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5 New Years Resolutions of an Author

It’s a new year, and you know what that means. Everyone and their dog is coming up with resolutions, so I figured I’d play along. Of course, I’m not all that great at actually keeping resolutions, which means I’m going to keep things simple this year. Here are a few things I’ve been trying to learn or get better at during my publishing journey, and I hope that maybe some of these might resonate with you too.

1.) Stop comparing myself to others. Everyone is doing different things, and that’s okay. If I constantly compare myself with people farther along their publishing path than me, well, that’s a recipe for disappointment. This year I’m hoping to keep my eyes on my own paper and enjoy where I’m at.

2.) Don’t take things so seriously. In this industry, it’s so easy to think things are life and death. But honestly, I’m learning that some things can wait, and it’s not good to stress over things outside of my control.

3.) Read more. I know it’s hard to find the time, but there are so many amazing authors that I want to support. I’m hoping to carve out a little more time for reading this year.

4.) Get out of my comfort zone. I’m pretty introverted, which means I pass on a lot of events or functions that could be really good for me. But it’s good to try new things, and as long as I’m taking care of my mental health, I’m going to try doing more things that I might otherwise turn down. Conferences, signings, book clubs, etc.—these are all great places to network and I hope to take advantage of them more.

5.) Take time for me. I always feel the pressure to be “on” all the time, or get things done for other people, but I’m going to try really hard to refill my well whenever possible.

What are some things you’d like to accomplish or do this year?

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