2020 Vision for Authors and Writers

We’ve curated a group of great articles from around the Web to assist you with your writing goals in the New Year and next decade. 

The Hottest Book Marketing Trends for 2020

The Top 7 Publishing Trends of 2020 and Beyond

2020 Book Marketing Predictions, Trends, & Hopes

Transform The Publishing Industry Outlook In 2020

Social Media Trends for 2020: 50+ Industry Experts Define Trends You Should Know

This is a good start and these articles and the important information in each should help you forward a lucrative business in the coming year. We want you to have 2020 vision. 

The End of a Decade: A Few Quotes for Celebration and Reflection

Bye 2019 and hello 2020. A new decade approaches soon. Here are some inspirational quotes to celebrate and reflect on this really big change. 

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
― Taylor Swift

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
― T.S. Eliot

“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.”
― Arnold Bennett

“You raze the old to raise the new.”
― Justina Chen Headley

“Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.”
― Richie Norton

“Perhaps that is where our choice lies — in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things, and how we will greet each new beginning.”
― Elana K. Arnold

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
― Brad Paisley

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Be inspired.

20 Things to Do Before 2020

We want you to live your best life now. If you are a writer, want to be a writer or have some other goal you’d like to complete, we offer these 20 things to do before January 1, 2020. 

  1. Meditate and pray about the life you want to have. 
  2. Meditate and pray for direction on achieving that life. 
  3. Throw away 20 things that are useless. These are things that you would not give a soul. Throw them out.
  4. Give away 20 things that are useful to someone else. Around your home are 20 things you no longer need but could bless someone else. Give them away.
  5. Write a list of 20 places you want to visit in the next decade.
  6. Write a list of 20 people that you want the best for in the next decade. It can be longer than twenty people. 
  7. Write a list of 20 new things you want to try in the next decade. This list can be shorter. 
  8. If you have a Pinterest account, create a secret board, and pin 20 images that are motivational and aspirational such as a new house or a new car. Use it like a vision board. Have fun and you are not limited to 20 pins. 
  9. Make a list of 20 books you want to read in the coming year. 
  10. Contact at least 20 people who have been kind to you over the years. Contact them how you wish, but let them know.
  11. Write a list of 20 (or more) things you are grateful for in the past year and departing decade. 
  12. Find an exercise you can do for 20 minutes regularly like walking or dancing to favorite music or water exercises. Find that exercise and commit to it for 20 days. 
  13. Give yourself 20 minutes to clean a closet or set of drawers. Just do it. 
  14. Create a fantasy list of 20 people you would love to meet in the next decade, if not sooner.
  15. Create a list of things you would do to help someone else. 
  16. Watch a video or a series of videos that instructs you on a topic you want to learn more about such as writing or drawing or baking. Vimeo and YouTube have tons of instructional videos that are free. 
  17. Write a list of 20 things you like about you and your life. 
  18. Create one space in your living quarters that is just for you and just for doing absolutely nothing, sit there and do nothing. 
  19. Take a cozy nap by any means necessary. Give yourself permission to simply nap. 
  20. Write a love letter to yourself. You deserve to know you are loved. 

Happy New Year and Happy 2020!

A 2019 Round-up of a Few of Our Favorite Posts for You

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite posts that are focused on you and your work. Feel free to share them with friends, and tell us which posts moved or helped you the most this year. 

7 THINGS TO DO THIS FALL TO REFRESH YOUR SPIRIT

10 PODCASTS THAT INSPIRE

ESSENTIAL SELF-CARE TIPS FOR WRITERS AND CREATIVES

READ MORE, WRITE BETTER

BOOK MARKETING 101: YOU NEED TO WORK A PLAN

7 SUMMER BOOK OR PRODUCT PROMOTIONS THAT COST LITTLE TO NOTHING

“LOVE WALKED IN” IS NOW AVAILABLE!

AUTHOR AND BOOK MARKETING TIPS FOR INSTAGRAM

TIPS TO BECOMING RELATABLE ON YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKS

SITES WITH WRITING CONTEST LISTS

Thank you for following us this year. We hope to provide even better content in the new year and decade. 

Be Like Oprah and Create a Holiday Favorite Things Guide

Oprah is the ultimate influencer. If she says she likes a product or book or movie or even a person, others flock right to it. You have influence too, so share a few of your favorite things with your audience too. Here is a quick step-by-step:

  • Choose 5 – 10 items you can showcase with a link and graphic. Tell people why you love that item. Choose items within an affordable price range. 
  • Tag the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Let the company or person know you are sharing their product. 
  • If creating a graphic or meme, then make sure your social handles, website and logo are on the graphic of the product. 
  • Schedule it out over a day or two.

You are giving gift ideas but you are also sharing a piece of yourself with others. You might gain some new followers as a result.

Facebook Business Pages Changes that You Could Actually Like

If you have a Facebook business page, then recent changes could actually work to your advantage as you market your brand. 

  • They’ve done away with the gray verification badge and the awkward verification process. Blue badges for well-known names and brands remain the same, but those gray badges are gone. 
  • You can no longer schedule individual posts from Pages, but you can schedule using  Creator Studio, Business Manage, or Publishing Tools. You can also still use Hootsuite or other third-party tools. 
  • Slowly they’ve rolling out a new design and a new logo. The logo is animated on mobile. Study the new design closely to find your favorite tools and features more readily. 
  • Secret Facebook groups are now called Closed groups. If you have a group attached to your business page, take note. 
  • Facebook is testing new photo layouts for multi-image posts, which is great for photos of varying sizes. 
  • The algorithm is changing, but while it is being tested, it could work to your advantage in that more people will be able to find you. Let’s hope that remains. 
  • Check your Messenger and Pages connections for new features like appointment booking. 
  • And if you have your business Instagram account linked to your Facebook page, you can post a story on Instagram and it can be shared as a Facebook story. 

These are good changes so far. If you know of others, share in a comment, please. 

Engage Your Audiences with These 5 Holiday Hacks

Get ready for the holiday season when you automate your activity on social media. These five hacks will not only help you keep your audience engaged but also engage them in a way to show you care. 

  • Taste of Home has wonderful short recipes for desserts and cookies, punches, and dips you can put on a social media meme or graphic with a holiday spin. In an accompanying post, ask them to share their favorites in a comment. Be sure to credit your source for the recipe. 
  • Create music playlists on Spotify or YouTube to share. Do one a week for a month. 
  • WikiHow has this marvelous list of ways to help during the holiday. Choose a few and post them on graphics. 
  • Pick a day and host a virtual holiday party. Play music all day, post holiday-themed quotes on graphics, ask your audience to share their holiday wishes, and take the time to thank them for following you. Be creative and have fun.
  • Change your social media covers on Facebook and Twitter to reflect the holiday season. Add some snowflakes and holly to your regular graphics. It’s like decorating your home. 

It takes a few hours to create these things and schedule them. Show up when you can to “talk” to your following and lift their spirits in the process. You never know who could use the cheer.