New Year, New Leaf: so What’s New with Lee Strauss?

written by Lee Strauss | Lee Strauss, musings

January 1, 2016

I love New Year's Day. It's a holiday for most people and a universal time of reflection and goal setting. I always make a list each year of my goals (things I can make happen) and dreams (things I hope for, but can't make happen on my own.)

Goals are quantifiable. You CAN make it happen. “I will write everyday.” “I will visit my parents once a week.” That type of thing.

Dreams are just that, dreams. They can come true, but it takes more than your desire to make it happen. A little faith. A little good fortune. A lot of patience?

I'm going to list my goals and dreams for 2017 because, well, it's my blog. 🙂 And when it's written down, it becomes real and it's something I can look back on over the year to see how I did.

My Goals

  1. hire a personal assistant (done! More about her later.)
  2. start a new historical mystery series (more info on that coming soon!)
  3. write and publish every 60-90 days (shorter books more often)
  4. build my mailing list (are you on it? My subscribers are the first to hear all the news and book deals)
  5. create life/work balance (why I hired a PA – I can't do it all)
  6. submit standalone thriller manuscript to my agents

My Dreams

  1. Sell standalone thriller to Big 5 publisher
  2. Make a list (NYT and/or USA Today)
  3. Pay down my house
  4. Help my kids with college tuition

It's good to leave room for surprises, too. Last year my biggest surprise was selling the Perception Trilogy to Korea. One day I got an email asking if the Korean language rights were still available. Uh, yeah.

Check out these great covers!


#1 Zoe's Secret

#2 Noah's Choice

# Noah and Zoe's Love

I also gained representation by two New York agents. I hadn't seen that one coming last January. Another terrific surprise.

I'm excited to see what new surprises come this year.

How about you? Do you have a list of goals and dreams for 2017? Feel free to share them in the comments.

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