It’s tough to believe that the first quarter of 2017 is nearly over. How did that happen so quickly? If these are the slow months this year, I can’t even imagine how the rest of the year is going to go.
But for my own edification, I wanted to do a recap over everything that’s happened over the last three months. It helps me to remember the things I actually did get done, especially in the face of this impossible calendar looming in front of me for the second quarter of the year!
I hate to even put this in, but I’m going to start with it to get it over with. The state of my novel projects is demoralizing. I planned to have two novels finished by this point, but that didn’t happen. I managed to write about 30,000 words on the the sequel to Meg Mitchell & The Secret of the Journal, but I haven’t gotten back to it yet.
I’m hoping that life will slow down enough after April that I can get back to fiction writing on a regular basis. And I know I’m not the only one who wants that, right?
I’ve continued to work with my established clients from the past few years on projects of varying complexity. So far this year, I’ve done a 32-page magazine, a product catalog, and helped produce and organize a sales conference in Denver. (The sales conference actually starts on Monday, so we’ll see if I did a good enough job!)
Something I’ve started working on this year is expanding my client base. I am currently open for new clients, so if you or someone you know is looking for a copywriter, I have spots open. Please email me!
Additionally, I’ve increased my mentoring and coaching clients, and I am in the process of pre-recording some remote webinars for basic software operation as well as foundational grammar and creative writing. That’s something I’ll be working on for a little while yet, so don’t get too excited. That being said, if you’re needing simple one-on-one courses on writing or WordPress operation, shoot me an email.
In January and February, I ran a free promotion through Ereader News Today for my books Namesake and Finding Fireflies, and the results were staggering. Namesake saw about 1,300 downloads, and Finding Fireflies saw almost 4,000! That’s a 4 with three zeroes, guys! Wow!
Shortly afterward, I ran free promos for Nameless and Meg Mitchell & The Secret of the Journal. They didn’t do as well, but not too shabby. Nameless had almost 800 downloads, and Meg Mitchell had nearly 1,000.
As you can imagine, that helped my books’ visibility on Amazon quite a bit, so that has been very exciting.
Another promotional type of thing I tried in February was my very first Comic Con as a vendor. I attended GalaxyFest 2017 in Colorado Springs, and I sold four books. Count them: 4.
I did meet a lot of really nice people, though, and I came away with a ton of ideas for the next Comic Con. Because there will be a next Comic Con. I’m not giving up on it yet!
Finally, for marketing and promotions, I tried something else for the first time: A Blog Tour. I had no idea what a blog tour even was, but thanks to the expert leadership of Laura A. Grace, we pulled off a fairly successful two-week-long event from February 27 to March 11. We ended with an epic Facebook party where two of my amazing author friends joined the festivities, Morgan Busse and Janeen Ippolito.
I also managed to cram in a speaking engagement this quarter too! A good friend of mine is a student teacher at Wichita’s North High School, and she invited me to speak about publishing in her sophomore English class. I had a ton of fun talking about my books and Crosshair Press with these great teenagers, and I’m hoping to get to do it again at another high school soon.
On top of all of this, my social life has just been absolutely nuts. The biggest event coming up is my best friend’s wedding. My sister-in-law and I are helping to plan the wedding, and it’s just been insane. Wonderful but insane!
So before the big day, we’re dashing away to Kansas City for one last hurrah as single ladies.
The rest of the year is an absolute mess. There’s so much happening that I can’t cram it all into one blog post, so be sure to keep your eyes open for all the exciting adventures I get to have this year. Let’s just say I’ll be hopping the pond again this summer!
So that’s what’s been happening in my neck of the woods. I’m excited about what’s coming up in the approaching months. Road trips and writing conferences, teaching sessions and international vacations, marketing conferences and expos, and of course Judgement House!
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