I'm always looking for new ways to build and strengthen my brand. Recently I was invited to blog for Urban Image Magazine. As with anything else in life I went through a gamut of emotions over every decision I'm making for 2016.
For those who really know me, you know I'm an introvert and extremely shy in new environments. Once I'm comfortable you can't get me to shut up. So this year I'm embracing my challenges and getting out there on a new level. Other than blogging for the magazine, I plan to have two book signings this year, build relationships with my local librarians, and attend at least one author event.
As I looked at my To-Do list along with being a wife, mother, full-time employee, and author I instantly became overwhelmed. Then I went back to LaShaunda Hoffman's book, Building Online Relationships: One Reader At A Time.
Following her recommendations step-by-step I planned my 2016 calendar one week at a time. And although I haven't finished the book or the calendar, I'm well on my way and I have a plan. LaShaunda's question and answer session was thought provoking and enabled me to think about what I really want to accomplish in the upcoming year. While I was able to answer yes to most questions, there were questions that helped me to detail my marketing plan and consider options I had not thought of before. For instance, I realized that I need to put more work into building my newsletter. Speaking of which, please sign up for that here. You will get notified of contests, cover reveals, new releases, exclusive content and much more.
Now I only have to carry out the plan. It's easy to have a plan set up, but there must be follow through to be successful. I'm no longer as overwhelmed as I was before, because I have a plan, and I have my faith. I'm going into the New Year with a new and wonderful me, becoming the author and playwright He ordained me to be. Most of all...I have a vision.
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