Well, it’s certainly been a while since last we talked – Happy New Year and all of those wonderful things that come with a fresh, new beginning!
I’m more than aware this post is late in coming, but with good reason. A LOT has been happening since Two Thousand Years released last month, mostly good a little blah, but I did take the time between Christmas and New Years to allow myself the time for self-care and to recharge to restart the new year fresh.
So, let’s step back to a month ago.
Two Thousand Years released on December 11, 2018. It was a whirlwind of a day with so much love and support. We also had a release party over on Facebook where I had a bunch of author friends help me celebrate. The night was finished with dinner and drinks at the Cheesecake Factory and things were good.
48-hours later, Two Thousand Years hit Best Seller on not one, not two, but three of it’s Amazon categories!
So things have been good. Most of it has been good.
Know what hasn’t been good?
Not all reviews. But some reviews.
Goodreads is harsh, especially when your reader pool has been expanded thanks to a random act of fate that threw your book on their December Release email blast. Not that I’m not grateful for that exposure, but it means I have little to no control over the readerbase. Not that any author should, but some do use their own personal pool of readers and reviewers to support them, and though I too do have that, there are many many more who are out of my circle. And that is scary, especially when the 1- and 2- star reviews start to roll in. The ratings begin to average and not everything can be a 4- or 5- star result. I suppose in that it’s a more realistic view of my works… a majority enjoyed it, some really did, and some really did not. It’s the did-nots that’s a little harder to swallow, but I’m getting better.
I also had the once-intelligent idea to submit my book to Netgalley for a month… and this right here represents the experience perfectly:
Now I’m sure there are some decent reviewers out there on Netgalley- I think I even got one. But let me tell you- when they don’t like your book, they will let you know. Almost too much. You can be critical but sometimes those reviewers can borderline in insulting and I’ve personally decided I don’t want to subject myself to that again. I lived, I learned. Fool me once, etc. etc. etc…
And then I had a book signing!
On December 15th, I was fortunate enough to have my very first author event at Storybook Cove in Hanover, MA. Granted, the only people who visited me were friends and family, but it was a great way to inaugurate myself with publicly speaking about my work.
But wait, there’s more!
What I also did was partake in a book blitz and a couple of blog tours during this last month. My blog tour with Xpresso Book Tours just ended on Friday but it was an amazing experience and I would highly suggest their services to anyone who’s looking for them. If you’d like to see the interviews, excerpts, guests posts and reviews from the tour, you can find them here.
So where does this all leave me now?
I’m still checking my Amazon ranking.
I’m trying my best to avoid Goodreads, though it’s hard.
And I’m moving forward.
The first two novellas for The Empire Saga are coming out next month, and I need to start working on revisions for Book2 to get them to my publisher this spring.
I also have a few more projects that I’m trying to juggle, some amazing opportunities coming to light, and just a whole lot of awesome to be had, so thank you for sticking with me and here’s to so much more to come!