Well… 2017 has been a bit of a rough one if I’m honest (which I try to be). It’s been a difficult year to create for me and many others if Twitter is to be believed. But when I sit down and push all the noise aside, I realize I did accomplish quite a bit in the last year, which I will now reflect on.
- I hit (and surpassed) the elusive 100 book sales mark for my debut novel The Wheel Mages.
- Note: 90% of self-published books will sell less than 100 copies, so this is a real accomplishment even if it doesn’t seem like much in terms of sales numbers.
- I published the second book in my Changing Tides series, The Blood Mage.
- Although I didn’t make into Pitch Wars this year, I did enter, which was quite a feat. Plus, it means I have a novel ready to query for (hopefully) a traditional publishing deal. The King’s Blade features a diverse cast of characters including a triumvirate of Deep Sea power by way of a competent assassin, a mermaid magician and scientist, a young king who has a knack for political maneuvers and on land, you’ll find a human prince who is softer than my average male character and a budding naturalist himself. I did more research for The King’s Blade than anything I’ve ever worked on, and I am immensely proud of it. Read more about it here.
With all that said, I do have some pretty serious writing goals for 2018. Let’s see if I can accomplish them!
- Create a real marketing strategy for my Changing Tides Series and execute, execute, execute!
- Pay off the editing fees for The Blood Mage.
- Finish the draft of the third book in my Changing Tides Series and get it out for developmental edits at the very least.
- Start querying The King’s Blade for a traditional deal.
- Finish my beta reads!
- Read, read, read (my TBR is out of this world and I can’t seem to stop buying more things to add to it!)
All you writers out there: What did you accomplish in 2017 and what are some of your goals for the New Year?
Happy Holidays everyone!