It’s time to celebrate!
Somehow, another year has come and gone and I’m still doing what I love. Despite personal setbacks, financial concerns, and the pandemic, the last twelve months have been fruitful ones.
Three books published, for a total of nine
Added a new genre (fantasy)
More interaction with readers
New author biography
Improved marketing and sales
Added “the writing of” and reading samples to each book page on my website
Records reveal that in the last three years my books have sold over 52,000 copies in thirteen countries (96% FREE), along with over 917,000 kindle pages read, generating 59% of my income. Though the numbers look great, I’m not making much money, and all of it goes right back into publishing and promoting. I’m fine with that for now, as the goal is to build my brand and a broad reader base (hence all the FREE books). It feels as though I’m turning a corner here as my backlist grows, and I’m excited to see what it means for me professionally.
Last year’s goals never materialized for various reasons. My new ones, I hope, have a better chance of being accomplished.
Focus on writing new material
Three to four new releases
Set up my books for print on demand and broaden distribution
Make some author-to-author connections
Join at least one writing group or professional association
With each new book, I incorporate what I’m learning about the craft, marketing, and a thousand other things. My long-term goal is continued growth, better writing, and a broader reader base. I’ve seen some encouraging progress lately and anticipate another great year!