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Year One as an Author

It’s been a year since my debut hit the Amazon shelves and my gosh how life has changed in the span of 12 months. I’m not talking about how publishing a book changed my life, but how life…well changed in the twelve months. 

By now, I had wanted the second book in the series published, heck I wanted more published but truth is, writing while working full time and everything else that happens with life is hard. So in an effort to show what life is like for indie’s who work full time here’s some behind the scenes in the hope it shows that making your way as an author isn’t always an easy route. 

In the past twelve months I’ve done the following:

  • Quit a job that I had been in for three years
  • Was interviewed for a dream job and got rejected (this prompted me to completely re-evaluate my life)
  • Started a new job four days after my last day at above job
  • Ended up working in Finance and hated it
  • Made the decision to move back to the UK from Auckland, New Zealand after living there for six years
  • Arrived back in the UK on April 1
  • A month later started a new job in York and moved again
  • Finished the first draft of book two

So to say life has been busy is an understatement, however, I’ve thought of writing every single day, and written most days, so a publication date won’t be too far away. 

There’s a number of strategies out there that give indie’s all types of advice, but the best thing I’ve learnt is that you’ve got to go your own way sometimes. For now, I know I’m only doing this part-time and don’t particularly want to go full time as I finally have a traditional job that I’m enjoying. Writing provided a great outlet when I was miserable in my day job and now I consider it to be a wonderful past time. 

I have a ton of ideas though, moving to York has inspired a storyline for the next series of books once I wrap up the current series at book three and I want to keep developing and building on my content online, so it’s going to keep growing and I hope anyone who is reading this is happy to stick around. Next up – some business and writerly things I’ve learnt in the last year…!

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