Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year Resolutions

Resolutions?  I don't make 'em.  Why?  Cause I don't stick to them.  I can break a resolution in record time.  But if I were to make some resolutions, this is what they would be:

1.  Become more organized.  This is a challenge for me.  You see, I am a Pisces.  Pisces is the dreamer of the zodiac; mysterious, spiritual, imaginative and idealistic.  I do much better on the creative side of my job than the details and dealines part.

2.  Get thru all the submissions in my inbox.  Without drinking a fifth of vodka.

3.  Work out and lose the belly I am gaining.  I don't have a full sized spare tire yet...  just a donut.  And I don't like it. But speaking of donuts, YUM!  (You see my problem here, right?)

4.  Read for pleasure.  After a full day of reading, the last thing I want to do is go home and read.  But I have fallen behind on the series from my favorite authors and I have a stack of debut mysteries that I am dying to get to as well.

5.  Make a boatload of money.  Let's face it, most of us could use more money and I certainly feel the crunch with three kids.

6.  Figure out how to publish between 10 and 12 books per season without going completely insane.  Ties into resolution #1.  But seriously, I am going insane.

7.  Take a real vacation.  Fat chance.  See resolution #5.

8.  Figure out who to bribe to get a New York Times Bestseller.

Ok, forget it.  None of those resolutions are possible, much less probable.  Pooey.  I hate resolutions.

On the other hand, I do have some goals for 2012.  (you see, goals are different.  you try to hit a goal.  but a resolution is a hard and fast change...  goals are better for me.)

I want Midnight Ink to continue to grow and kick some publishing butt!  2011 was very exciting with the acquisitions of both established and debut authors.  It was quite exciting and scary to see my first acquisitions enter the market.  But in 2012 I want to see starred reviews, best sellers and awards.

I want to get better at my job.  This has been one huge learning experience for me.  I think I have grown a lot, but there is always room for improvement.  Like I should blog more often.  :)  I am trying for organzied but will settle for keeping my head above water.

I intend to take care of myself better in 2012.  That means trying to remember to eat three meals a day and taking time for myself.  Maybe going to the gym, playing volleyball, etc.  I also want to push my limits.  In general, I only do safe things.  Perhaps I should sky dive or something.

I also wish to live each day with peace, happiness and love.  Yep, that is my Pisces nature.  To live with my head in the clouds where everything is serene.  Up here the view is beautiful so you can't really blame me, can you?

Happy New Year everyone!


PS - I do need that boatload of money, though, so if anyone can help me out... ;)


Kathleen Ernst said...

Best wishes for a wonderful 2012, Terri. May all your goals be realized! I'd love to help you kick some publishing butt, and I'm glad to be part of the MInker family.

Terri Bischoff said...

Thanks Kathleen! But I am already failing in my goals. It's 2pm and I am just now eating something for lunch. So far this morning all I have had has been coffee, soda and some chocolate/coconut bars someone brought in! :)

I love my Inkers. We are a pretty good family!

Beth Groundwater said...

You have indeed grown, improved, and learned a lot in your job. I've seen it and admired it! However, I really, really think you need an assistant if your progress is going to continue. You need time to think long-term and big-picture versus constantly having to put out fires. An assistant would give you some of that needed time. Regardless, I'm so happy to have you as my editor!

And if you want to see a post about flubbing new year's resolutions & goals, go to: http://bethgroundwater.blogspot.com/2011/12/to-resolve-or-not-to-resolve-that-is.html

Lois Winston said...

Hey, Terri, if you need a volunteer for that NYT bestseller, I'm ready, willing, and able.

Linda Hull said...

If you accomplish half of what you got done in 2011, it'll be another banner year. Don't worry about the resolutions, they'll happen anyway.

Terri Bischoff said...

Thank you Beth. I appreciate the compliment and encouragement. I would love an assistant!! Let's keep our fingers crossed that will happen.

Lois, Thanks for falling on that sword!! LOL

And thank you Linda. 2011 was pretty special. :)