New Year’s Reflections–2016

So here it is, January again, and it’s time for my annual reflection on the year past. Last January my goals for 2015 were modest ones–sort of–and I’m ready to check in to see how I did.

1. Publish my second book (fingers crossed my editor likes it!)

She did, and I did. 🙂 My second book, Secret Promise, released October 30. SecretPromise_w9701_750

2. Finish and submit two more books

Um, no. I started four books, but haven’t finished any of them, yet. One of the things that 2015 taught me is that it’s okay to go at my own pace, and that my pace is slow and meandering, like those Family Circus cartoons showing Jeff’s wandering path through the neighborhood–yes, that’s my brain.

3. Go to the RWA National Conference in New York

PCers RWA15 with AM

Me, at left, and some of my amazing HSG friends

I did! It was fun and informative, and I got to shake the hands of some of my favorite authors. Although I usually wanted to curl up in a tiny ball of introvert at the end of the day, I am glad I went. I even pitched to an agent for the first time, which was a bit demoralizing (she hated the idea I pitched, which led to the unfinished nature of one of those books above) but not quite as bad as I thought it would be (she was very nice and liked an idea for another one–also one of the books above). My husband and son came to NYC with me, so we spent hours at the end of most days, exploring the city and eating phenomenal food.

4. Go to England for *ahem* research11223860_10207368133666426_1523299708498267649_n

Didn’t make it to England, but I did make it to Paris for my 20th wedding anniversary, which was awfully nice. It did, however, involve more wandering through museums, eating amazing French food, and drinking delicious French wine than research, and I left my laptop at home. 🙂

So what’s on tap for 2016?

2016 will see me finish at least two books (really!), and hopefully more. One is very close to done, thanks in large part to my discovery of the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival. Check it out, writer friends!

I hope to make it to RWA Nationals again this year, since it’s in San Diego, which I love. I would like to query one of those books mentioned above to an agent, and see where that goes. And I still desperately want to make that trip to England.

As always in January, despite the snow and the cold (and this year, the mind-numbing sadness at the loss of so much artistic talent), I am hopeful about the new year’s possibilities.

May you reach for, and achieve, your own dreams. Happy New Year!

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About Marin McGinnis

A lawyer in real life, Marin McGinnis feeds the more creative part of her soul by writing Victorian era romance and mystery. She's spent almost half her life in a tree-lined, unabashedly liberal suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She's been married to the same great guy for over 20 years, and has one teen-aged son. They all live together in a drafty old house with their two standard poodles, Larry and Sneaky Pete. While her very first book will languish under the bed, the next book, Stirring Up the Viscount, won two contests in 2013 and was published by The Wild Rose Press in January 2015. Her next two books, Secret Promise and Tempting Mr. Jordan, are also available from Wild Rose Press. Marin currently serves as President of the Northeast Ohio chapter of Romance Writers of America and is hard at work on the next book. You can find her here, at, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

2 Responses to New Year’s Reflections–2016

  1. Jennifer says:

    That’s awesome! I’m always so hopeful in January for the new year too!
    Good luck!

  2. Lynn Crain says:

    Nice post. New year’s are always nice because you can reset everything.

    I think this year is going to be really exciting for us all!

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