my writing. I pumped out few books last year. I want to work on refining my style to make the books even more enjoyable for my readers 🙂 My ultimate goal is to get a BookBub this year!
Overall is to hit a USA today list with my self-pubbed romances. Life in general goal is just to keep my family healthy and happy!
Miren Flores, author of Prep and Prejudice, and Loveless. Childless. Clueless.
“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”
I’m stealing from Diane von Furstenberg. Thank you for this thought, and for the ever-forgiving wrap dress.
Be my own best friend. That’s my mantra for 2017. I’m single and I live on my own, so you’d think I’d be especially good at this. Apparently not! I resolve to spend fewer nights eating weird things while standing over the kitchen sink and take myself out for a nice meal and a glass (or two) of wine instead. I pledge to make the effort to go see and do things that really interest me (and put that TV series marathon on hold…just for a teeny-weeny bit). And I will spend less time listening to that annoying voice that magnifies every painful, white-night thought–and maybe give it a piece of my mind instead.
Because that’s the kind of stuff you’d do with your best friend. And for her. Here’s to getting to know–and love–ourselves better. Happy 2017, World.
Ana Tejano, author of Fall Like Rain, and It’s a Match
My 2017 resolution/goal is all about art. 2016 was difficult year for a lot of us, and I figured late into the year that these times are the best times to immerse yourself and create all kinds of art because that’s how we find a connection to each other. I plan to write and release two new books, and continue to support the #romanceclass community in all ways that I can. I also want to keep on watching local productions, and talk about it more so more people can find out about it, and hopefully help people get better access to it. Also, I want to read more outside of what I read in 2016 – more romance, more of other genres, and more of new authors from places new to me. All this, and just a general better at adulting goal in 2017 – be healthier in all aspects, better financial things, and driving on my own and surviving crazy Manila traffic.