The Resolution Post, 2017

I do a post of writing and reading resolutions every year (as you may recall if you’ve been following this thing for a while).  This year was not a good year for completing resolutions.  In fact, I know I failed so completely that I don’t even want to look at the 2016 post to do my usual comparison.  The only one I succeeded on was the Goodreads Challenge of reading 100+ books.  Romance novels and escapism for the win, I guess.

Still, I don’t want to completely give up on the resolution tradition.  In L. M. Montgomery style, I say that 2018 will be a new year with no mistakes in it yet.  That means I have a chance to regroup and maybe actually complete some resolutions this year.  So, here’s what I have:

I have been reading a TON about self-publishing lately and the more I look into it, the more I think it’s for me.  I mean, I don’t see myself as the next J. K. Rowling or Julia Quinn or anything, so I’m actually likely to do better monetarily on my own than in the slush of small titles that come out each year.  Especially considering how dismally small advances have become, etc…, and how legitimized self-publishing has become.

I do have some hindrances for the process – the biggest being that I don’t crank out novels at lightening speed.  But I also am in the luxury position that I don’t need to make a living from my writing.  I’d LIKE to.  But I don’t NEED to.  And mostly I just want my work out there to be read.

So, that’s my resolution this year.  I will format my first novel and send it out to beta-readers, and have it self-published by the end of the year.  In the mean time, on the pretext of learning how to use all the software, I’ll publish a book of short stories.  I also want my second novel ready for beta-reads by the end of the year, although it probably won’t be ready to officially publish until 2019.

And we’ll see how that goes. They’re light goals, but with a baby in tow I’m not sure I want to be more optimistic.  There’s only so much I can do in fits and starts, one handed, while sitting on the couch.  I’m definitely not gonna have the time for the massive search and shuffle of trying to get short stories in magazines.

I’ll throw in the 100+ books on Goodreads again for good measure, but I think we all know that one isn’t going to be hard.

And that’s it.  That’s all the resolutions there are.  Hopefully posting them publicly will keep me on track better than it did last year.

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