On April 17th I turn 50. Yep, it’s a big one, and as these things do, it’s caused me to pause, and take stock, and consider all the things that I’ve done and still want to do.
So first, since that’s what most of you are here for, let’s talk writing. At the beginning of 2016 when I was doing the whole “what are your goals for the year” thing, I told a friend, “I want to be reliable. I want to be the kind of writer that readers know they can depend on for a solid performance every single book.” In other words, I want to be your auto-buy. When I get reviews that say, “Ms. Laurence can always be counted on to deliver a solid plot and well-developed characters” I think I’m achieving that objective. It may not sound glamorous or inspiring, but for me, it’s essential. I’m not here to be a one-hit wonder, or to give you variations of the same book over and over, I’m here to have a career, twenty plus years of delivering solid romance books that readers can depend on.
And in pursuit of that objective, I decided this year to broaden my horizons, expand my catalog, and put in place the foundation for the kind of steady, consistent growth I’m after. To that end, I renamed my business Golden Age Press, and I’ve committed to publishing ten new books in 2017 (I’ve already published four and the fifth will release May 1). I’ve also released my first German translation (Italian coming soon!), put paperbacks in brick and mortar bookstores, and added KU offerings as well as expanded my wide distribution books to Google Play.
Because I operate in a world where everyone is an author, and most are Indie authors, all of these things don’t seem that significant to me sometimes, but a few weeks ago I was visiting home and my 76 yr old mother asked me to come to her book club and talk about what I do as an Indie author. I was thrilled to find that three of the women there had been traditionally published authors, and one had worked for a Big Five publisher decades ago. But guess what? They were still astounded at what Indie Authors do. The idea that we sell books all over the world, that we work with audio narrators and translators and cover artists and freelance editors, and that we manage all of it by ourselves, kind of blew them away. And some days I have to stop and acknowledge that it kind of blows me away.
But when you’re about to turn 50 years old, you need to be amazed with yourself. Because no matter who you are or what you do, if you’ve made it this far, you’ve achieved some amazing things–maybe you’ve known the love of a lifetime, or created new humans. You might have started a business, or run marathons. Maybe you’ve served in a war, or gotten a college degree or three. You might have survived a serious illness, or brought comfort to all sorts of people through your job or volunteer work.
No matter what, I guarantee that if you’ve made it fifty years on this earth, you’ve had an impact somewhere, on someone, and that’s amazing.
So, April is my month to celebrate–the things I’ve achieved, the things I still have to achieve, and the unique journey that is fifty years of life on this planet. I really hope you’ll celebrate with me! Join me for a 50 for 50 Book Sale with a bunch of my friends, and my 50th birthday bash on Facebook. To make sure you get notified about the sale, sign up for my mailing list: www.bit.ly/subscribetoselena And here’s where the party is: https://www.facebook.com/events/798421303672168/ Click “join” so you get all the notifications!