This is what I’ve learned in 2012. Your experiences may vary.
1. Giving a book away for free isn’t a good promotional strategy for me. (I gave away 30,000+ copies, but I actually got more feedback when the book was priced at ninety nine cents. Your mileage may vary. For that matter, you don’t actually have to do ‘any’ real promotions to get sales. I’m proof!)
2. Volume of releases does not necessarily raise your sale’s numbers. (I have released twenty titles in the past two years. A combination of re-releases and new work. The only thing increased volume has done for me is to ‘maintain’ my monthly sales.)
3. Writing ‘smarter’ is the only way to have a long-term Indie career. (Wild productivity cannot last. Eventually you have to slow down. (At least I do.) Which means I have to be more selective about my projects.)
4. I can make a good living with Indie publishing, but it takes a LOT of work.
5. I love Doctor Who, but he will ALWAYS break my heart.
6. I shouldn’t limit the number of genres that I write in. (Experimentation is where it’s at. That includes expanding my distribution channels.)
7. When it comes to reading, I seem to average around 75 books a year. (I’d love to make it one hundred.)
8. I need to read more widely.
9. I need to write a minimum of 1000 words a day, if I want to complete all the projects I’m interested in writing.
10. I prefer spending Christmas and New Year’s in Europe/UK.
11. It’s really easy to fall off a diet in the month of December. 🙂
12. I have to get better at managing my time. (This means less TV and surfing.)
13. True friendships cannot be destroyed by failure or success, but fake ones sure can be.
14. The goals I had when I started writing in 2002 (ie becoming a member of RWA PAN, getting an agent, selling to New York, etc.), no longer apply.
15. I’m the only one who can limit my success.
FORGOT TO ADD: If you’re a writer and haven’t read J.A. Konrath’s resolutions, then you’re really missing out on some good information. It’s interesting to see how Joe has evolved and matured through the years.