Yes, 2019 is coming to a close and although this end of the publishing world has been slow going, there is always the incoming year to make amends - to put things right.
We don't always get given our ducks in a row; sometimes our ducks are flapping, honking resting in the straw and definitely not always flying straight as we intended. I guess that is the way of the world and the way of the world of business. Ah, the chances one takes in becoming an entrepreneur...
However, nothing stays the same forever - eventually the tides turn; eventually the seasons change and the fruits of ones labours stays steadfast on the branch of success and will ripen fully.
So for 2020, as I wish for ELK Publishing to ripen its fruit fully, I too wish the same for you in your corner of the world. I pray all runs smoothly for you - I pray you find balance between business and family; find balance among spending time with colleagues, your family and yourself - because you too are important. Without the right frame of mind there is no family, no business and no going forward in your business. Yes, I believe the right frame of mind and balance are the key elements in my festive greeting, this year. :)
and the direction you seek to travel,
will bear easy roads.
Writing a book doesn't have to be a difficult task. Yes, it can be time-consuming, but if it is something you really enjoy - writing a book as well as illustrating it, can be extremely rewarding - especially if you know, you have done the lot.
I think the hardest part, has to be slotting in regular periods during the day or evening to partake in the act of writing. It is really easy to get side tracked and say to yourself, 'I'm not really in the mood to write,' or 'I'm stumped - so I won't write today'. Both are not really useful to developing consistent opportunities to write. A little everyday gets you into good habits; just like brushing your teeth and yes, you'll get so expert at it, your work will begin to shine. You just have to make time, no matter how small.
150 words written everyday, over the course of a month will give you a 4,500 words start on a YA novel - usually around 60,000 words. This means you'd just about be finished writing your book, in 1 year. If you put in double the effort each day - you'd be finished in 6 months - double that again and you'd be done in 3 months!
Remember, the 10,000 hour rule will only make you accomplished, three times that will bring you to virtuoso standard. :)
Halloween is meant to be fun - full of dressing up; enjoying pumpkins and sweets and finding infinite homes to visit that have joined in the fun of making an awesome scary scene! Enjoy, but be safe!