It seems completely crazy to me that half the year has gone by. After a crappy winter, my first as a divorced lady, plus a surgery (old news) and dealing with a POS car on top of all that, my spring smoothed out, THANK GOD.
Blaze got better and is fitting into our new family dynamics. I post a lot of pictures of her and my other cats over on Instagram. If you want to follow me there, click here for my profile link.
My car, after $600.00 in repairs, is running all right, but the countdown is on to buy something better.
I published The Years Between Us in May, but that too, is old news. Though, really, it doesn’t feel like old news. It still feels like a brand new book. Not many people have read it, and it has 0 reviews on Amazon. I have it on BookSprout, and if you want to nab a copy for review through that service, click here.
I had a nice vacation last month to Georgia with my sister, and I met up with David Willis, a fellow writer I met on Twitter a couple years ago. I can’t even tell you how much I adore the ocean.
Spring is about new beginnings. Summer about shaking off the winter, sleeping in, and picking up more hours at work. Things are going as well as anyone can say their life is going.
Planning my next six months won’t be much of an undertaking. Like Adam Croft said in a New Year’s interview with Joanna Penn, he doesn’t treat the new year any differently. He does what he needs to do to get the things he needs done to write and publish books. And I feel that way about the rest of 2019.
When you are running your own business, being a self-starter and a self-motivator is a must. No one can force you to do the work. All you can do is look in the mirror and ask yourself if you want to sell your books or not. If the answer is yes, well, you can’t sell what you don’t have.
I’ll be finishing my Wedding Party series in the next few months. I’m 18,000 words into book three. As I write, I’ve been exploring covers. Formatting will be a snap with Vellum, but to put links in the back of the books, I’ll have to publish all of them at once so the links will be available, then I’ll need to add the links to the back matter and swap out those files. It’s nothing less than what other successful indies do, but it still sounds like a pain in the ass.
Anyway, anyone keeping track of my progress knows I’m getting a little fed up with this lack-of-sales thing I’ve got going on. It’s not my way to whine–in fact I tend to avoid those who do on a consistent basis. I can’t handle how energy-sucking it can be. I need all the energy I have for myself.
In the next 12 months, you’ll be seeing a lot more progress reports from me. I’ll do this because:
- not all of us are making money at this writing thing, and it’s okay to talk about it.
- if I find something that works for me, I want to share it because it might work for you, too.
- I’m at a point where my backlist should be making me a little money. Focusing on writing and not marketing has been at fault, but this is why I’m experimenting now. I thought All of Nothing would be a game-changer for me, and it has been in some ways. It’s the most-read book I have. But that was luck or better timing as when I used a free day and ran a Freebooksy, All of Nothing was in KU.
My personal life probably has a lot to do with how I look at sales. But I’m not different than any other writer using their royalties to buy a better place to live, buy a newer vehicle, or pay down credit card debt.
Anyway, I’m doing what I can and what I can afford to do.
In September, I will be a part of an author panel and luncheon at the Fargo Public Library. I’ll be able to sell my books there too. A lovely woman who connected with me via LinkedIn emailed me the opportunity, and I said yes. While it may not yield any results, it made me remember that local networking can be just as important as networking online.
Something like this makes me excited I’m wide–if, after the luncheon, the library wants to carry my ebooks in their lending catalog, my books are available in the library program through Draft2Digital.
I’ll continue to blog in lieu of a newsletter. I prefer to blog, and every time I publish a new post, I gain new followers, so thank you for reading!
This post needn’t be too long. I’m struggling to write my books and stay afloat like many others out there. Some may have it better than me, some may have it worse. But as I have said many times in the past, we can only work with what we’ve got. Keep your chin up and a smile on your face.
Care to share how your 2019 is going? Drop me a comment.
Share a little triumph that will carry you for the rest of the year. ❤
My books are wide! Find them at your favorite ebook retailer.
Don’t Run Away: books2read.com/dont-run-away
Chasing You: books2read.com/Chasing-You
Running Scared: books2read.com/running-scared
Wherever He Goes: books2read.com/whereverhegoes1
All of Nothing: books2read.com/allofnothing1
The Years Between Us: books2read.com/the-years-between-us
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Good luck with your Wedding Party series completion!
Finally finished the manuscript and have sent it to certain agents/literary agencies after my best attempt to research them carefully, and make sure I submitted the correctly!
2019 is still the year of the learning curve/learning process on the writing front, but I’m eagerly awaiting the “Fears of a Clown” anthology that my short story will appear in. And looking for the best pathway to return to the ocean, myself!
Awww, Willow! Good luck querying! I hope that goes really well for you. 🙂 I’ve seen lots of authors find successful matches in the past few months, so I know you can do it, too! I wish you all the luck in the world, and don’t give up!
I’m a bit surprised and baffled that there aren’t more people leaving reviews of your books. With your free days you’ve gotten a lot of downloads, so I’m shocked you’re not seeing more reviews. Hopefully soon. The good thing is, the more you write, the better you get. I mean, I enjoyed the Summer Secrets and everything I’ve read since, but I can see your confidence growing in your stories with each new book. Keep it up! Every artist has to wait until they catch their big break…and they do. You’ve got this.
I’m about to write a previously published chapter in a new POV. It’ll help strengthen the story and the character so I’m excited, but a little bit nervous…which is why I’ve stalled a few days. This week, I tackle the task.
Thanks, Sarah! Good luck with your project! 🙂
Sorry to hear things have been rough with you. Here’s hoping things pick up soon. This industry is constantly up and down, and there’s plenty of time to get things moving upwards again. Sometimes you have to look after yourself first. You’ll get there.
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Thanks. It’s easy to forget this writing thing is a marathon not a sprint. You just want to hurry to the finish line!
Hang in there, Vania! Being a writer is a crazy choice, but it’s what we love to do. I’m also convinced that being active on your local scene is a good idea, too. It’s usually easier to start local, then radiate outward as you figure out what works.
Thank you! We’re alone so much we forget we aren’t alone in the struggle. I hope your own writing is going well! Thanks for reading. 🙂