Tuesday, December 20, 2022

19 Resolutions For Authors & Book Lovers In 2023


Looking to welcome in the New Year with what you already love and cherish? No, I am not talking about your pets, spouse, or kids!  We’re talking about you writing and reading books. 

Here are 19 resolutions for writers and book readers to commit to for 2023 — and beyond:

Professionally, take these goals to heart:

1. Write more books. Never stop writing. Explore all of your ideas to their natural conclusions.

2. Craft higher quality writings.  Choose better words. Experiment with your style. Hold your work to a higher standard. Give every sentence a litmus test. 

3. Pen books that are needed or desired.  Serve society by supplying books that will inform, entertain, enlighten, or inspire us. Don’t just churn out volume or what you think is commercially viable.  

4. Edit your writings better. Tighten up the prose. Clean up the sloppiness. Let language and punctuation be your asset. 

5. Ask questions. Let your curiosity guide you. May your imagination help you see a better world — then write about it! 

6. Break some rules. No one can tell you what to write or how to write it — screw the so-called experts. 

7. Market your books more effectively. That means take ownership of your book promotions. Plan to take action. Outsource to a pro. Collaborate. 

8. Do what you have avoided. Social media? Fixing your website? Getting on the speaker circuit? Do it! No more waiting, whining, or delaying. 

9. Attend more writer conferences and workshops — learn and network more. Travel, stay local, or use zoom — but learn, mingle, and test your ideas with peers. 

10. Get some help. Beg, trade, pay for, or donate in order to get help and favors. For instance, hire a book publicist. Beg friends for help. Trade books for access. Pay for book reviews. Give books or content away for building your mailing list. 

11. Take your passions and move them from hobby mode to Defcon 5-level intensity. Write with an urgency and the expectation of being published and marketing your book. 

12. No longer accept No for an answer. Rejection by one is not rejection by all. Keep asking for whatever you want until you hear a Yes. Think about it. If an author gets 97 query rejections but succeeds on No. 98, what do we call this? A published author. We don’t say “Oh, she had one win and 97 losses.” All of the rejections mean nothing. The published book is all that matters. 

Resolve to be a better book denizen:

13. Buy more books, especially from indie bookstores. Amazon is a necessary evil, but where possible, buy from your local proprietor or Barnes and Noble.

14. Read more books. You didn’t really need me to tell you this, did you? 

15. Donate more used books and gift new ones to family and friends.  

16.  Volunteer at a library or literacy center. Give the gift of reading to others. Cherish literacy for all. 

17. Join more free speech groups — and be active. This means donate to their cause, participate in their events, support their activities, and speak out to protect our most cherished right. 

18. Form — or participate in — a book club and discuss books with anyone, anytime. Why not? 

19. Support the events of authors by attending book signings and at any events where authors speak. 

May 2023 bring you literary riches, peace, love, health, and happiness!  

Ring in this New Year — and every day of your life — with the pure, beautiful, and enduring love of books!


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Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2022. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.2 million pageviews. With 4,400+ posts over the past decade, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Susan RoAne, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, IBPA, Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, NewsdayThe Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult: linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum



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