I can’t say that I’m ready for 2012–not that the New Year gave me much choice in the matter, but you know what I mean. Time really does fly whether you’re having fun or not. *g
Not that I’m complaining. It’s just weird how it happens. 2011 turned out to be quite a learning experience. I started self-publishing my backlist at the very end of Jan/beginning of Feb. Like many other writers, I didn’t set the world on fire with my sales. I still haven’t, but my sales have gotten better month after month. Knock on wood that they continue to do so.
The marginal success has changed the way that I look at the book business. I haven’t counted N.Y. out at all, but it’ll take a lot more for me to sign my name on the dotted line these days and far better terms than I’ve ever been offered. It’s a simple matter of economics. If all goes well (or continues as it has been going), I will reach a point where it won’t be economically feasible for me to sign a book deal without some big money on the table. I’m not there yet, but I’m also not far off. If you don’t hit a book out of the park, which is extremely hard to do, then you have to write enough books to make up for a bestseller. Joe Konrath had that right. I’ve said before that I believe the magic number is twenty books. I still think that’s true, but they have to be the right kind of books. (The genre’s different for each writer.)
I had a great time in Europe and the UK over Christmas and New Year’s. I’d never been to Switzerland. It had been a dream of mine to see it since I was a little kid. It was more beautiful than I’d imagined. Truly breathtaking and the people were so nice. The German lessons from Berlitz helped tremendously–more so in Switzerland than they did in Germany. Weird, I know.
I saw Check Point Charlie and parts of the wall in Berlin. Very scary and beyond creepy. Never knew how close everything came to going kablooey. I’d never given Berlin much thought prior to going. Turns out it’s a pretty cool city. It’s vibrant and young. Lots of artists, new buildings and restaurants. I’d definitely like to spend more time there–even if I can’t understand a lot of the German being spoken. (They speak very fast German and have an odd accent.) I’m guessing it’s a bit like being from an eastern state versus being from the south. Whatever it is, it was the only place that tripped me up language wise. Fortunately, most everyone spoke English, too.
I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions this year. I’ve found they simply don’t work. What I have done is made myself promise to write more books. It’s a promise I intend to keep. 🙂
What promises have you made for the New Year? Have your plans changed since last year? If so, why?