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What Does Success Look Like?

How we’re all going to dominate 2024.

Podcast Episode #32

My name is Naomi Shibles and I’m here to tell you Why I Need This Author Gig.

With each episode, I’ll share a little bit about my writing journey, sprinkled with some anecdotes so that we can share a laugh.

In this episode, I cover:

  • Gearing up for success

  • Energy distribution

  • A call to look within


Happy New Year, Readers & Writers!

In 2024, I resolve to succeed! And I feel like you will, too—whatever that may look like. No matter who we are, the more balanced we remain, the more we’ll be successful. That’s because we’ll pause to notice the moments that make up our success. Yes, they’ll be memories soon enough, but I’m trying to enjoy the moments as they come. If you press fast-forward on life too much, you can miss it.

Here’s a quick update:

Remember that writing retreat that I told you about back in November? Where an agent suggested that I double the word count of my YA cozy fantasy manuscript? Since November, I’ve written 27,000 words! Just 3,000 more to go! I’m mentally fatigued, my muscles feel atrophied, and I’m looking forward to being more active again, but also feeling successful.

As for Counterblow Clemency, which is available in ebook format, I’m anxious for the paperback edition to be published. I believe that a proof for that will come my way by next month, but it’s hard to be patient. All of my marketing ideas seem to revolve around the print version of the book. That’s why I spent a day organizing those ideas into a marketing plan, complete with research into book reviewers and influencers. That’s all I can do right now. (Unless you have any fab ideas? I’m open to suggestions!)

As you know, I’ve got other projects besides these two, but these are the ones who are gaining traction, so everything else is being put to the side so I can focus on building out these current opportunities. The other projects will be there when I’m ready for them.

sailboat sail against a blue sky
Image by digitalskennedy from Pixabay

For us to succeed, we need to whittle down clear objectives and steps to achieve them. I suggest sitting quietly and asking yourself the question: “What do I want?” Don’t jump in with an answer right away. Take a moment to feel where you are and recognize anything you want to change. That’s where your answer lies.

Until next week, may your sails billow and your dreams unfurl. (*cue “Sailing” by Christopher Cross)

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