Ringing in the New Year

It has been quite a year

I have a bad habit of focusing on things that haven’t happened yet rather than stepping back and looking behind me at what has been accomplished.  This tunnel vision quality is sometimes very useful, such as when I’m writing a novel, but maybe less useful in other settings, such as networking events.

So rather than concentrate on what still needs to be done– and since Immortal isn’t in brick-and-mortar bookstores yet or on any electronic device other than the Kindle, there’s a pile of screenplay work needing doing and two other novels to edit, this is a long list– I’d like to take a minute to look back on where we started.

A year ago at this time

This time last year, I had a publisher who did not yet officially exist.  I had barely succeeded in wriggling out of another contract to publish Immortal with a klepto-publisher that is thankfully no longer an entity.

I was not on Twitter.  I was not on GoodReads.  This blog did not exist.  (I was on Facebook, but that’s legally mandated nowadays.)

I had no idea how to get reviews for Immortal much less who to talk to for blurbs.  I didn’t even know what genre it was.

In other words

So it’s been a pretty good year, really.  And my impatience with the fact that I am not yet a world-famous author with a movie deal and a yacht (okay, not a yacht) shouldn’t overshadow the fact that the person I was a year ago would be kicking the 2010 version of my ass for worrying about current sales and distribution outlets whether there is such a thing as too much promoting.


And may next year be as fruitful as this one was.

And hopefully more profitable.

(Okay, let me have THAT complaint at least.)

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  1. Griffin on December 29, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    But you deserve a yacht, my man.

    • genedoucette on December 29, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      Aww, thanks. But I wouldn’t know what to do with one.

      • Griffin on December 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm

        But what’s the point of having something exceptionally wasteful if you know what to do with it? Come now, be unreasonably consumptive for a bit and enjoy the fois gras.

  2. Darren on December 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Happy New Year, Gene Genie.

  3. Matt on January 3, 2011 at 1:37 am

    This made me giggle. Especially the “speak English in a French accent,” one.

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