Wednesday, December 22, 2010

End of Year Brainstorming

The weeks leading up to Christmas are always crazy around here, but the week after Christmas is a different story. I plan to spend quality time thinking about what I want to accomplish, and how to approach 2011.
I plan to self publish another book of my columns. I learned a great deal about grass roots marketing with my first effort, and I plan to do more book signings and speaking engagements to help support the new book.
Jilda and I also wrote enough songs for a new singer/songwriter cd, and it is our intention to bring that project to life in 2011 as well.
On the home front, we've put back up enough cash to redo our back deck, and some other improvements on the house and barn.
I'm excited about the new year because for the first time in my life, I can pursue work that makes me smile instead of ambling off each morning  to work for "The Man" with a head full of dread. 
My mind is buzzing with all the possibilities. Jilda is an amazing yoga teacher and we'll also be working on relaxation/meditation audio and video for her as well. 
So I guess you can say we're excited about the new year. I hope you all have an amazing holiday season, and the best year yet in 2011.


  1. Anonymous10:35 PM

    How do you go about publishing something? I've inquired on my own but I'm looking for all the feedback from different sources.

  2. That book signing and promotion thing is what would stop me! Good luck in all your plans for 2011.

  3. Seems we have the same plans for that week :) Why don't you be so kind and share that self publishing knowledge :D

    Happy Holidays!
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. Hey Y'all. I'll be happy to share what I've learned over the next few days.
    Let me get my thoughts together.

  5. It seems that self-publishing is the way to go these days. I'm interested in hearing what your experience was like.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I wish you all the best in the new year.

  6. Wishing you the best, always,


  7. I've learned to allow writing and other business concerns to slide a little toward the back burner during December. Other priorities take over during the holiday season. Best of luck with your publishing endeavors next year!

  8. Wishing you and Jilda nothing but the best in 2011. Merry Christmas!

  9. I have seen a few sites to self- publish but wondered about the sell of it.What are your columns, your blog?Thanks for dropping by.

  10. Hey Prairie,
    I write a weekly column in local newspapers. It's pretty much my strange and wonderful journey through life here is the south.
    I self published a book of a year's worth of columns through the Birmingham News Press.
    I know there are a lot of routes you can take, but I went with them because they walked me through the entire process from laying out the cover from a design my wife drew out on a piece of paper, to length, fonts, graphics, weight of paper, barcodes, etc.
    Over the next few days, I'll be writing about some of the things to consider when you want to self publish.
    Not saying my way was right, but it's one way that worked for me.

  11. Wow! looks like you have alot of things on your to do list for next year. well let me just say where there is a will there must be a way and I wish the best of luck to you both!

  12. Summer, my wife said exactly the same thing. Have y'all be talking? :)


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