Autumn is my favorite season. I am less nostalgic, fearful or optimistic, than I am on that End of the Year I Know date. It really should be the best time for resolutions because I am only looking forward and not trying to be the two-faced Janus. The timing also happens to be perfect now. I am starting work on the “OhPleaseBurnMe” draft of the next book.
So I sat down and made a few resolutions that I ought to consider for that new mystery:
1) Add more humor to books. (I took Hamlet seriously after his Yorick speech.)
2) Increase deviousness factor but keep it honest. (Improving but not there yet.)
3) Write a generally better crafted book. (The next book has to be better.)
4) Keep the characters fresh. (Are they getting boring?)
5) Study authors I admire and the genre classics. (And they call that work?)
6) Stop futzing around and write. (Unless I want to dream about the book tonight.)
Were you waiting for something about promotion? Yes, it is critical, but all the promo in the world will not make an ongoing success out of a bad product. Got to have the book first, then decide what has to be done to garner new readers. And the best advice I got on that, which I probably should add to my resolutions, is only do the promo you execute well and leave the other stuff to someone else.