A Fresh Start

There’s nothing I love more than the prospect of a fresh start. I, for one, could sure use a new beginning. 2016 was largely a year of introspection for me. In other words, I didn’t get much accomplished and spent much of my time confused and stressed out. I read a lot, made countless lists, dreamed, wished I were more like (fill in the blank), and beat myself up for not reaching my goals. What a year.

It’s time to move forward, leaving the gunk of the old year behind, yet learning from my mistakes. This year, I plan to complain less and do more to change my undesirable circumstances. I also would like to give myself more rest. I’ve learned that if I don’t take the time to relax, my mind races and I end up tied in knots. My husband smirked when I told him I intend to have “tea time” every day. Sit, drink tea, and read a magazine for twenty minutes. He’s a “doer” – doesn’t believe in sitting still – but I need it. Maybe he’ll sit down with me once in a while?

Another goal is to write more. I feel like a part of me was missing in 2016 by not writing as much. Yes, I will be finishing my third novel and starting my fourth. But in addition, I will blog, journal, and <gasp> write handwritten letters in 2017! I have a few friends who aren’t on social media, and I had the best time writing to them for Christmas. Writing letters is becoming a lost art, but I miss getting those 2-3 page handwritten notes from my old friends. It’s kind of hard to save texts or emails in a colorful box.

Whatever your goals are – exercise more, eat better, spend less – I hope you also take the time to do the things you love. Live in the moment, soak in your surroundings, breathe in the scent of fresh flowers. Give yourself a break. Make 2017 a great year!

Thanks for reading…

~ Anne

Why I Don’t Do Newsletters, plus an update on Never Change (Book #3)

I could make this a one sentence post: Because I don’t have time.

But let me flesh this out a bit more. I have a newsletter program set up, along with 50 subscribers. Many experts in the writing world advise authors to have newsletters to announce contests, new releases, and to keep in touch with their readership. I love the idea of a cute monthly newsletter, complete with awesome graphics, links, quizzes, and trivia, yet at the same time it seems daunting.

Daunting because I’m terrible with graphics, it takes me a long time to learn new programs, and the energy it takes just to think about putting together a newsletter steals away from the energy I need to simply write. My focus now needs to be writing my third book, Never Change. I use other methods to connect with readers, mainly my Facebook reader group, Instagram, Pinterest, and this blog. I know I haven’t been too active recently on this blog, but my intention is to make this like a newsletter.

That’s not to say I’ll never do an official newsletter. Perhaps somewhere down the line I’ll have the time to put into it, or I’ll be able to afford a good PA (personal assistant). Or maybe I’ll never do one, and that’s okay, too. Honestly, I subscribe to probably 10 author newsletters, and really only open a few, if any, per month. I feel bad that these authors spend time making newsletters that only a small percentage actually read. Right now, in this season of life, I’m not willing to put forth the effort for such a small return.

Thank you to those who’ve subscribed to my newsletter, I really appreciate your support! However, the best way to follow me is through the methods I’ve mentioned above. (Links are on the right side of the page).

So here’s my latest news, for those who are interested: Never Change (Faithfully Yours #3), is still in the rough draft form. I’ve written almost 50,000 words. That’s a little more than half-finished. Now that my kids are back in school, I have more time to write, so my plan is to finish this rough draft within the next four weeks. Once it’s finished, I’ll polish it up and hand it over to my beta readers. While my beta readers have Book #3, I’ll start working on Never Give Up (Faithfully Yours #4).

I’ll keep you posted as things happen, but my plan is to release Never Change by the end of February, 2017. I’m hoping (crossing fingers) to release Never Give Up by the end of 2017, or early 2018. Beyond that, I have plans for a box set with tons of extras, including Never Let Go (Book #1) written from David’s POV. That, I’d love to publish by the end of 2018.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to message my FB author page, https://www.facebook.com/annecarolauthor/

As always, thanks for your patience and support!

~ Anne