"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~George Santayana

The year is winding down. Before we hit the reset button to the new year, it's good to pause and take stock of the past twelve months. What were your wins? What were the areas where you struggled? What can you learn from 2018 that can help you build for a great 2019?

We've found some articles to help you as you wrap up 2018 including:


~ New this week ~

On our YouTube channel

Publishers Weekly reported in June that audio book sales jumped 22.7% from 2017 to 2018 with revenue of $2.8 billion - with B! Have you got a book published or one you'll be publishing in 2019? If so, this conversation with Will Dages of Findaway Voices is a must-watch as you plan your author strategy for the coming year.

In our free Resource Room

If you're not sure where to focus your time and energy with regard to your author planning, this Writer Self-Evaluation is a great worksheet to have a look at. It will give you some ideas for areas to focus on moving through 2019, whether you have a book ready to sell or not.


~ For Creative Academy Members ~

Of interest in our Members' Only community

Want to get fired up for the New Year? Consider crafting your Writer Manifesto.

Wondering how you'll schedule time for creativity? Check out this talk from our very own Crystal on how to do just that.

Office hours, writing sprints and special topic gatherings

✏️ Special Event: Virtual Planning Retreat ✏️

Have you signed up for The Creative Academy retreat on December 29th from 10am to 3pm (Pacific)? We've got a lot of exciting things planned for you and it's going to be your chance to get everything together to make sure your 2019 is amazing. Reserve your spot by emailing Donna. And, if you have a writing friend who you think would benefit from some book planning kickassery, let us know their name and email when you RSVP, so we can add them to our reminder email.

Office Hours Replays

Thinking about querying agents? Not sure why you might want an agent? Either way, Eileen's got the answers in her recent Happy Hour all about, you guessed it, agents! She also has a wonderful hour during which she talks about ticking clocks, story structure and how to make a manuscript longer. You'll find them both (and exactly 50 more Happy Hour replays) right here!

In Crystal's Strategic Author sessions this past week she tackled a football field worth of topics, including (but not limited to) comparing KDP to Ingram Spark, website design, MailerLite tips, and BookBub author pages. You can also find Part 3 of the Manly Series Makeover. Find all the strategy right here!

And in the last pop-up, drop-in NaNo focused mastermind group, Donna and the gang focused on what we do now with all the scrappy rough draft words we wrote in November. It's all about ways to approach editing that manuscript to get it ready to, perhaps, pitch to an agent in 2019. Here all the hive mind's thoughts right here!

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~ Creative Advice Prompt ~

You've been doing a lot of reflecting on your own past year, identifying what worked for you and what didn't, and now it's time to have your character do some deep thinking. Write a journal article where your character reflects on the year before your book/story opens and see what happened to them in their recent past to get a more clear idea of what might create triggers or become resources for them to use in the story you're telling,

Eileen, Crystal and Donna