2018! How did that happen? I really do need to find a way of slowing down time but until then I have been thinking about the things that I’d like to make happen this year – assuming it’s here long enough for me to get started!
2018 is a big year for me because it was ten years ago that I started my blog. Have a look HERE at my very first post. Back then I was trying to keep up with technology so that I didn’t get overtaken by my kids. I’m not sure how successful I was in that but I do now have a whole archive, recording my thoughts over the last ten years which is interesting to me if no one else. There are over 500 posts to look back on which is almost one a week for all that time.
This year is also when my books will be published by Lake Union, an imprint of Amazon Publishing which also happens to own the biggest bookshop on the planet. When I started writing novels in 2010 my goal was to have someone in publishing tell me that my book was good. I’m not sure how I expected that ambition to manifest itself but I think I’m there. So now I need a new goal.
Therefore, in 2018, as well as publishing two and possibly three books ( depending on the schedule) I want to work on building up my author world. That means finding more effective ways of communicating with my readers so that I write the stuff that they want to read.
Until now, I have been to do nervous to do this, assuming that no one would be interested in what I might have to say but I have given myself a stern talking to and will try to be much braver. I have started to tentatively build my Instagram platform and will be publishing a monthly newsletter with insights into my writing life, things that I find interesting and entertaining as well as sharing news about my books.
On top of all that, I am in the process of rebuilding my website and hopefully I will be able to do the big reveal very soon.
So, whether you have been with me for ten years or have just joined up, I hope that you’ll stick around to see how I make all this happen in 2018. Here’s to our best year yet.