Friday 18 December 2015

Writing Reflections and Plans

I’ve been reflecting on some of my neetswriter posts from 2015, as the end of December is fast approaching. One of the highlights of this year was a road trip to Italy, with a research day in Venice:

Can you see a trend?!

My neetswriter blog has become an ongoing pep talk to myself, a useful way to keep my writing in check. Writing has become a thing that gets squeezed in between other things, but I do want to carry on with it. One achievement this year is that I have fallen back in love with writing (as per my June post), and I’ve spent a significant amount of time on my work in progress, which has moved forwards in the past few months. But my WIP is a big project, being partly set in the eighteenth century, a period I'm drawn to (and I don't know why!); and it will take time to complete, mainly because of the research involved.
From 2016 I shall be an Associate Member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association ("RNA") as my alter-ego, neetsmarketing, a freelance social media manager with clients in the world of books. This means that I’ll be leaving the RNA's New Writers’ Scheme (a wonderful, supportive scheme for unpublished writers) at the end of this year. I’ve been on the NWS since 2010, and I think it’s time to free up a space for someone else. I’ll continue to write, of course, and pursue my quest to be published in other ways. It’s such a privilege to be accepted as an Associate Member of the RNA, wearing my neetsmarketing hat.
Also, I’m excited to tell you that I've been invited by Jane Bidder to speak about social media for writers at the Freelance Media Group in London on 14 March 2016.

I’d like to thank everyone who has supported my neetswriter blog in 2015, and my neetsmarketing blog which I launched this time last year. My neetsmarketing blog on social media for writers and book marketing has received more support than I ever expected, and I’ve had some fabulous guests this year too. My latest neetsmarketing post, inspired by client questions is 19 Tips on How to be the Ideal Blog Guest.

Now I’m off to locate the Michael BublĂ© Christmas CD, which has completely disappeared, and to make some mince pies. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. See you in 2016!

New neetsmarketing post: neetsmarketing One Year On