Another year gone and what have I done?

 

Image by Darren Tunnicliff

Image by Darren Tunnicliff

Hello readers,

Now that Christmas is out the way and another year is almost over, I thought I would take some time to reflect on what I have done over the past 12 months. When I think about it, it has been quite a big year for me as an author. I feel like I have worked hard and have seen progress and I’m confident that I’m on the way to achieving my dreams.

  • I continue to attend Vision Writers’ Group where I get to network with some amazing authors and learn new things,
  • I also joined a second writers’ group  known as Loganholme Writers’ group. This has been a great opportunity for me to see the differences between writers’ groups and I have certainly grown as a writer because of the differences/diversity,
  • I obtained an ABN (Australian Business Number),
  • I obtained an EIN (Employer Identification Number), which it turns out I didn’t really need at this point in time,
  • I’ve set up a P.O. Box,
  • I established a Kindle Direct Publishing Account,
  • I set up an Author page on Amazon’s Author Central,
  • I set myself up on CreateSpace so I can publish print copies of my book and make them available on Amazon,
  • I have set myself up on Draft2Digital, a site that allows me to self publish on a variety of platforms,
  • I’ve obtained a Mail Chimp account and created a sign up form with a free give-away of the anthology ’18’ to help build a mailing list (so I can email my readers when I release a new book),
  • I’ve been a lot more active on Goodreads as I try to learn more, review books and increase my audience,
  • I’ve read 21 books over the year, a combination of fiction and non-fiction books on writing, in order to improve my skills,
  • I’ve created a marketing plan for a series of short stories and a fantasy trilogy.
  • I have had 4 stories professionally edited (I’m currently going through the edits in preparation for publishing),
  • I found out that the way I had previously learnt to format my manuscripts in word for converting to e-book was not the best way to do so.
  • In light of the previous bullet-point, I’ve now taught myself how to format e-books in HTML for publishing and convert them to MOBI, PDF and EPUB,
  • I’ve also taught myself how to format print books for publishing,
  • I have written blurbs for 2 books in preparation for publishing,
  • I’ve tried (unsuccessfully) to create my own book covers,
  • I have bookmarked numerous Pre-Made book cover sites (and purchased suitable covers in preparation for publishing),
  • I’ve uploaded files to Amazon, CreateSpace and Draft2Digital,
  • I have self published ‘Low Life’ and ‘Darkness In Shadows’ as stand alone short stories,
  • I’ve linked my books to my author profile on Author Central,
  • I’ve linked my books to my author profile on Goodreads,
  • I have created a spreadsheet to store the publication data,
  • I’ve created a spreadsheet to keep track of my expenses and earnings,
  • I have updated my publications page on this blog site.
  • I sold my first self published book – YAY! (and a massive thank you to those of you who have purchased any of my books),
  • I have also managed to obtain a few reviews for my short stories (thankfully all positive so far), which is amazing as these reviews really make a difference to the discoverability of an author (so another massive thank you to those that have left a review, either on Goodreads, Amazon or anywhere else).
  • ‘Darkness In Shadows’ was published in the anthology Darkest Depths,

Wow! what a year it has been. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to you, my readers, who have made it all worth while. I hope next year is just as productive for me and that you’ll continue to support me by following my blog, reading my books and leaving reviews. I wish you all the best for a fantastic New Year!

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