As I may have mentioned, I have goals for this year. Mostly they involve some aspect of reading/writing all the words and selling all the books. To that end, I made a few more specific goals and I thought I’d give you an update on my progress so far.
My reading goals for 2020 were originally quite simple. Read six books each in four categories: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Women Authors, Non-fiction, for a grand total of twenty-four books by the end of the year. Then I saw a reading bingo challenge that I thought looked fun, so I added that. But, since I apparently love nothing more than making things more challenging, I kept my original premise and blended the two together. So now I have this:
I’m letting my categories and the bingo card overlap as needed. I don’t know how many books I’ll end up with, but I’m sure to have fun and learn a good deal along the way. Any suggestions you may have are welcome.
My original publication schedule had nine books on it, the last book set to release in February of 2021. But, as you may have noticed, I can’t stand to leave well enough alone. So, I’ve decided to release four novellas. At least they are already written and just need new covers to make them launch-ready. More on that later.
The sad fact is, I can write all the words I want, in whatever order I like, but if no one reads them, it’s sort of like shouting into the heart of the forest when you are all alone except for the owls. Possibly enjoyable, but not very profitable. So, I’m working on a couple of methods for raising my profile.
One thing I’m working on is expanding my street team. Street team members are asked to help promote new releases and sales. They are given the opportunity to read and review free advance reader copies (ARCs) of every book before launch – meaning before anyone else even sees them – plus a few other fun things I’m still developing. If this sounds fun to you, click the link above and come join us.
So, I’ve been pretty busy in January, and February looks to be very similar. But you know what? I love it! Getting to know my readers, being more on task with my writing, reading more? All of these are great things. Who knew being intentional could be such fun?
How about you? How was your January?