2019 a year in review
This year has been a really mixed one for me in terms of both life and writing. It hasn't been catastrophic, and I am well aware I lead a very fortunate life, but just like everyone some years are harder than others and this one has been a bit of a slog.
Let's start with the not so great writing-wise. I had some plans for some collaborative projects that I was excited by this time last year that fell through - one was a multi-author book and the other was a box set that got cancelled. I was excited by the prospect of not working alone so much, because being an indie author can be pretty lonely. In the end those projects falling through taught me a valuable lesson that I'm often better off on my own working at my own pace.
I had a target to release a certain number of books in 2018 and I didn't reach it. In fact I only released three books in 2018 under my name and two under a pen name. That was disappointing and the result of a tough day job that left me no time for anything creative at the end of the day. To be honest i felt out of sorts and like I was swimming through mud from about February onwards.
So when I think about my writing goals for 2019 I think of this song.
I released the Something to Sing About, from the Jewel Sisters Series just before New Year last year and yesterday I finished the third book in that series Something to Savor so it will be out in February and the final book Something Worth Saving will be out in March.
I released two books in the new Courtside Romance Series in July and November with two more to come in early 2019.
I was chosen to write a book for the No Brides Club Series for Sweet Promise Press which I'm super excited about. It did give me a collaborative experience which i had been looking for. I also joined a group of authors and we established the Coffee Talk on the Boardwalk Facebook group. We're releasing a series in 2019 and we've had a lot of fun with readers naming elements of the town Cinnamon Bay where the stories will be set.
In July I was in Washington DC for my day job and I hopped over to Denver to visit a friend and meet up with fellow authors attending the RWA (Romance Writers of America). I was able to meet up with the awesome authors who were present from the ChickLItChat Facebook Group for dinner and the next night I met with Melissa Storm the Publisher from Sweet Promise Press and some awesome sweet romance authors.
In November I was in LAs Vegas for the 20Booksto50k writers conference and I met lots of amazing and inspiring indie authors there. I made some great connections with people I plan to work with and collaborate with moving forward as well as gaining lots of knowledge on how to better market my books - now I just need to implement it all. Finally in December Laura Chapman, a fellow chicklit author was in town and we spent a glorious day talking all things books.
And I just worked out I read in excess of 200 books in 2018 - okay even I'm blown away by that!
So what lies a head for 2019?
I'm really excited about the year ahead. I've quite my day job and will be looking at new things work wise in 2019. Hopefully I'll have a little more balance and creative energy.
I'm keen to explore dictating my books so that I can walk and write - You can't write a book a month, work, runa family and exercise any other way - or I can't anyway.
I'm looking to aim high in 2019. What are your plans? Goals? Aspirations?
We started with a show tune so I figured we'd go out with one. Happy New Year. Thanks for reading and best wishes for a fabulous 2019.