2018 - a year in review… Meh.
Okay, it wasn’t stellar. I did finish a book, but it’s not yet fit to publish. So, that goes into turnaround as I work on the second book of my mystery/thriller series about Doyle Godwin. The tentative plan is to actually write two Doyle books in 2019, but let’s just see how the first one goes.
I am going to be re-doing the covers for the books I’ve already released. One of the countless difficulties in marketing a book is creating a cover that meets the criteria of the genre you’ve written. And then, you have to make sure it looks professional and eye-catching enough that people won’t just scroll past/walk past it. If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many similar looking covers out there, this is why. People demand originality, but if you wrap it in something they don’t recognize, they turn their noses up at it. I don’t know why this is, but I guess this is why advertising people make so much money as they do their Pied Piper routine and lead us a merry dance. My original covers weren’t awful, but “Monsters” was rushed and the execution could’ve been much better. I love the cover for my Dynamo book, but people aren’t paying any attention to it, so it means I’m going to try something different.
Jeez, well, I’m going to a two-day summit in Chicago in May, hoping to learn how to “sell more books”. This, after all, is the name of the game. The landscape changes so quickly for Indie authors, I’m hoping to pick up some useful tips to help me when I start cranking out more books. The most important part of selling books is to have books to sell, and I’ve been remiss in my writing duties over the past few years. That has to pick up if I stand a chance of making a nickel out of this line of work.
And don’t be mistaken, this is not just a hobby for me, even though I do have to write in my spare time. I don’t see myself ever making enough money to retire from my current bill-paying job, but it would be nice if I could.
Anything else to declare?
Nope. That’s about it. I’ve got to lose a ton of weight and make better use of my time in general throughout the year. And, of course, I’m looking forward to seeing Avengers: Endgame in April. lol. Perhaps not the loftiest goals, but I’ve got to start somewhere. If I can get two books written next year, it will have been a successful year for me. And I’ve always got the second Dynamo City book to clean up and get out into the world too, so perhaps there will be a few things to look forward to in 2019.
Happy New Year to you all. Lang may yer lum reek!