Friday, December 31, 2010's a wrap

2010 was an amazing year for me. I became published for one, realizing a dream, even if it was a fairly new one :). I gained a tremendous amount of experience with the craft of writing as well as understanding how the publishing industry works. Sort of LOL. And I made wonderful friends, some I've never even met in person!

So...2010, what did you teach me?
  • Writers are just so friendly & supportive towards other writers. It really is an amazing community to be a part of.
  • I really can tell people that I write hot & steamy romance and the sky won't fall in. Really :).
  • I'm a bit lazy. Yep, I can term it being a perfectionist, I can call it procrastinating, but I have a tendency to be lazy if I can get away with it. There. I said it. The first step is recognizing the problem, right LOL?
  • I actually like blogging and social networking. Who would ever have guessed that?
  • Publishing is a changing and evolving industry and it doesn't look like that's going to stop anytime soon.
  • Marketing and promotion is a bit of a crap shoot. You never really know what works or doesn't. You kinda make the best educated choices you can and hope for the best!
  • Sadly, the romance genre is still looked down on by people in the 'literary world' and the public in general, despite the incredible sales figures.
  • Writing is hard and it's work and it's solitary. Even though I love it and intellectually I knew it was hard, I think you have to live it to really get that on an emotional and spiritual level. It's not for everyone.
  • Being published feels just as amazing as I thought it would.
I haven't firmed up all of my goals for 2011 yet, but thought I'd share the highlights of my thinking for the coming year:
  • Read more! My reading has really dropped off lately and I feel like it could have an impact longer term. I'd like to get back to my favorite authors. I've missed them. The good news is that there is a huge backlog waiting for me.
  • Attend the RWA Nationals conference in NY, possibly RT and probably RomantiCon. There's nothing quite like networking (aka partying) with other romance authors.
  • Turn in 4 - 5 ebooks - hot & steamy contemporaries!!
  • Finish 2 category length manuscripts that are in progress.
  • Flesh out the outline for my first paranormal series and draft the first book. This story just won't give me any peace, so I have no choice.
  • Revamp the look & feel of my website and blog. It's long overdue, right?
  • Add new segments on my blog. Stay tuned!
  • Query agents.
  • Stop dicking around so much on the Internet :).
  • Become Twitter Queen. Well, perhaps not queen, but at least use it more effectively. See point above ;).
Happy New Year to everyone!! Wishing you a year filled with good health and happiness and much reading--romance, of course!


  1. Happy New Year, Kaily! So glad we got to meet at RomantiCon.

  2. Awesome post, Kaily! Hope you rock 2011.

  3. Wow, Kaily! You make my head spin with all your goals in 2011!

  4. Awesome post, Kaily! Awesome accomplishments and goals :). Happy New Year and heartfelt wishes for an even more awesome 2011!!!

  5. Me too, Amber. Happy New Year to you!

    Sasha, thanks!!

    Cara, well, I originally had "take over the universe", but I deleted it. Gotta leave something for 2012, right?

    Happy New Year to you, Rula and best wishes for a wonderful, productive, successful & happy 2011!!!

  6. Happy (belated) New Year! If I may ask, why paranormal? There's just so much of it right now and it's aggravating.

  7. Lacey, Happy New Year to you!

    Hey Dreama, hope you had a wonderful New Year's!! Best wishes for 2011. OK, why paranormal? I've always been fascinated by the paranormal, ever since I was a kid. I even made up my own 'unexplained' kids club, with patches and everything LOL. I like to have an open mind and think that anything's possible. I've had these stories in my head for a long time. They are romance first and foremost, grounded in emotion and in a contemproary setting. AND you won't find any vampires, shifters or other things that have been done to death. I have something different in mind :). I'll still always write hot & steamy contemporaries though. I love those stories too much not to :).