2015 Reflections & 2016 Plans

2015 was a big year for me. It was the year I finally became an author. Before I just considered myself a writer but in 2015 I self-published my first novel, Darkest Nights -Awakening, and officially became an author. Now, almost a year since I took my first steps to achieve that goal I realise that I rushed it a bit. I just jumped right in with no build up to the book's launch. I had two glowing reviews, paid for 6 week advertising, which was then extended to two months because the advertiser failed to post on the agreed dates only for them to continue to miss the dates and I only got half of what I was promised.

While the content was there, the advertising was not. It's with that in mind that I decided to delay book 2 and focus on advertising book 1 throughout all of 2016. The second book is 80% done with only a few extra scenes to write and more editing to be done but with life comes more responsibilities and now I'm pretty much working full time to raise money for various things, meaning that I have to make extra time to continue writing, another reason for my decision to push Ashes to Ashes to a 2017 release window. That doesn't mean that my readers will go without any new Darkest Nights material, as I'll be releasing a short story titled Ascension, set between Awakening and Ashes to Ashes (I guess you could call it the "A" trilogy) but with AtA being so close to completion, it also allows me to do some work on other WIPs as well throughout 2016. 

2016 is all about setting my life on the right path and focusing on building an author platform while having the money to do so. It's a big undertaking. I know several authors who have quit their full time jobs to focus on writing and advertising but that isn't really an option for me. I know it's going to be hard but it's a challenge I have to face. 2016 was all about me rushing to realise my dream without thinking of the work needed before and after the release date. I know it's going to be hard but my dreams are far too important to me to just give up.

2016 is going to be quite a year.