Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for Authors: Your 2024 Publishing Game Plan

Ah, the New Year is here! A time of fireworks, confetti, and, of course, those ambitious resolutions. For us as authors, it’s more than just vowing to hit the gym or cut down on caffeine; it’s about setting goals that can transform a dream into a published book. So, grab your favorite pen, and a fresh notebook, and let’s jot down some realistic resolutions to make 2024 your year of publishing triumph!

1. Resolution: Write Regularly, Even When It’s Hard

It’s easy to say, “I’ll write a book this year,” but the real magic happens in the mundane: the daily grind of putting words on paper. Commit to a practical writing schedule. Whether it’s 500 words a day or a dedicated two hours every morning, consistency is your golden ticket to a finished manuscript. Remember, every word counts!

2. Resolution: Embrace the Art of Self-Editing

Before you rush to send off your manuscript, take a deep dive into self-editing. This means tightening up your prose, polishing your plot, and bidding farewell to those pesky typos. Self-editing can turn a good manuscript into a great one, and your future readers (and publisher!) will thank you for it.

3. Resolution: Join a Writing Group or Workshop

Writing can be somewhat of a lonely journey, but it doesn’t have to be. Join a writing group or workshop to connect with fellow authors. Sharing your work, receiving feedback, and supporting others can be incredibly rewarding. Plus, the fresh perspectives you’ll gain are invaluable.

4. Resolution: Read More in Your Genre (and Beyond)

To be a great writer, you need to be a great reader. Make it a resolution to read more, especially in your genre. Understanding what’s out there helps you find your unique voice and spot. But don’t stop there; reading widely across genres can also spark new ideas and styles. (Yes, please!) 

5. Resolution: Learn More About the Publishing Industry

The publishing world is vast and at times complex. Dedicate some time each week to learn more about it. Read industry-specific blogs, listen to publishing podcasts, or attend virtual webinars. Knowledge is power, and the more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to navigate your own path to publication.

6. Resolution: Start Building Your Author Platform

If you haven’t already, start building your author platform online. Create a website, engage on social media, and start a monthly newsletter. Building a following now can pay off big when it’s time to promote your book.

7. Resolution: Set Realistic Writing Goals

Be kind to yourself and set achievable goals. If you’re working on a first draft, don’t pressure yourself to have a polished manuscript by February. Set small, realistic milestones that will collectively lead to your big goal.

8. Resolution: Take Care of Your Mental and Physical Health

A healthy writer is a productive writer. Prioritize your mental and physical well-being. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and sufficient sleep can boost your creativity and focus.

9. Resolution: Seek Constructive Feedback

Get feedback on your work, whether it’s from a writing coach, a trusted friend, or a professional editor. Constructive criticism is a stepping stone to improvement.

10. Resolution: Prepare for Rejection (and Success)

Rejection is a part of the author’s journey. Resolve to take it in stride and learn from it. Similarly, be prepared for success – know what steps you’ll take when your manuscript is ready to shine.

As you march towards these resolutions, remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Lucid Books is here to turn your 2024 dream into a reality. Our unique partnership publishing model is designed to support you every step of the way, from manuscript to market.

So, whether you’re polishing your manuscript, building your platform, or ready to take the publishing plunge, our team is just a click away. Connect with us today, and let’s make 2024 the year your book takes flight to the top of Amazon’s Best-Seller list. 

Here’s to a year of writing, growing, and, yes, getting published! 

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