The Effective Author: Best Mindset for the New Year
by Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM ©2019 World Rights Reserved
Right now, a shiny New Year stretches before us. Like a blanket of white snow covering the landscape, undefined time scrolls across our mindscapes. We may be wondering what the New Year will bring. The answer largely depends on us. We can control and design our mindscapes, with our mindsets.
As authors, certain event markers play across our 2019 Mindscapes. Some of these are: Tucson Festival of Books, March 2-3; LA Festival of Books, April 21-22; and BookExpo America, May 29-31. New books need to be in print by fall to make the Christmas sales season. Quarterly blog challenges (e.g., The Ultimate Blog Challenge) await our clever articles to drive traffic to websites. Like fences peeking upward out of the snowscape – or mindscape – they delineate timespace and beckon us to structure our desires for the New Year. We get to decide which events we want to participate in. In fact, we must decide. How much time, energy, and funding will we need for each event, and the follow-up after? Our determination to commit to each, and how much to commit to each, is our mindset.
For years, productivity coaches urged us to choose BHAGs: Big Hairy Audacious Goals. But goals too audacious fall flat and discourage us. If huge goals excite you, perhaps you would enjoy sketching out some huge reaches that might be good for you this year. Then sleep on them, and determine what would be necessary to bring them to fruition. Then choose. For many authors, strong but reasonable goals (e.g., one superb new book in the series, printed by September 1) are a better fit both for personality and lifestyle. Remember, it isn’t just the book/s to prepare. It’s the social media, the news releases, updating your website to take the orders, requesting reviews, writing promotional articles, and scheduling readings and classes.
Another dimension to consider, as you gaze across your Author Mindscape 2019, is your passion. Is there some direction calling you? Is there a series-shaped hole in your creative heart yearning to be filled? Do you get excited when you think of certain projects? I have a friend who has been very successful with a hard-hitting detective series. After a dozen books, she was fatigued of the regional context and serious nature of the books. Now she has a second detective series with strong romantic and whimsical elements. And she hints yet another is series coming.
You are not locked in any single law of the Universe, to one genre, one set of characters, or one format. Perhaps you want to try novellas or short stories or children’s books, using the same values and themes as your full-size/adult books. Or you can write under a different name and go a different direction. You can also play around with some format or idea or genre, not necessarily planning to publish it, but simply seeing where that side path leads, while you continue along your usual primary path.
Looking out across the fresh, smooth expanse of the New Year, your options are clearly endless. The Effective Authorsm will mark that expanse with event dates, make project commitments, and allow the necessary time and resources to those commitments. The Effective Authorsm will choose and maintain that mindset to create the most success during the year. I wish you a very Happy New Year and Happy New Success!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert with a natural healing practice. She also is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, available on Amazon, plus Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire. IPW is available on Amazon in full-color glossy format. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, also on Amazon in full-color. For full-color PDF versions, contact her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: firstname.lastname@example.org.