I pray that your new year get off to a positive start. As for me, I’m making it a mission to get things off on a good foot! Last year I had some ups and downs as an author. Some of the goals I had for myself I failed at miserably. While others, I was like, “You better go girl, witcha’ bad self!” LOL!
A goal I had was to attend a conference because it had been a while since I attended one. What I love most about conferences like BRAB is that authors get to commune with readers. Lucky for me the BRAB conference was only a 2 1/2 hour drive from my home. It was a joy reconnecting with readers and authors I met in the past. And meeting readers and authors for the first time was AMAZING!
Another goal was re-joining Romance Writers of America (RWA) and my local chapter. I’d joined earlier in my career and didn’t feel quite welcomed into the fold. 🙁 Since I’m being transparent here, I’m not ashamed to say my feelings were hurt after going to a few meetings, not feeling accepted and no one talking to me. I wanted so bad to be there because RWA and its local chapters have a wealth of knowledge authors at all levels can benefit from. And to connect with other authors, too. Because I wanted to work on my craft and become the best I could be, I decided to rejoin. Let me tell y’all, I was so nervous walking into that room knowing I probably was going to be the only Black woman… and I was. On the drive there I had a little talk with Jesus. I told him all about my fears. When I walked in there I was greeted with a big hug by Chantel, the chair of the membership committee. We had communicated a few times via email. Other women came up to me, introduced themselves and chatted with me. I couldn’t wait to share my experience with my twin, Suzette Harrison.
In 2018 will be about focusing on connecting with readers in my Facebook group – Suzette’s Romance Room. I have a few things up my sleeve I believe they will enjoy. I’ll be attending at least two reader conferences in 2018, releasing a novella and full-length novel. Drum roll please… and re-releasing the entire Love Conquers All Series! Yes, loves, with new book covers and all!
So, that’s it for me. Like always, I’m sure something else will come up in 2018 I’ll want to dip my toes into.
I pray that you will have a healthy and prosperous new year!
Until next time,