Wow…it’s been a year since The Lerewood has been published with Kellan Publishing. It’s pretty crazy! As a newbie in the town of Authorville, I’ve learned a few things that I wish I could have told myself a year ago.
I think the biggest advice I would have given myself would be to have been more proactive about marketing. I consider myself a very ambitious person, so when I don’t reach goals I set for myself, I get frustrated. As a new author, I’m focused more on getting reviews and gaining fans and a social media following more than sales. I wanted to devise a plan in which I did some research, found people online who do reviews for The Lerewood’s dark fantasy genre, and email at least one person a day, asking them if they would be interested in receiving a free copy of The Lerewood in exchange for an honest review to be posted on a few websites such as Amazon and Goodreads. I found a few willing to review, but they only accepted physical books, rather than an ebook, and most of them lived internationally. Needless to say, sending so many copies of my books out cost a pretty penny.
I also wanted to start a video blog and have a Youtube channel, and try to gain some followers there. I got my camera, but the process of trying to find a good spot to film my videos in a house constantly under construction this past year has been a little difficult. I have been doing little things to prepare for my first video though, which I want to be perfect.
Although I haven’t reached my goals, I am working on them, just at a very slow pace. I think as a writer, one of my biggest challenges is time management. Most days I find it difficult to focus on one project, or I just have so much to do I get overwhelmed and things that should have been my priority, like writing on my new book, doesn’t get done. That, along with trying to start an editing business and spending the majority of my day reading and editing other manuscripts, it constantly feels like there is never enough time…or energy, in the day.
For the upcoming year, I’m making it one of my main goals to work on scheduling tasks in my day and moving priorities at the top of my list, and focusing my mind so that I don’t get so easily distract—hey, look! A squirrel! Let me go outside and throw him some peanuts!
Literally; this is how bad it is.
Anyway, speaking of writing new material, I am working on my next book. It incorporates so many genres—erotic romance, science fiction, fantasy, drama—that I’m not entirely sure what genre to call it! It will be a trilogy, with a sequel and possibly a prequel novel, because there is just so much material (I have about three hundred pages in notes alone and another several hundred pages of scenes I’ve already written). It’s about a criminal named Killian who hires a nanny, Abigail, to look after his young daughter, except Abigail isn’t who she says she is. The books deal with Killian’s struggle with finding love, and the battle between him and his inner demons, while Abigail tries to do what she was sent there to do by a mysterious Council. Killian suspects she is a spy, meant to infiltrate his futuristic technology company, but that is far from the truth.
My goal for the rest of the year, besides being more proactive with getting reviews for The Lerewood and followers, is to finish writing a decent amount of my new manuscript, and to write every day. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been following that number one rule, but once it becomes a habit, I’m sure it will stick.
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