Writing, hopes

Letter to You: My Hopes and Dreams for 2017

Dear readers,

I’m so glad to see you here! I hope your new year is off to a great start.This year I have big hopes and dreams with my writing, and I hope you’ll be there to support me along the way.  I have planned out my goals for this year, and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you.

Four books

First of all, I’m going to finish the four books that I’ve started. I don’t know how many of you will be interested in any or all of them, but I’m excited about the thought of finishing them.

What four books will I finish? Let’s see I’ll have the third book of my trilogy called Second Chance. I’m going to finish writing the rough draft in January and put it away for a month before I go back to editing it. Hopefully, I’ll publish this book in June or July.

Confessions of a Rick Springfield Fan is a memoir. Even though I’ve written a rough draft, I would like to add some details that I have stuffed in a box of memorabilia, things that I’ve collected over the past several years. I’m planning to organize the box of stuff in January since it will take me awhile to get through it. I will work the details into the book in February.

Next up is a travel guide and memoir book about Myrtle Beach. I’ve been there several times and love traveling so I thought it would make a neat book to share with those who are interested in traveling there. That will become my March or April project.

Finally, my last book is  about how to self-publish. Unless you’re thinking about writing, you might not be interested. In case you are interested or know someone who would be, I cover the 10 things you need to know about self-publishing. This book will cover the basics of self-publishing, a great book for someone who is getting started with the process. I hope to make this a series eventually.

Other book ideas

As I finish these four books, I have a couple of books series ideas floating around in my head. One of the series is an idea that came to me in the past couple of days. I’m still thinking about how that idea will work.

The other book series takes us to girl empowerment. In 2014 I attended my first Thirty-One conference as a consultant. During one of our days in a huge convention center, I learned that the self-esteem peaks in girls at the age of nine.

I sat there stunned.

My nieces are now seven and nine. My daughter has already hit that age. When I think about how she was at that point, I realized she probably had issues with this.

I haven’t stopped thinking about that since then. One day this past year, the book series idea came to me. The books would be geared toward both elementary and middle school girls.

Blog posts

I will continue writing on my blog twice a month, but I’m switching the days to the second and fourth Mondays of the month. In the past my topics have been about my books and various things to help you get to know me as an author.

I’ve been tossing around the idea of writing more about the life of a writer or author. I know sometimes people don’t realize how much time a writer spends writing a novel.

So, for one post a month you would get a blog post about me — something to help you continue to get to know me. The second post will be my progress toward a novel and/or word count. You’ll all be the first to know how close I am to publishing my next book!

Hopes and dreams

As my readers, you’re my most important audience after me. The saying goes that a writer should write for herself. I do that, but I know how important all of you are to me as well.

Thanks for supporting me the past couple of years. I look forward to sharing more  of my hopes and dreams with you this year.

Please feel free to let me know what you think about anything I’ve written here. I’m here to share with you and love hearing your thoughts.

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