A Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions 2017

New Years 2017It’s 2017. A new year. And you know what that means…. It’s time to make some New Year’s Resolutions!

The thing about me and New Year’s Resolutions, though? I tend to forget about them a few days after I make them.

That’s why this year, I’m posting my resolutions on this blog for all to see. At the end of the year, I’ll revisit the list. When I do, it will either be a celebration in which I congratulate myself on following through on all my promises, or a shamefaced apology in which I publicly kick myself for letting things slip. But it’s a new year and I’m feeling positive, so I’m betting on the celebration!

Here are my resolutions for 2017:

1. Write more books

This is the big one. If I accomplish nothing else on this list, I want to accomplish this one. My most recent book, Deadly Evidence, was published back in April 2016. I’m now preparing my next book for publication, and it’s already 2017. That’s a long time between books. I know you want the books to come out more frequently, and I want the same thing.

Can I produce more books, more quickly, at the same quality? I believe I can. So that’s my first and biggest resolution—publish more books, at least three in 2017.

2. Blog regularly

As you may have noticed, this blog doesn’t see a lot of updates. I think that’s a missed opportunity. A blog is a great tool for connecting with readers. I want to keep you informed about what I’m doing, and hopefully entertain and inform you. I think it would be great to provide a website that you enjoy visiting. Ideally on a regular basis—at least weekly.

I have a plan for this one, which I will reveal to you next week!

3. Get more active on social media

Facebook and Twitter. I have accounts on both of these social media networks, but I wouldn’t blame you for not noticing. During 2016, a Facebook update from me was about as common as a blue moon. Like the blog, social media is potentially a great tool for connecting with readers, and it’s a tool I haven’t really been using. That changes in 2017. This doesn’t mean I’m going to start creating my own memes and GIFs. (Although maybe I will. I enjoy a funny meme as much as the next guy.) Bottom line: I will get in the habit of posting on Facebook and Twitter.

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Okay, back to business. We’re up to Resolution number 4….

4. Break into audio

I love listening to audio books. I’ve heard that audio books are becoming increasingly popular. I am aware that, through Amazon’s company ACX, audiobooks are easier than ever to produce. Yet, none of my books exist in audio format. It’s time to rectify that. In 2017, I will get at least one audio book to market.

5. Exercise

Hey, it’s a list of New Year’s resolutions. This one’s mandatory, right? In all seriousness, though, I’m a writer and a corporate lawyer, and both jobs are very sedentary. I want to live a long time, see my kids grow up, and put out lots more books. That means I need to be healthy. And that means exercise. For 2017, I’ll start small: Walk for fifteen minutes every day.

Well, that’s my list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. Let me end this blog post by wishing everyone a happy New Year. I am grateful for every person who has read my work—I really appreciate it, and I consider you my friends. Let’s all have a 2017 filled with great times, great people, and great books!

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? Share them in the comments section below!