On to 2015!

So, here we are- The beginning of a fresh New Year.

I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas and a great start to 2015 🙂

I thought about doing a round up post for 2014, but when I look back on it I was pretty overwhelmed. Not only did I achieve so much that I’m proud of, but I met so many incredible new friends and authors!

In December I did sit down and think about where I was heading in 2015, and how I was going to get there. 2014 was great, but I will admit I was all over the place. It was my first year at writing, blogging, publishing, reviewing, etc!

This time around I feel a little calmer and organised about it all 😀 I have a good plan going forwards.

Last year I got caught up in trying everything and, though it was great to learn so much, I need a more streamlined approach going forwards.

I have a new blogging schedule planned, a better timetable for publishing my books, ideas for improving my writing, but the main thing that caught me last year and gave me unbelievable amounts of stress…

Marketing.

Ah, yes. Marketing.

It really was a hate/hate relationship. I didn’t like doing it, you guys don’t like reading or seeing it 😀

So, this year, I have decided to take a different strategy for it. I realise it has to be done, but why should it give me such intense grief as it did last year? So, I have a much better plan in store for that, which involves focusing much more on reviews and visual marketing, trying to make it more fun rather than a chore.

Before this turns into an essay, I will just say that I am back and raring to go for 2015! I think it’s going to be an excellent year for us all!

I am gradually catching up with everyone’s blogs, which I have missed reading 🙂

So, whilst I catch up and try to get back into the routine, I hope you all have a fantastic start to the New Year and have already made great progress!

How was Christmas? Did you have a good start to the New Year?

The Plan

Because there always has to be a plan.

As I am looking (hoping!) to make my living out of being a writer I am trying to see it from a business-type perspective.

After doing some research into self-publishing and looking over a few forums and the like I discovered one of the advised approaches to self-publishing is to wait until you have a few books and publish them all at once. This is, apparently, to help make money quicker.

The logic behind this is if you publish one e-book a reader may buy it, enjoy it and want to buy more of your work. If you don’t have anything else they will leave and might forget about you when you do eventually publish something else. You have essentially lost that reader.

If you publish a few books at once you have given that reader the chance to purchase more of your books straight away.

Makes sense.

Obviously it is not all just about the money. I love writing and want to earn from it, yes, but I also want people to really enjoy reading my books. I want them to read a book of mine and come back desperate for more. In writing a few books at once I am giving myself a longer period of writing and editing time on those first novellas to get that quality that will bring people back instead of pushing one out in a rushed, excited state.

So, my plan is to publish three books (novellas) at once around mid-April.

I know what three books I want to write and am writing the first one at the moment and am most of the way through it!

In my posts I will always put an update of my progress at the bottom, this will help keep me motivated but also hopefully show people the realistic side of this goal!

My goals are:

At least 1500 words per day, 6 days a week.

First draft of first manuscript: 19th January 2014 (yes, that soon!)

First reading by my very kind readers: 20th-27th January 2014

First edit: 28th-31st January 2014

January E-Book Review out on 31st January 2014

As you can see, I have quite a busy time ahead of me. After the initial first edit I plan to put this novella away, far away. Not think about it until March when I will get it out again and read over it. By then I should have fresh eyes once again to edit!

And so we begin the first of my progress reports:

Progress Report:

Word Count: 3702

Status of First Manuscript: Writing first draft.

January E-Book Review: Choosing e-book.

My sister and mum said I should also put down the number of cups of tea I drank during my writing process that day… but for anyone who knows me that would be a horrifyingly embarrassingly high number.

What do you think of my plan? Is it an approach you’d take to publishing or do you think one book at a time is the better course of action?