When I first started this little series, I planned on discussing the identity-focused resolution first–who I want to become.
But (partly because it’s frigging late), I decided to start with the simplest resolution first.
Jess Mahler’s Bookshelf
It really is that simple, I want ‘Jess Mahler’s Bookshelf’. I want to be able to fill a shelf with books that have my name on the spine. Books that I can be proud to say are mine.
Depending on how you look at it, I’m either being ambitious or low balling. On the one hand, I’ve already written and published more books than 99% of people ever will. On the other hand, a typical shelf holds around 20 or 25 books, and many prolific authors have written over a hundred books.
But to get that kind of output, you need to be writing full time. Being a full-time writer has been an on-again-off-again dream for a while. The truth, though, is that I can’t see myself finding the time, energy, or sanity to write full time. At least, not without sacrificing my ability to achieve my other goals.
So one shelf’s worth of books sounds right. A book every year or two, as it were.
Note, I haven’t said anything about making money from these books, developing a fan base, etc.
One of the hard truths I accepted this year is that marketing is something I struggle with and don’t much like. And I don’t want to make it a focus anymore. I like both me and my writing better when I’m writing for love of it. Writing with another end goal in mind (like making money) becomes self-destructive.
I will do some marketing, but it’s going to be a ‘when I have time but if I can’t, I can’t’ kind of thing.
In theory, keeping a blog and talking about my books here and on social media may give me enough reach to get some steady sales. Especially when I get a couple more books out. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like the idea.
But that’s not part of the goal, it’s a side benefit.
For more on the Bookshelf
I’ve decided that these resolutions will be the core of this blog going forward. I’ll try to write a blog post a week about my progress a resolution or something related to one of them.
Posts related to this resolution will have tags like ‘polyamory,’ ‘fantasy,’ ‘research,’ ‘werewolves,’ ‘conlang,’ and ‘relationships.’