No, I’m not heading back to grad school. Been there, done that, thank you very much. G.M.A.T. stands for Get My Act Together.

I’ve spent the past few days at a fantastic marketing conference put on by Dan Blank of We Grow Media, and naturally, as is the tendency after an energizing conference, I am filled with ideas. Too many really. I’ve got so many projects I want to tackle: a single title romance inspired by Cyrano d’Bergerac, a family saga, a mystery series and of course, my Harlequin Romances. And then there are the marketing ideas I want to implement to help me reach more readers. Listening to people like Bella Andre and Barbara Freethy made me realize that all these projects are feasible -so long as I organize myself and work smart.

In fact, if I were to list the best advice I got from this seminar it was Work Smart. I don’t need to use every single marketing tool out there. Nor do I have to go crazy tweeting links or posting reviews. (I don’t know about you, but that type of marketing is a huge turn off to me anyway). The best marketing is to be myself. And, of course, to write great stories.

Which gets me back to my list of projects. Like I said, my head is swimming with great ideas. I’m going to take some time now to reflect on how I want to tackle them all. The fact that it’s November is perfect – I can think of this in terms of planning for 2014. Over the next couple weeks I’ll share my plans here on the blog, mainly because I like to share things. If you feel like sharing your plans for 2014 – or if you have suggestions for me, speak up!

PS: You’ll have to excuse me if this blog post is less than eloquent.  I’m still processing all that I learned.  I do have exciting plans for this blog that I think you’ll enjoy – I’ll share next week!

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