A new year. I think of it like a new composition book, filled with nice, shiny blank pages. Or maybe more like one of those daily planners that you use to write down your appointments. Blank January 1 and by December 31, so scribbled in and crossed out, with writing in the margins, that it is practically indecipherable.
I expect most of you use your smart phone as a reminder, but I still receive the little planners at the end of the year from various charities I support. I pick the prettiest and toss the rest because I have asked and no one wants one. Frankly, I use it because I haven’t figured out how to add events to my phone’s calendar. Call me a Luddite. I write appointments in it and also on my desk calendar (yes, it is paper, too) and still manage to forget. Thank goodness most doctors’ offices call you a day ahead to remind you.
Most people mark the new year not with a new planner ( I realize I may be alone in this) but with resolutions. I am not making any resolutions this year, particularly the usual ones about starting a diet or exercise program. I walk most mornings and my weight is the lowest it’s been in years, so if I did make a resolution it would be to keep on keepin’ on.
No, this year I am changing how I do business. I have listened to successful authors and taken note of how they do it. I think I have gleaned a few things, foremost of which this year I refuse to throw money away on promotions. There, I said it. If the promotion is not free, such as a review or mention on a blog post, I’m skipping it. I can see no tangible evidence that it does any good except for the person taking your money.
I am going to look deeper into self publishing. If I spend any money it will be for professional editing and cover designs.
I will ask for feedback from my peers and in return offer my assistance. It is easier to spot someone else’s errors than your own.
I will finish my historical trilogy. The first is done, lacking only a cover. So that’s a priority.
I will look at my writing as a business, not a hobby.
Okay, so I listed my resolutions. I’m just not calling them that. I’m calling it a business plan.
And maybe next year I will have more to list on my tax returns than the amount of money it costs to get one good meal at a decent restaurant.
After all, it’s a new year and filled with more possibilities than my planner has blank (for now) pages.