Although I can’t quite believe we’re here at the start of a brand new year again, we are. So here’s to a great 2016 for you all.
And as this time of year calls for, it’s time to look back over the ups and downs of 2015, and to set out my goals for 2016.
This time last year, I was still a short story writer, with ambitions of releasing a book of my own. That ambition was realised in May with the release of my debut novella, Cutting the Bloodline. This release also saw me learn how to code an ebook from scratch. That was certainly a steep learning curve, but totally worth it.
In July, I made a big personal and financial commitment to my writing career by signing up to a book marketing course. It’s already taught me a lot, most importantly, how to focus on the long game, to keep moving forward while keeping my eye on my future goals.
October saw my next book release with The Bottle Stopper, the first book in The Paper Duchess series. Again, another big commitment to my writing career. And December saw the release of the paperback version. And, voila, I’ve also learnt to format a hard copy book.
Besides releases, 2015 has been a great year for networking, both locally and internationally, with some important relationships forged and strengthened. And with some true friendships made.
2015 was largely quiet in my personal life, just a few new routines to settle into. Not so 2016. Spring will see a big upheaval with the arrival of my second child, and I can’t even begin to predict what that will do to my writing routine. So, goal one for the new year, is to get the next Paper Duchess book, The Substitute, published before then. It will be a lot of work, but at least I have the formatting knowledge down, so that part of it will be a lot quicker this time round.
Beyond that, it’s a little hard to plan. I’ll just have to take it a day at a time with an overall goal of continuing my book series while taking time out to write and submit more short stories. They’re a good break from the books, and stretch my writing muscles with their tight word count limits, deadlines, and set themes.
And that’s pretty much it. What are your goals for the coming year?
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