Resolutions for 2016 That Every Published Author Should Make

For those who have reached their goal to publish a book this year, the New Year is a time of celebration. But why stop there? This year, resolve to refine your writing life, promote the book(s) you’ve published, and get started on your next project! These tips will get the ball rolling.

New Year’s Resolutions for Published Authors

  1. Set goals. It’s nearly impossible to keep those lofty resolutions without clear goals. If your resolution is to finish and publish another book in 2016, make sure you break that resolution down into concrete, manageable steps.
  2. Make writing a priority. Take a break from TV and social media, and set aside a time to write every day. It’ll feed your creative side and improve your craft!
  3. Read, read, read. The number one piece of advice best-selling authors offer to other writers is to read as much and as widely as possible.
  4. Create your author platform. Learn how to put popular social media platforms to work for you! If you’re not sure how to get started or how to make connections with your target audience, Outskirts Press can help with the Author Platform Set-up option.
  5. Cross-promote. Use social media or other writing groups to connect with other authors to share marketing ideas, publishing tips, promote each other’s work, and make the “solitary” life of a writer a little less lonely.
  6. Embrace a good critique. If you want to improve your craft but find it difficult to be objective about your work or spot the flaws in your writing, consider joining a critique group. Constructive criticism is a writer’s best friend!
  7. Try something new. Those who have published memoirs may try their hand at fiction this year, or a how-to author might experiment with poetry. (Stretching your creative wings is never a waste of time.)
  8. Follow up. Many authors find that a second book does amazing things for the first book in terms of sales and publicity. Resolve in 2016 to write a sequel or something completely different!
  9. Release the press! Press releases are an effective tool for announcing new book releases, and they can also be useful when you’ve hit an important benchmark – big sales, good reviews, awards, contests, and more.
  10. Stop comparing your achievements with others. Embrace your own style and remember, each author’s journey is unique. Besides, as Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
  11. 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.
  12. Writing consultation. Stuck in a rut? The Writing Consultation service from Outskirts Press will help you restart or fine-tune your writing and get your book back on track. This service gives you time with a professional, skilled writer to address any writing issues you are experiencing, along with valuable advice and a plan of action for moving forward.
  13. Be on the lookout for marketing opportunities. Resolve to wear your “author hat” at all times this year and don’t miss out on important occasions to promote and sell your book. Recognize these openings-and then be bold and act on them.
  14. Giveaways. Build your readership in 2016 by giving readers something for free-a sample chapter on your website for those who join a mailing list, or a free book through a Twitter “name my next character” contest. Whatever the giveaway, you’ll be creating a buzz for your book!

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Resolutions for 2016 That Every Aspiring Author Should Make

What’s YOUR goal for 2016? The New Year is a time to reassess the previous year and resolve to make the next one better yet, and this is especially important for writers. Here are some tips to get you started!

New Year’s Resolutions for Aspiring Authors

  1. Set goals. It’s nearly impossible to keep a lofty resolution without clear goals. If your resolution is to finish your memoir in 2016, make sure you break that resolution down into concrete, manageable steps.
  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. Make writing a priority. Take a break from TV and social media, and set aside a time to write every day. Whether you post creatively on Twitter or write your spouse a juicy love letter, regular writing will feed your creative side and improve your craft!
  4. Read, read, read. The number one piece of advice best-selling authors offer to other writers is to read as much and as widely as possible.
  5. Become a social media guru (or at least master the basics!). If you want to publish your book, you’ll need to learn how to use popular social media platforms to connect with your target audience. (Or let Outskirts Press help with the Author Platform Set-up option.)
  6. Research. Get to know more about the topics you’ll be writing about. You can chip away at this a little each day and amass quite a lot of knowledge over a year!
  7. Connect with other writers. This year, resolve to use social media or in-person or online writing groups to connect with other writers. Share publishing tips, encourage and inspire each other, and make the “solitary” life of a writer a little less lonely.
  8. Embrace a good critique. If you want to improve your craft but find it difficult to be objective about your work or spot the flaws in your writing, consider joining a critique group. Constructive criticism is a writer’s best friend!
  9. Learn to love rewrites. Make rewrites, edits, and revisions a normal part of the writing process. It helps to set your work aside for a few weeks before tackling revisions, but trust us…it’s worth doing.
  10. Try something new. Feeling uninspired by the romance novel you’re working on? Mix things up and experiment with writing in other genres. It may reignite your passion for the romance novel, and stretching your creative wings is never a waste of time!
  11. Stop comparing your achievements with others. Every writer wants to be a published author, but each author’s journey is unique. Concentrate on your own goals, and remember what Teddy Roosevelt once said: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
  12. Writing consultation. Stuck in a rut? The Writing Consultation service from Outskirts Press will help you jump-start or fine-tune your writing and get your book back on track. This service gives you time with a professional, skilled writer to address any writing issues you are experiencing, along with valuable advice and a plan of action for moving forward.
  13. Learn about self-publishing. The more you know about the industry, the easier it is to navigate. Do your research and learn what you’re getting into. Odds are it’s not nearly as scary a process as you imagined.
  14. Embrace your style! As a writer, you may do things a little differently, but that’s what makes you so special – and it may be what sets you apart and helps you sell books later on. Find a way to play it up.

Still feel like there’s more to do? Stay tuned: We’ve got more ideas to help you set resolutions that will make you happier, more creative and more successful in 2016.

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