2015 – the year that was

As I read other people’s 2015 reflections, I struggle to put mine together. Writing wise, it was pretty slow. I sold Unspoken (which was later renamed to Her Sweetest Downfall) and was published by Blue Tulip Publishing in April 2015. It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

As for the rest of the year, there was the usual family and work stuff, but I vowed to dedicate some time in promoting my works. I improved my website and worked hard on adding followers to my Facebook page.

For the later half of 2015, I spent a lot of time and money (Ssshh!) into promotion. While others failed, some succeeded.

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Her Sweetest Downfall saw its lowest Amazon rank of #27,811 and #47 in 20th century historical romance. I was very excited in seeing those results.

I started new projects and began working on a WIP called Grey Dawn. I was keen to write another historical fiction but after poor responses and sales, I decided to turn it into a speculative fiction, drawing some ideas from previous works into one.

2015 also marks the year I finished and sold my next release Rogue Agent to Limitless Publishing. I am excited to work with this new publisher and see where our new relationship takes us. Rogue Agent is scheduled for release on March 15 2016. I’m yet to receive my cover, but when I do, I’ll post it.

It appears 2015 was a better year than 2014 (You can read my 2014 reflection here), and I look forward to seeing what 2016 brings. I’ve never been one for new years resolutions but I have a few for this year:

  • Finish Grey Dawn
  • Obtain an agent
  • Make Rogue Agent a success
  • Work harder in promotion
  • Connect with readers
  • Network with other authors

I want to thank everyone for their support and friendship during the year. I’ve definitely increased my writer friends tenfold and I am very grateful to have met them. I joined a street team (S.A.S.S) who has helped me so much and I owe them everything.

What are your new years resolutions? Comment below.

 

 

 

 

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2014 – The Year That Was

2014 was a pretty eventful year for me – I had 2 book releases (Earthwalker and To lean on falling Men) and a promise for a third. What I mean by that is I had finally finished my first ever dystopian which had taken 6 months to write and edited it profusely for a few months. I had constant rejections until I was accepted by a known publishing house. All was good for a while. My book was to be released in August 2014 and I was really enjoying the editing process. I had a good relationship with my editor and things were looking up.

Then one morning I received an email from the CEO of the company informing me the rights had reverted back to me and my book was returned. What on earth had I done? Apparently I had refused certain edits with my editor (which I hadn’t) and my book wasn’t YA when they had in fact signed me up knowing my MS was New Adult.

I was furious with this company’s behaviour and disappointed. I had wasted all this time corresponding with them and refusing other offers. Though there was a silver lining. The book had extensive edits and 100% better than before, so I kept plodding along. After a few more months of rejections I ended up submitting to my current pub who accepted after reading the first 3 chapters. I was happy the book had found a home as it took all my blood, sweat and tears to finish it. Though I was still bitter with the original publisher. I dug deeper and discovered this company is known for cutting ties with authors if sales weren’t successful.

With all this drama going on, I had started a new job and began writing my next WW2 WIP Unspoken. Things were finally looking up. But as usual life gets in the way. I quit my job after having a pretty traumatic experience and put my WIP on hold.

My passion for writing wilted. I fell into a dark place and even questioned if there was even purpose to write anymore. Who was this person I had become? I found work pretty quickly again and was finally happy. I continued writing my WIP while preparing for my next release To Lean On Falling Men.

In July, I lost my job (go figure) and fell into my seventh month of writing my WIP. It was proving to be the longest length of time to finish it and I was wondering if it would ever be complete. During this time, I started research on my first sci-fi novel just to give my head a break.

In October, Unspoken was finally finished it’s first draft! I couldn’t tell you the weight that was lifted. It was hindering me – I couldn’t go on without finishing this book.

The events of the year was something I never anticipated. They tested and challenged me and made me a better person and writer. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – it was truly my mantra for 2014. As the year came to a close, I felt I had accomplished a lot.

Unspoken is now finished, ending its beta stage and currently in submission. I hope to find a good publisher or even an agent. For a nice end of year surprise, I received a check from my publisher with a surprising amount!

I am very hopeful for 2015 and hoping it will be a successful year. Have a prosperous 2015 to you all!