Director, Author Services, LinDee Rochelle, January 13, 2011:
Are you in a state of cerebral suspended animation? Hovering between the mind-numbing activity of the Holidays and any real motivation to begin work on your new book? Want a kick in the astral imagination to jump-start your New Year?
The news that isn’t news broke Tuesday—Earth’s shifting axis over the years should have caused reorganization of our astrological signs to accommodate. However, we humans simply plow our starry-eyed heads back into the sand and continue to believe—or not—in our 12-symbol Zodiac system, as is.
Before extremists ruin our fun and destroy thousands of years of predictions based on our Sun Signs, below are my purely pleasurable 2011 parlor-game predictions. Though tailored for each cosmic sign, feel free to wander through someone else’s horoscope and use what feels good!
L’s Annual Horoscopes for Authors
2011, Year of the Rabbit ~ in a word: Endurance
Capricorn (Dec. 22/Jan.19)–Shake off the leftover champagne bubbles, oh stubborn one! Though you have a reportedly dozen more years for your butterfly to emerge, rock that cocoon with new writing ideas: January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month; I’ll bet you have snippets of ideas floating around in there, ready for your muse to pounce on.
Aquarius (Jan. 20/Feb. 18)–This is an unusually clear year for you—use it wisely! Make your new-found clarity work for you and apply it to those seemingly crazy ideas you had last year. This year, they just might work! By July—Freedom from Fear of Speaking Month—you’ll be ready to tell the world about your new book.
Pisces (Feb. 19/Mar. 20)–Ah, the fish are restless, leaping in and out of the water. Settle down, dear Pisces, keep a steady hand on the wave and your writing will surpass anything you’ve previously published. April 10-16 is National Library Week; head over and nostalgically research the old fashioned way, and network with the librarians. Is there a speaking opportunity?
Aries (Mar. 21/Apr. 19)–The answer is blowin’ in the wind—the winds of change that is. Be prepared Girl & Boy Scouts! Remember, you create your future, and this is a good year for you to publish your musings and epiphanies of 2010. Start now and you could be prepared for November’s National Novel Writing Month—or even the Holiday buying season!
Taurus (Apr. 20/May 20)–Ah, 2011 is a powerful year for a powerful sign. Go forth dear Taurus and create! You haven’t had a truly new astrological adventure since 2000—it’s time. Stretch your writing imagination—February is Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month—open your mind to possibilities and publish with confidence that your story needs to be told.
Gemini (May 21/Jun. 20)–Hello double-trouble! Wonder what’s in store for your writing muse this double-one year? 2011 shall prove to be your most creative year in decades! It will be nose-to-the-grindstone, but you will be rewarded for your efforts. Think creatively with new ways to publish—June is Audio Book Appreciation Month—if you have one, market it—if you don’t, maybe it’s time!
Cancer (Jun. 21/Jul. 22)–My dear Crabby Cancer (just kidding!), your shell overflows with change. You’re at a turning point and it’s time to solidify your writing path. Weigh your options carefully with Libran concentration. Envision your future and make it happen, through your writing. If you haven’t considered converting your book to an e-Book, do it this year—and march it around the media pot o’ gold for March’s Read an E-Book Week (03/06-03/12)!
Leo (Jul. 23/Aug. 22)–Leo, Leo, Leo—can’t you think about anyone but yourself?! (Kidding!) Seriously, 2011 will find the kingly (or queenly) beast discontented and moody until your creative juices urge you to lead the way through the Emerald City’s field of flowers—somewhere around mid-May. A great time to take advantage of the May 8-14 Reading is Fun Week!
Virgo (Aug. 23/Sep. 22)–You’ve had a tough couple of years, Virgos, but put to use what you’ve learned since 2007. 2011 offers more stability (in your writing and life). Though you may share dreamy days with Pisces, this year is best served honing your marketing skills—new release or old, find a hook for your book and get it out there during September’s Shameless Promotion Month.
Libra (Sep. 23/Oct. 22 –Patience is prominent for you in 2011, pensive Librans. Reduce the clutter and bring your writing back into balance with inspired, but cautious and consistent steps. For others, the dog days of summer may be too hot to handle, but smart author Librans could make the most of Bad Poetry Day, August 18th and Weird Contest Week, August 16-19, and consider sponsoring a writing contest for your community. (Good PR.)
Scorpio (Oct. 23/Nov. 21)–Aha, we Scorpios are due to be impatient (what else is new) but inspired, as this year marks significant changes in life, based on our writing. The only Zodiac shapeshifter, we’ve been reinventing ourselves (again) since 2008—from the stinging Scorpion to the majestic Eagle (on our way to the peaceful Dove). Known for its magic, October is a great month to spread our wings and soar like a ghostly spirit into National Book Month. Boo!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22/Dec. 21)–We’re full circle with the Archer aiming an arrow for the stars in 2011. It’s all in your mind, Sag. You have the power to free yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally—which makes for great writing! Use the year to explore where you’ve never gone before and author success will be yours by December 16’s National Chocolate-covered Anything Day. (An extra reward!)
In case you didn’t notice, each horoscope includes a national holiday of some sort—I’ll bet you could market your book for at least three of those holidays—if you start now.
Endurance is our key word for the year. Through all of the Sun Signs is a strong need to persevere, which if you have a passion for your writing, is an innate trait. Come December 31st, it will have all been worth it.
Have a great year, authors! … LinDee
[Disclaimer: We’re just having fun, here! Neither I nor Infinity Publishing lay claim to visions of the future or supernatural powers. Although I wouldn’t mind a day as Samantha from Bewitched so I could finish my own book! Heehee. Holidays gleaned from Brownielocks; Chart clipart; Scorpio clipart.]