It’s been forever since I’ve posted any updates to my site. I’m so sorry for falling so far behind. Life’s been busy, and although I don’t expect things to slow down too much in coming months, I do hope to arrange things so that I have a little more time to spend online. I want to keep up with my friends, enjoy social media, and share news and information about the stories I’m writing.
Each day it asks a short question and provides a bit of space to record an answer. I’ve browsed through the book and have, in fact, answered a few questions, but with so much going on lately, keeping a daily journal — even with short entries — proved to be a challenge. I decided to set it aside until…yep, you guessed it.
New Year’s Day 2015
Hey, that’s today! So, yes, eager to begin, I opened the book and here’s the question I found:
What is your mission?
A short little question, and in many respects, a simple one with a simple answer. My mission? To write. To share my stories with readers. To share, too, my beliefs about the incredible power of love.
Yet the answer didn’t satisfy me. It’s not that I don’t love writing. I do. It’s just that maybe the answer was too simple, too predictable. Coming up with the best answer required a little thought.
Yes, I plan to do a lot of writing in 2015, and I hope to reach more readers in the coming year. For me, though, the real mission is to do what I love in ways that bring joy and happiness into my life. I intend to fully enjoy the experience.
In today’s world, writers not only have more opportunities through self-publishing and promotional venues, but also far more pressures and responsibilities than ever before. Thousands of authors are vying for readers, clamoring for attention, and spending every possible moment hawking their books, online and off. There’s a lot of noise out there, folks. Sometimes it’s hard to even hear myself think.
I don’t want to get caught up in it. I don’t want to fill my Facebook pages or Twitter feed with frantic pleas to buy, buy, buy. I want to talk about my stories, yes. I want to share excerpts, talk about themes in writing, and exchange thoughts with readers about love and romance, home and family, and all the things that give true meaning to our lives.
But I don’t want to cram my books down anyone’s throat. If I have to beg you to buy my books…well, something isn’t right.
I want readers to buy my books because they share my beliefs about the power of love, because they like the sort of old-fashioned stories I tell, and because they enjoy the characters I create and the settings I bring to life as I write.
My mission is to focus on bringing pleasure to my readers, to give the best of myself to each story I write, and to fully enjoy all that I do. That’s what I’ll be doing. On the other hand, I won’t be doing a lot of promotions. I won’t be running too many contests or sending out too many newsletters. I won’t be hounding readers to visit my website or badgering them to please, please, please grab a copy of my latest love story. Most of all, I won’t be stressing myself out by trying to do too many things at once. I won’t be rushing to keep up with appointments, interviews, advertising deadlines, and emails. I probably won’t sell a lot of books, but I’ll still enjoy telling my stories.
Here’s wishing YOU the best in 2015.
What’s YOUR Mission?