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Hopes for 2019

2019 has finally arrived on our doorstep and the start of the year normally means time for reflection and change. As you can probably tell, I’m still playing with this website, and have been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to do online this year. The main goal I have is to use the internet to build a digital community of readers and writers. I have some ideas on how to go about this which are currently being developed and will be released when they’re ready.

As for a writing update, here’s how things are going.

In 2018, I did very little in terms of author business work. I was in the midst of moving countries, then moving cities, dealing with family stuff, finding a new job and there were times when it was all getting a little much so I had to put my business on the back burner. I did however, finish the first draft of book two in the Genesis series, so that was my main accomplishment for the year.

Rogue, got rebranded to Sixth Extinction, and I’m so much happier with it now and know what I’m doing with it in my mind, whereas before I was still discovering. This wasn’t great in terms of a new author starting out but longer term I’m hoping it’ll work out for the best. So here are the figures based on no marketing:

Kindle sales (the book was in KU): 13

Free units: 172

Paperback: 5 (three sold as part of a charity auction)

Total: 190

Total pages read from KU: 3,887

This isn’t too bad for one book from an unknown author, and this wasn’t just family and friends so I think I’ve surprised myself!

Book two, Redux, is in edit mode and is going okay. I’m aiming to get this out this year. Book three, has started first draft stage, but I need to remember what happened in book two, so I can write a good ending to the trilogy.

I’ve also got ideas for the next series brewing, as well as ideas for podcasts and general marketing, so I’m hopeful that 2019 will be a better year in terms of publishing and getting work out there!

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