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What’s the ONE thing you want to achieve as an author in 2017?

By Ben Cameron, Jan 18 2017 12:48PM

Going into the new year, it feels overwhelming. Lot of resolutions, goals, people sharing what they’ve achieved in 2016. All of which can make you feel insecure and overwhelmed. It’s natural. However, this really is the time to step back, take a deep breath and evaluate.


I could be dramatic and say, ask the question if you were to die tomorrow what is the one thing you’d want to get done. What is the one thing you’d regret you haven’t done so far?


Well this is the question I asked myself in 2012 which helped me start the process of reinventing myself as an author. The one thing I wanted in my life.


In 2017 I asked myself this question again, a little differently: what is the one thing I need to do to become a full-time author by December 2017. And the answer is clear. I need to release the next book in my series as quickly as possible. There’s no getting away from it. I’ve done the basics. Built a newsletter, got my credentials by being in a boxed set that made the NY Times List, I’m even more than a quarter of my way through my series. But to get momentum, readers and the sales, I need to release fast to grow the reader base quickly.


I resisted accepting this for a long time.


As many authors who have graduated to full-time writing will tell you, a critical part of the transition is to have a backlist large enough to create more opportunities for readers to buy your books. After releasing 3 prequels and 2 main books in my series, I am finally coming to the conclusion this is true. The one thing, the only thing, that will make the step change for me is to get the next book out. Each book sparks sales of my back list and brings in new readers.


So this is what I am going to do in 2017.


What about you? What’s the one thing you want to achieve in 2017. More about my journey to full time author here: https://www.facebook.com/laxmihariharanauthor/videos/1236774886429440/


Laxmi Hariharan is a New York Times bestselling author.


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