Welcome to 2016

It’s a new year. I always feel like I need to reflect on the past year and all the good things that happened, or bad things that happened, and decide whether it was a great year or not. But, a year is an awfully long time and I think it’s hard to categorize it as one or another because it’s both. Life is both. I had some amazing things happen, things that I am truly grateful for. And I had some things happen that I would rather not experience again. But in the spirit of starting over, or at least starting a new year, I’d like to focus on some of the positives:

  1. My husband and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary. That means that he hasn’t gotten on my nerves so much that I’ve killed him yet :-P.
  2. I began this insanely crazy publishing journey and self-published 3 books.
  3. I sold over 1,000 books in my first month of being published.
  4. I got to go on some amazing vacations to places like the Bahamas, Florida, Myrtle Beach, and New York.
  5. I met some great new friends, both in the writing world and otherwise, and reaffirmed how amazing my current friends are.
  6. I saw some amazing theatre including Something Rotten and Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, which was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had.

The end of the year was a hard time for me and as I should have been writing, I found myself extremely unmotivated. The ideas floated through my head, but I just couldn’t bring myself to put them down on paper (or computer screen). I’m finally starting to feel more like myself and I’m going to use this blizzard/Snowzilla/Winter Storm Jonas to try to find my voice again.

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I think I’m also hesitant because I’ve started something new and that’s always scary. It’s a different type of story than what I’ve written before, and although it’s something that I would love to read, I also have no idea how to do it. But I always hold the advice Colleen Hoover once gave, “Write the story you want to read.” So that’s what I’m going to try to do. I’ll keep you posted and talk more about it when I know more myself.

Also, on another completely random note, I saw these articles on indie authors and self-marketing the other day and I found them really interesting. I think marketing is the hardest thing because the market is oversaturated, so how am I supposed to make my book stand out when it is purposefully like so many others? I hate talking about myself and constantly saying “look at me, look at me, buy my book, buy my book.” This author offers up two points of view that I really loved reading about. Check them out:

Please Shut Up: Why self-promotion as an author doesn’t work

Wait, Keep Talking: Author self-promo that actually works

To those of you on the East Coast, stay safe this weekend. To those of you elsewhere, enjoy the sunshine we’ll be missing ;-).

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