Monday, December 13, 2010

New Year's Giveaway

The winner of the giveaway is: Frank! Congratulations, Frank. Send me your contact info and I'll have the card emailed to you. Thanks to everyone who participated.

New Year's resolutions: We all talk about them, but rarely follow through. Mostly we trot out the same, tired proclamations with no motivation to actually DO anything.

Yeah. Been there and done that.

But this year I'm dreaming/scheming big, and I'll bet I'm not the only one. (All of a sudden John Lennon's Imagine is playing in my head.)

For 2010, I set the goal of finding a new agent. I absolutely hit the jackpot with that goal, and was approached in May by powerhouse agent Robert Gottlieb of Trident Media Group after the kindle versions of my two novels were bestsellers. He's been absolutely wonderful and I'm so excited about what 2011 will bring. Who says miracles can't happen?

What are your most AUDACIOUS goals for 2011?

I'm going to give away a $25 Amazon gift card to one commenter here who shares her/his list of outrageous (but achievable) goals for the next 12 months.

I'll choose the winner on the evening of January 1, 2011.
(PG-rated, please!)


Anonymous Caridad Pineiro said...

1. To lose 20 pounds by March 19 Liberty States Conference. (I and a number of Liberty States friends agreed to this during a holiday party. No alochol was involved).
2. To write a vampire menage story that won't leave my brain.
3. To have a year of good health and happiness.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year as well.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Firetulip said...

This is not a New Year's resolution, I don't make them usually, but my most "audatious" goal is to go home for the summer. The flight alone for the family of four will be around $5000 and then there's the spending money but I'm determined and must put every penny into that fund. Even if that means no presents for Christmas. But, this is a present too, only it doesn't come wrapped and under the tree and it's so far away at the moment that kids don't get it.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

1. To hit the New York Times Best Seller List
2. Be cured of Multiple Sclerosis so I won't have to take shots any more
3. To be more positive

7:55 AM  
Blogger Rebecca Zanetti said...

2011 is the year of health for me. I'm going to get in shape and learn to relax. :)

I'd also like to sell another series.

Great post!

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Rosalie Lario said...

Oh boy. Here's my list!

1. To land an agent and get a contract for my series.

2. To finally finish the urban fantasy that's been kicking around in my head for over a year now.

Fingers crossed!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Tabitha Blake said...

Well finish my first draft of my ms. Start the next story in the series while doing edit. I also have to blog and run my crit group.I would love to loose about ten pounds but that's tough when I am always sitting at the computer.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Mathis said...

my goal is to save enough to have a family vacation, bout 3000 dollars

11:44 AM  
Blogger Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Here's my New Year's Resolution list:

1. To lose 10 pounds by next month.

2. To find a new job by the end of next year.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Natasha A. said...

I want to get healthy. I'm not setting a number goal, but I want to be able to walk up to the top of my library (5 story's) and not be winded.
I want to write better reviews.
I will finish my diploma! *squee* only been working on it for 6 years!
And I will just put I want to *blank blank* in order to keep this PG :D

12:54 PM  
Blogger Marie Andreas said...

oooooo- hmmm ok

1) lose 40 pounds by this time next year
2) Find an amazing agent who LOVES my work
3) sell ALL FOUR series I have (you said Audacious- right? ;))
4) get invited to speak at a local writer's conference :)

12:59 PM  
Blogger Beth Caudill said...

My goals for 2011 are unfortunately the same as this year:

1) Write a novel length manuscript.

2) Make RWA PRO

3) Lose at least 25 pounds.

1:30 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

To lose weight and get in shape. I really really want to do this but its so hard to convince myself to exercise.

Happy New Year!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Robin Sullivan said...

To make the release of my husband's trilogy fantasy series as successful as possible by contributing and working with the marketing, sales, and editorial team at the big-six NY publisher that just signed him up in October.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Kimber Leszczuk. said...

To make as many people laugh as possible.

To practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

To be a better person than I was in 2010 - nicer, kinder, more encouraging and positive.

To replace every negative thought I have with a positive one.

To be kinder to myself. When I find myself thinking I am too fat, or stupid or not good enough I am going to replace it with a positive thought.

I am going to exercise everyday even if it is just a short walk or 20 minutes of Just Dance on the Wii

I am going to eat healthier even if it just means a salad each day with one meal or replacing ground beef with ground chicken.

I am going to smile more.

I am going to say I love you to my family more often. That includes calling my mom, my brother and my sister at least once a week.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

1. To pass all the University entrance exam I've taken.
2. To save a lot of money for books.
3. To be a lot less lazier than I am now. :)


sauvadeavelle at yahoo dot com

4:34 PM  
Blogger Cybercliper said...

I hate making resolutions because I don't always get even close to achieving them but I make them anyway. My resolutions this year are:

1. Exercise for 30 minutes 5 days a week.

2. Start a journal and stick with it more that a month!

3. Spend more time doing what I want to do.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

1. To lose weight for health reasons.
2. To get back to walking when I can.
3. Visit Hawaii or Australia and see some hunky men on the beach.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Pamk said...

1. to walk on a regular schedule this year.
2. to loose 50 lbs by this time next year.
3. to finish scrapbooking my 3 vacation albums. of one I only like 8 pages the other 2 are not started yet.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Chelsea B. said...

Mine are not very wild, but mean a lot to me:

Lose weight: For both health and to feel better about myself.

Finish my second story and edit my first.

Those are my two major one's :-)

9:35 PM  
Blogger Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Hey Lynda!!!! Hugs to you! It has been to long my dear friend!

My goal.. Is to allow my hubs to see that he needs to open up a bit more. Towards me. Show affection - to me... show anything - to me. And that will be a feat... We have been together for many a few years... and I am still waiting... Not to change him... just get him to see...

Hope all is well my dear friend!

9:54 PM  
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11:24 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

1. To be better at "saying no" to people.

2. To save some money instead of spending it all once I get some.

3. To lose some weight and just be more healthy.

4. To start appreciating myself more and see the goodness in me.


11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to take a trip to Tibet, then move to my heart-home, then marry my soul mate. Way audacious!

6:06 PM  
Blogger J.A. Kazimer said...

I'm making a anti-new year's resolution involving gaining 20 pounds, eating high fat and calorie meals, and taking up smoking. I might even marry a serial killer.

I figure if none of the above come true, I'm having a heck of a new year.

Best of the new year to you.

8:12 PM  
Blogger latishajean said...

I have to say to get healthy more them anything been real sick!
I want to try and gain 5 pounds to look alittle more healthy. Nothing huge but big for me!
I look forward to finding and reading some new books for 2011!
happy hoildays :)

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Alex D said...

1. Continue doing well in school, aiming for those A's.
2. Work on the virtue of patience.
3. Maintain the confidence to love me for me ^_^

11:24 PM  
Blogger Aik said...

1. Get good results in all the exams.
2. Exercise at least 3 days a week.
3. Learn to manage my time wisely.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

5:39 AM  
Blogger Spav said...

1. Finish writing my book.
2. Improve at tennis.
3. Go running every day

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. To convert my novels to kindle versions and learn how to put them up at

2. To get rid of my shitty day job.

3. To get an agent.


5:38 PM  
Blogger Tanya1224 said...

I see caridad P. left a post...awesomeness ;) My goal is to quit yelling. My poor 4 yr old gets yelled at quite a bit (because he doesn't ever listen)and it really doesn't do anything. So I'm going to try and stop yelling and speak softly. He'll probably listen then because of shock ;) Thanks for a chance to win. love me some gift cards. Books, books and more books!

8:58 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

To do my own version of NaNoWriMo through the month of February (which is the shortest month of the year, I know). We'll see if I even have time to START the novel.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Lynda Hilburn said...

Wow. So many great comments. Keep them coming!

4:07 PM  
Blogger DanielleQ.Lee said...

I have pretty high standards set myself this year.

1) Finish writing Victorian Thriller
2) Finish writing the YA Trilogy
3) Have an agent propose to me, contract in hand, on one knee
4) Yah, lose weight.
5) Have a huge publishing house propose to me, contract in hand, on both knees

4:38 PM  
Blogger Darlyn said...

I want to lose 5kgs to be 55kgs and read at least 150 books next year!

Happy New Year!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Travveller said...

1. To get my art into a reputable Santa Fe Gallery.

2. To take my family to both San Luis Obispo and Acadia National Park.

3. To taste 5 new (and preferably exotic) fruits.

4. To learn to fly an ultralight.

4:02 PM  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

1. To study even more than usual to boost up my science class grades. (Procrastination and books have always taken up some time)
2. To cut down even more on shopping, and I mean ANY type of shopping.

Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Turner said...

Ok, if you said dream big for 2011, I'll take it to the extreme. Normally I try to dream realistically, but it's a New Year, so I'm pulling out the stops.

1) My first book, The Lost Secret of Fairies, is listed on Oprah's Book Club for a children's lit. pick.

2) To have "Lost Secret of Fairies" picked up for it's movie rights, and possible interest in following movies for the other books.

3) To have dinner with Robert Downey, Jr.

OK, you said dream big. There you go.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

1. Find a decent job
2. Eat better
3. Lose 20 lbs.
4. Finish my first novel
5. Be nicer
6. Have a better attitude

4:56 AM  

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