Thursday, December 1, 2011

2011 - What a year!

This is my time of year to look back and see how I did with my goals I set at the beginning of the year. Sometimes I surprise myself and sometimes I fall a little short.

When I signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for Tempting Adam in 2010 I knew 2011 would be an exciting year. It has more than lived up to my expectations.

Tempting Adam came out in February. My first Indie book came out in October and I will have another Indie book out before the new year kicks off with champagne and fireworks. I started a newsletter and actually have real people who signed up for it. LOL

Just this week I had two sales in the UK. The UK!! In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined how I would feel to see people all the way on the other side of the world buying my book. I thought that happened when you hit bestsellers lists, when you did great for your publishing house.

I'm paraphrasing here, but I believe the saying goes something like this. When you shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you still land among the stars. That is the thought I'm taking into 2012. I might not have hit the moon but I am definitely floating among the stars.

Wish upon a star. Shoot for the moon. May all your dreams come true in 2012.


Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

I love your positive attitude. I think dreaming and going for what you want is the right way to face life. I always told my kids to dream big, don't waste dreams on the mediocre.

Jill James said...

Paisley, that is so true, isn't it. Don't waste your dreams on something easy to get, go for the hard stuff.

Jill James said...

Mr. Lonely, thanks for stopping by our blog. Enjoy!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

My husband pushed me into going for my dream of being published. The attaining of the dream is so sweet...and spawns more dreams. I also think it keeps us mentally young, and I'm all for that. Great post, Jill.

Jill James said...

Thanks Vonnie. You've had quite a year too.

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Jill, your enthusiasm is contagious! So happy for your great, starry 2011, and hoping you have a moon-landing in 2012!

morgan said...

I am so happy for you. Why wouldn't people around the world want to read your story. Everyone loves a good story.

I get up every morning and see who has read my blog and I constantly amazed I have a very loyal following in India.

Jill James said...

Stacey, thank you for your warm wishes. I see great things ahead for you too.

Jill James said...

Morgan, thank you. I guess sometimes I'm still amazed by how connected the internet has made the world.

Back in 1994 when we got our first computer I joined the Prodigy romance groups. I fell off my chair when I had a personal email from Constance O'Day-Flannery, my favorite time travel romance writer. Today I can chat all day long with all my favorite writers on Twitter, almost like we are chatting over tea.

What an amazing world we live in!

Josie said...

How exciting for you to actually have your book read form someone in the UK. You're right--we should keep shooting for the moon.

Sincere congrats!

Jill James said...

Josie, thanks. It feels like I went somewhere, instead of just my book.