Monday Musings: Off to a Bright 2015!

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by Kathleen Valentine

HNY2015I’ve never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions for myself but since I started publishing in 2009 I’ve begun making making Resolutions for my books. 2015 is going to be a good year for me, I hope, because I few changes to my life are leaving me with considerably more time in which to write and promote. Consequently, I just made a list:

  • Update EVERYTHING: My web site, my indivdual book pages, my blog—all of them are in dire need of updating and it is my intention that this will be my first priority. I also need to update the end material in my digital books to include new releases.
  • Create a mailing list and use it: I have collected hundreds of email addresses from people who have written to me, participated in contests I’ve run, and applied for giveaways. There are so many good email programs out there that picking one and learning to use it is long overdue.
  • Interconnect Social Media: This is not only important and useful but it saves a lot of time. I have a blog, a Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and a lot of stuff I’ve forgotten about. It is relatively easy to link them so that when I post to one it will be picked up by the others. I just need to do it.
  • Make Blog Tours/Host Blog Tours: I have been blogging for close to 10 years and have had over half a million visitors to my blog. Considering that it has often lain fallow for long periods, this is not bad. I just have to start being more efficient in my use of it.
  • Keep Writing: Yes, in the midst of all that I have to keep writing, too.

In my opinion the two best things about New Year’s are 1.) it is a good excuse for a fresh start, and 2.) it comes in the dead of winter when any excuse to stay inside and avoid the weather is welcome—at least here in New England that is the case.

So that is my list. I’ll report in periodically on how it is going. What’s on your list?

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