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New Year’s Resolutions for Readers and Writers

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I do. Indeed, I can get a little carried away with them because I like goals and targets and planning. But when I get carried away, the actual execution can become a little overwhelming. So I am learning to be more strategic with my New Year’s resolutions.

Reading

I don’t know about you, but I have a TBR (To Be Read) pile that is so tall and precarious it could put someone in the hospital if it crashes. Of course, some of it is a metaphorical pile, since much of the fiction is in the form of ebooks, and I just shudder at the thought of my ereader crashing. Excuse me a moment while I go have an anxiety attack.

Book Journals?

Part of my TBR pile issue is that I lose track of what I have and haven’t read yet. Do you keep a journal or list of books you have read? I am toying with that idea and would love to hear what works for you. Just a list? A list with thoughts on the book? Who you think would like the book so you remember who to recommend it to?

My Reading Resolution!

I will shrink the ratio between how many books I buy and how many books are in my TBR pile. I may still buy faster than I can read, but I resolve to cut that ratio in half. So, for the sake of easy math, if I buy 10 books this year (she falls on the ground laughing at the thought of only buying 10 books in one year), then only 5 of those will be on my TBR pile at the end of the year.

Yes, for me that will be an improvement. As you have probably just surmised, I am a bit of a biblioholic. I’m working on it. OK, no, I am not working on it. I am just working on trying to read them faster.

Reviews

Do you leave reviews for books you have read? Since I have started writing, I have learned just how critical reviews are to helping other people find a book. And not just good reviews. Any reviews!

Reviews in Amazon and GoodReads, and everywhere else one can leave book reviews, help people know what books they want to look for. But when people are browsing by category online (still so much easier in person!), simply having reviews improves the odds that the ever-changing Amazon algorithm will show you a book to begin with. If you don’t know a book exists, it doesn’t matter how perfect it is for you, and that too sad to contemplate.

My Review Resolution!

I have not been good enough about leaving reviews. One of my resolutions this year is to leave more reviews. On Amazon, on GoodReads, you name it. I need to be a better supporter of my fellow readers and writers. I have read so many fabulous books this past year, and I want other people to be able to find those books, too!

Writing

This is where I can get too carried away for my own good. There is so much to be done! Not only the actual writing and editing of words but also book covers, marketing, and the website, oh my!

It is very easy to get overwhelmed with everything. So I am going to be focused and strategic this year. I will not try to do everything.

My Publishing Resolution!

I will get my first book out to the public this spring. It is a romantic suspense that was super-fun to write, and it is almost ready to go! Click to read more about A Dangerous Education.

My Writing Resolution!

The next story I plan to draft is a historical romance about a Dutch woman in early 1700s Schenectady, New York, who woos her love with her divine baking skills. She is renowned for making the best koekjes in New Netherland. I think I gained 5 pounds just writing that. There will also be lots of action and adventure (and steamy romance) to work off the koekje calories.

Stuck?

If you are struggling to get started on your New Year’s resolutions (and how to follow through on them), here is some help from Gretchen Rubin. I love her work on the four tendencies and how they shape our relationship to getting things done.

Please Tell Me About Your Resolutions!

What are your reading and/or writing New Year’s resolutions? Other types of resolutions? I would love to know down in the comments! Share your ideas and help others (including me) who are still working on theirs!

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