Resolutions for 2015 That Every Author Should Make

The New Year is a time for renewal. It’s a time when we reassess the year that’s just passed and resolve to make the next one better yet. This is especially true for published authors. Have you made your resolutions for 2015 yet? If not, these tips will help get you started:

  1. Set goals. Seems simple, right? Still, you’d be amazed how often authors make a list of resolutions with no clear set of goals to help them keep their resolutions. Consider these “mini” resolutions – and consider them important.
  2. Facilitate goals. Remove any hurdles that might prevent you from keeping your resolutions. For example, if time is an issue, consider working fewer hours or cutting back on social engagements to make time to meet your goals.
  3. Read. Even after you publish, reading keeps you in touch with your literary side and abreast of the latest bestsellers.
  4. Write. Writing regularly is a reminder to you that you are an author. Feed that need for creativity.
  5. Find your platform. Don’t forget to establish your identity as an author on social media. It’s a great place to gather with other people who share your interests and want to learn more about you and your work.
  6. Connect. Use social media to connect with other authors like yourself. They’ll often have valuable insight on how they achieved their own successes in publishing and marketing.
  7. Find self-love. Embrace your style as an author! You may do things a little differently, but that’s what makes you so special. Find a way to play it up.
  8. Stretch. While you should embrace your true self as an author, it’s always good to step outside of your comfort zone once in a while. Market in places you wouldn’t have considered before, or read/write in genres that are foreign to you.
  9. Follow up. Many authors find that a second book does amazing things for the first book. Resolve in 2015 to write a second book. Maybe a sequel – or maybe something completely different.
  10. Mentor. Offer your wisdom to aspiring writers. You’re now where they would like to be – published! Isn’t that a nice thought? It’ll feel good to show a newbie the ropes as they negotiate the writing and publishing process.
  11. Release the press! Resolve to use press releases early and often. Remember, they’re not just for announcing book releases. They can be useful in boosting sales when you’ve hit an important benchmark – big sales, good reviews, awards and more.
  12. Get materialistic. Marketing materials like business cards, posters (for bookstore and library use), bookmarks and more are extremely inexpensive to produce, but they provide potential readers with a memorable way to find you and your book.
  13. Make yourself accessible. If you don’t already provide readers, media contacts and others several ways in which to contact you, get cracking on it. The easier you can be reached by important movers and shakers, the better your chances of moving forward as a successful author.
  14. Anticipate selling opportunities. Opportunities to promote and sell your book are abound. Resolve to have your “author hat” on at all times so you can recognize these openings – then be bold and act on them!

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