IWSG Day- 5 Year Plan & Book Promotion

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Wow, it’s December, the final month of the year. And also the final IWSG of 2016 too. It’s been a great year, and turbulent as well. Still, I’m blessed to have and give much needed support through this writing community. All made possible by ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh. So thank you Alex and thank you Chrys, Stephanie, Quanie, Toni and Ula. Thank you to everyone I missed. Thank you for making 2016 a little bit better with your words of encouragement. With sharing our highs and our lows. Don’t think I can say it enough, but thank you. And Happy Holidays!

Don’t forget to check out our awesome co-hosts today Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

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December 7 Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

Where do I see myself in 5 years? I have no idea. But I know where I’d like to be.

With at least two books published. Either through traditional or self-publishing means. More than likely, I’d still be working at my job and writing at the same time. Hopefully, after five years, I can write for a living.

Call it modesty or under reaching, but I see it as being practical. After all, I have two kids and a husband to feed. And what is it that they say? That you don’t really make a living off writing until your third or fifth book?

But then I can always get lucky and win the lotto in the next five years. It’ll give me plenty of time to write and publish to my heart’s content.

Still, that’s only if I’m lucky. Until then, I’ll write, revise, rewrite, edit. Find beta readers, start the process all over again. Enter some Twitter pitch sessions, query agents/publishers from my Excel list.

How about you? Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Today, I’m giving a shout out to author Leigh W. Stuart and her novel The 12 Dares of Christmas. I discovered Leigh Stuart on Wattpad where I fell in love with her novel Two Tickets to Paradise. If you like reading romance novels, be sure to give this author a read. Her newest book, The 12 Dares of Christmas is now available on Amazon.


The 12 Dares of Christmas

’Tis the season to be daring…

Lauren Hall has one wish for Christmas this year—raise money to build a new, no-kill animal shelter for the town of Sycamore Cove. And she is prepared to do anything to make it happen. Even dare a man she just met to perform a strip tease for the local knitting society.

Gabe Nicholson has one wish too—obtain the job of a lifetime to launch his career. Only his wishes get snowballed when his best friend’s little sister hands him a pair of stripper pants and a bottle of eggnog-flavored body oil.

It’s all sugar plums and mistletoe until a scandal caused by Lauren’s fundraiser threatens to ruin it all. With Gabe’s work opportunities disappearing before his eyes and Lauren’s fundraising efforts tanking, their game of dares stands to burn them both. Unless it ignites a spark of Christmas magic.

What readers are saying:

‘…a Christmas romance that leaves you wishing for your own sexy Ginger-man for Christmas!!!’ Jamie Slayton

‘The romance is smoking hot but retains its sweet innocence. This witty, charming book will win every heart.’ Ann Writes, author of Dork in Love

‘…sultry sex scenes…’ The Library Journal

‘This Christmas novel is a lot like the perfect Christmas pudding – fruity, steamy, and with lashings of good humour.’ Juliet Lyons, author of Dating the Undead

Amazon | Goodreads

About the Author

Leigh W. Stuart was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, daughter to an English teacher. Although she decided to be a writer by the age of six years old, she later talked herself out of it and went on to study French and German in college. She met her husband in Switzerland (or as she calls it, the Marvelous Land of Cheese and Chocolate), where she studied abroad one year, and they now live there with their two children. Love of reading inevitably transformed into a love of writing and she is thrilled to begin a new adventure as an author of romance. Connect with her at:


On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeighWStuartauthor/

And on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LWStuart


PS Did you know that Can You Catch My Flow? was released two years ago? Actually, it was first released on Smashwords on December 3, 2014. To celebrate, with a Smashwords coupon, the poetry chapbook was free that weekend. And now I’m extending my Rafflecopter giveaway, for the print book, celebrating this 2 year anniversary until Saturday, December 10. Good luck!





  1. Lidy, I think being practical about how much money one can make in fiction is smart. I know a traditionally published author who was looking for a part-time job to supplement her income last time we spoke. There are very few golden tickets. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, of course. Best of luck!

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    • Thanks Karen. It’s a dog eat dog world and publishing is a not a world that’s easy to break into. So as you said, there’s very few golden tickets. I remember a story my college professor told about his friend how’d quit his job and lived on credit cards. So not the route I want to take.


    • I know. Felt the same when I first heard it. But I can see why. As a debut published author, unless your first book is a home run hit, it takes time to build a readership/fan base/following.


    • Thanks Alex. And with their support I’m going to make it possible where we all can live off my writing. Plus, it’s good to show my sons about going after your dreams.


  2. Being practical is the best way to go. We all have dreams of success and being the next ‘big thing’ but sadly it’s not in the cards for most. On the other side, many people view success in different ways. Best of luck on your journey. 🙂

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    • Yes, success is subjective. I can dream all I want about making it big and have a movie adaptation. And have it directed by Chris Columbus. But still, such things won’t happen, even once in a blue moon, if I don’t write.


  3. Hi Lidy. Thank you for your honest reflection today. It’s hard having so many roles and still trying to make dreams come true. I am in the same boat with a job and two small children. I wish you much success and many dreams come true this year and into the next.

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