Today marks the final day of 2016 and as I sit and reflect over the last twelve months, all I can say is WOW! To read last years click here.
In the earlier part of the year I went through my first (and only) author co-op with other Christian Romance authors. After a horrendous experience and almost losing my right to even publish, I questioned God through prayer. Spilling my heart out to Him, I asked him to let the publishing die off and go away if it wasn’t His will. I questioned it due to the struggle with the co-op and the plateau of sales that weren’t seeming to pick up enough steam.
He took me out of the murky depths of despair and blessed me. I know now, with absolute certainty, that this author thing is what I am meant to do. I know there will be struggles in the future, but I’ll go through them differently.
Onto the book stuff… 😀
Total Words Published in 2016: 344,460 words (**460,229 including unpublished)
Books Published in 2016: 10
After the Fire 1/10/16
A Chance at Love 2/9/16
The Lost Truth 4/5/16
Think, Write, Publish 4/25/16
One Thursday Morning 7/11/16
One Friday Afternoon 8/10/16
One Saturday Evening 9/10/16
One Sunday Drive 10/11/16
One Monday Prayer 11/10/16
One Tuesday Lunch 12/11/16
*Mark of Destiny (side project/rough draft/written by me)
**If Only (not released yet)
Goals From 2016 (What I wanted to do versus what happened):
- Release at least 3 standalone novels
Accomplished. Exactly Three if you count the writing book (I do because it took as long as a novel).
The Lost Truth
A Chance At Love
Think, Write, Publish
- Begin a series and get through at least book 5 of the series by end of the year
Accomplished. Began ‘Diamond Lake Series’ and released 6 books in the series
One Thursday MorningOne Friday AfternoonOne Saturday EveningOne Sunday Drive
One Monday Prayer
One Tuesday Lunch
- Attend at least one writing event
Sort of accomplished. Went to a local Writing Group several times throughout the year. They were mostly pointless, but it was nice to get together with other writers. In 2017 I hope to attend a writing conference of some sort.
Goals for 2017:
- Publish one book through a different avenue outside of self-publishing (Kindle Scout or Publishing House).
- Write 2 standalone novels
- Start and finish a series by the end of the year
- Start on a new series that will bleed into 2018
- Attend one writing conference
What I learned in 2016…
I learned being part of an author co-op for a series isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In the past I used to long to be part of such a thing, now… not so much.
BookBub isn’t king, Jesus is. I already knew this, but I experienced it in 2016. A better and more focused prayer life and relationship with God can move more books than BookBub. God is good and has blessed me beyond what I ever dreamed of. I’ve learned to continually commit my sales, my life and books to God daily. Not only has it helped sales, but it’s helped in all avenues of my life.
Quality over quantity. My word count isn’t as high as last year, but the quality has improved drastically. Every day I try to learn something new. Keeping a learning and humble spirit allows me to always improve my writing. While I’ve always been open to learning, I took a more dedicated approach by upping my reading/research/learning in 2016. I will continue into 2017 with this mindset.
One Liners That Rang True in 2016…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
While you’re busy making plans, life happens
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink
Trust God, verify everyone else
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.”
—Ray Bradbury, WD
With over 2,500 email subscribers and learning new things every day, I’m sure 2017 will be another wonderful year. Looking forward to what will come!