As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but think about what a wild, sometimes devastating, ride 2015 has been for me. I didn’t get the chance to accomplish all my goals for the year, but I’m okay with that, because what I did accomplish I never thought I could do in the first place. This year has unfortunately been more terrible than good, but here I am, still standing and ready for what is to come.
With all the struggles I’ve faced this year, a lot of my publishing career has been put on the back burner. As an Indie author, I just couldn’t afford to invest the money it takes to put a good book into your hands, not to mention the hands of new readers. I didn’t have the time or money to invest in marketing, and I couldn’t spread the news about my books by word of mouth all on my own. It has forced me to make some decisions that I didn’t want to, like push back future publications longer than I expected and pursue other options for the new books I’ve written.
So, with saying all that, I wanted to let you in on a few not-so-secret things that could help get my books into your hands sooner:
-First, tell your friends. Spread the word about my books anyway you can. Word of mouth is the best gift you can give an author.
-Second, write a review. Reviews make or break a book and it helps author’s gain notice. It doesn’t have to be a book report. Writing a simple line about how you enjoyed the book makes a world of difference to authors.
-Third, interact with me on social media. It’s easy to scroll past my posts on social media, and the more you scroll, the more I start to disappear. Interacting keeps me around, and it also helps me gain visibility in a time where social media is trying to force me into paying to show you anything. I’m just not going to do it.
-Fourth, sign up for my infrequent newsletter, so you can stay up-to-date on everything to do with my books. This way you’ll never miss any news, sneak peeks, and even giveaways.
Doing even one of these things helps tremendously, and it’d help me release more books for you to enjoy. Also, let me know if you do any of these things. I’d like to thank you personally!
As for my plans for the upcoming year, I will try everything in my power to release the rest of the Finding Nate series. I’ve been working hard on them for months, and I can’t wait to share the rest of Mira and Nate’s story. I’ll also try to publish one more companion series, which I think is my favorite yet, but only time will tell. My other goals for 2016 are to blog more consistently, send out more newsletters, feature twice as many books from authors I love, hold more giveaways, and to reach fifty reviews for Destined for Dreams. I’d also like to write a completely new series and a standalone novel, which I’m most excited about. While I love the Creature Council and the HPA world, I’m ready to explore new places and people in my writing.
On a final note, I’d like to thank every single one of you for following me and reading my books. Thanks for the kind comments and for loving my stories. You’ve been my shining light through my dismal year, and I appreciate you with my entire heart.
Happy New Year!