*Nina slides in breathless*

I know I’m very late getting back to my blog after the holidays. It just seems I’m having a hard time rolling into 2012. I don’t have any more excuses reasons than any other woman who has a family and holiday responsibilities. Yep, Mr. Nina and I¬†managed to have a wonderful Christmas morning with our kids. They are adults, but we still keep up all the *Santa* traditions we’ve held on to since they were children. It was fun.

We drank a lot of wine. Ate too much food. And laughed continuously.

Now it’s time to settle into 2012. So here I am, sitting before my computer and a blank calendar. As 2011 came to a close I realized I needed to reassess and really look at what I hoped 2012 would bring. One of the things I’m already doing is cutting back on the number of RWA Chapters I belong to. Though each one was wonderful, I found there were more emails than helpful information coming through. Out they go.

As I always do, I’m looking at my blogging time. With the explosion of social media, I think fewer and fewer people are finding time to stop by blogs. But it seems I go ’round and ’round this ride and keep coming back to the fact that I enjoy it for the most part. I think more than anything it’s my opportunity to spew about my life. Whether it’s good or bad, I can kick sand or jump for joy with people who understand the publishing journey. So for now, I’m sticking to my Mon-Wed-Fri schedule. I hope to fill the year with some fun and humor, introductions to new authors, and keeping up on the latest in the publishing world.

But the biggest decision I’ve come to is about my writing. I’m an analytical person. I couldn’t stop myself from looking at the market and studying other successful authors. I’ve tried to emulate them, not in their writing style or voice or anything, but how they handled their career. And after six years I’ve come to realize in the end it’s done nothing but frustrate me. This BLOG POST really opened my eyes. Especially numbers 17, 18, and 19. There is just too much I can’t control. And many times something one author does that skyrockets their books to the bestseller list, rarely translates over to another author’s success. Trust me on this one. I know it from experience.

So my goal this year is to slow down. Stop chasing the money and just write what works for me. I’m convinced the money will follow. Does this mean I’m rolling over and not being logical about my marketing? No. It just means I’m going to stop trying to recreate other people’s success.

Oh, and I’ve also decided I’m going to figure out this weight situation that has gotten out of control. Not sure how it’s going to work since I’m spending more time in the electric wheelchair, but I’m thinking there’s got to be a balance between feeding my body and expanding my waistline when exercise isn’t an option. Hmmm, wish me luck on that one.

So what about you? Do you have goals for 2012?

0 Responses to Ringing in the New Year with New Goals

  • I totally agree with you NIna. I tried chasing the market this year and ended up only selling the stuff I loved writing as opposed to forced out of my brain.

    best of luck to you and keep up your amazing work! I love your books.
    Liz

    • Liz – It’s a hard lesson to learn and I’m still thinking in terms of what “they” are looking for LOL! Yeeeeah, already my resolution isn’t working.I guess it’s going to take time to change my thought process.

      And thanks for the compliment on my books!

  • I’m with you, girl. There is no rhyme or reason so I’m writing for myself and my deeply disturbed fans. I’ve read stuff from the Kindle top 100 that sucks eggs – literally – and yet, there it is. The secret? Who the heck knows? Gaming the system? I hate to think readers are that stupid. But then I remember P.T. Barnum….

    • Julia – I’d like to think people aren’t gaming the system, but I suspect it happens more often than we’d like to think. And yeah, sometimes those top sellers are questionable. But you and I seem to always agree on that one, Julia. Here’s hoping 2012 is awesome for both of us!

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