Wednesday, December 07, 2016

IWSG: Where Will We Be in Five Years?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecurities. If you haven't yet, join in. You'll be glad you did!

Each month we have a question. This month's question is:

In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

This month's question is quite a challenge. Of course, when every novelist imagines five years into the future, we dream of big success. Maybe a movie based on one of our books or a few weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List.

But in reality, I think many of us just want our books to be read. We work hard to put words onto the page and we hope someone, somewhere reads what we write and connects with it.

This year has been an amazing one for me. I spent my time in schools, telling children about my books.

I worked with a group of writer friends to create a great book...

AND I saw my freelance writing work appear on, Mental Floss, The Week, and a handful of other great sites.

Personally, I've come to a bit of a crossroads in my freelance writing career. In five years, I hope to have many more middle-grade and chapter books on the shelves. But my super-secret behind-the-scenes content writing pays better than some of the above-mentioned websites, as glamorous as they may be. Glamour is overrated.

The exception is the writing I do that helps me reach possible readers. I have an upcoming piece in this magazine:

As well as this magazine:

I may never be famous enough to make the cover, but more bylines like that will make me plenty happy! Besides, fame is HIGHLY overrated.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

P.S.: Autographed books make great Christmas gifts!!! I'll be signing copies of my books for my online friends on December 19th. Order by December 16th, specify what names you'd like them signed to, and Parnassus will ship them directly to you!!! Click here to go to the site. (There are also a ton of other great signed books you can order from there.)