I HIT A MILESTONE age this year, and it hit me in ways I didn’t expect.
I expected to be grumpy about the new number in the beginning of my age. I expected to feel older.
But I didn’t expect to feel so reflective.
I’ve spent a lot of time looking back on my life lately, and thinking about how I got to where I am today. And while I worry about different things with this approaching decade that I did with those past milestones, I realized that each decade is marked by an evolution of my character—and a deeper understanding of who I am and who I want to be.
Businesses are like that, too. But business milestones are to personal ones like dog years are to human years. So, while I might take my personal development by decades, in the business world, it’s more of a yearly thing.
It’s not surprise, therefore, that businesses often have annual retreats or annual meetings. Long-term thinking is usually crafted into a five-year plan. A lot can happen in five business years. A lot can happen in one.
And at WMG Publishing, it has. Take, for example, our website.
Even from the inside, it’s been fun watching this website evolve over the past year. From static book lists to a weekly blog (thanks for reading!) to a dynamic site with new offerings five days a week, including free stories, podcasts and even a free novel (chapter by chapter <g>), we’ve continued to evolve this public online personality into something we hope you’ll agree is worthy of a relationship of sorts. We want you to keep visiting us. Often.
And because you do visit us often (I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt <g>), I wanted to alert you to some changes you’ll be seeing occur here in the coming weeks.
We’ll begin a major redesign of this website ’round about the beginning of January. You’ll see minor changes before that. Our home page will look very different, and the functionality of our website will change to be more user friendly. I won’t say much more yet. Spoilers.
But some things will stay the same, such as this blog, the podcasts, the free fiction, the novel serialization, etc. We love those elements, and we believe you do, too. But they will move off the home page. Don’t worry. We’ll make sure you can still find them easily.
Our home page, instead, will be dedicated to our key titles and new and upcoming releases. Because you love to read, or you wouldn’t be here. And we want to keep you reading. That is, after all, what we do.
So, stay tuned, and let us know what you think about these changes. Because our mission remains the same: You are why we do what we do. Without you, we’re just screaming into the void. And that’s no piece of fiction.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer