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A New Year Begins by Nancy J. Cohen
January 2017

fireworksJanuary means we have to put these items atop our priority lists:
(1) It’s time to gather information for tax returns.
(2) We can clean out files and receipts from eight years ago.
(3) We should review our calendar for the coming year and copy it to our smartphones.
(4) As authors, we need to list our signing events and upcoming appearances on our various social media sites.
(5) We need to prepare for scheduled talks and workshops we’ll be giving.
(6) New Year’s Resolutions are made with the best of intentions. Aside from your personal goals about watching your weight, exercising more, and eating a healthier diet, authors have their own special set of objectives. I divide these into Writing Goals and Business Goals.

Writing goals are those projects you need to complete or new ones you wish to start. It could mean revising backlist titles or doing your first/next audiobook or novella or short story. This involves your creative brain.

Then you have to consider your business goals. Do you wish to increase your mailing list? Attract more readers? Submit your next project to a publisher? Attend a conference? Publish three books in the next year?

As readers, we also set goals. Do we wish to try a new genre? Discover new authors? Read a book a day or five books a week? Participate in online reader forums or post reviews online? Support our local independent bookstore or Friends of the Library?

What are your goals for 2017? How many did you accomplish from 2016?

As the New Year begins, so did my Bad Hair Day Mysteries back in 1999. Leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for a revised ebook copy of Permed to Death, #1 in my mystery series.

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