My author journey began almost two years ago and it's been a wild ride so far.
In that time, I've published three full-length novels and a short story. I've also written for four charity anthologies. I've had ups and downs, wins and losses. I've made an unbelievable amount of new friends in the book community. Authors. Bloggers. Bookstagrammers. Readers. My support system has grown by leaps and bounds, and I couldn't be more grateful.
When I got it in my head that I was going to write a book (Long Road Home), I never thought I'd end up where I am today.
I'm preparing to release my fourth book.
I'm plotting and planning my next series (which I'll announce next week).
I've got two secret projects that I'm super excited for, but can't talk about yet.
Another series is in the works and the ideas have not stopped flowing.
It's overwhelming, in the best way possible.
If my author journey has taught me anything, it's that I will never stop learning.
I'm not the same writer I was when I started. I'm constantly learning, changing, and growing. My books, my brand...they've been changing and growing along with me. I've made mistakes, but I've learned from them. I've discovered new, and often better, ways to get things done. I've learned my faults, and I'm working to make them work for me rather than against me.
And that's why I've made some recent changes, and will soon be making more.
Because I've grown.
Nothing major is changing, and all the changes are for the better.
You may have already noticed that I added individual book pages to my website. Before, I had one page for all my books (it's still there) and links to purchase. Now, if you click the book covers on that page, you'll be taken to a page with the cover, full blurb, Spotify playlist, and links to Pinterest, Goodreads, and Bookbub. If you love Pinterest as much as I do - check out the inspiration boards for each book!
The order form for signed paperbacks has been updated (upgraded). Now you pay right then and there when you complete the form. No more pesky PayPal invoices! The prices of the books appear to have increased, but they haven't. They were $15 previously, and are now listed as $18. The extra $3 covers shipping (within the US). You're actually paying less than you were before!
I also changed the way I send ARCs. I was sending direct-to-kindle, but it was a hassle and a headache, especially when it didn't work. After last month, when none of the books wanted to send, and I had to repeat the process several times, I got fed up. I signed up for BookFunnel and plan to use it to distribute ARCs from now on. Tomorrow morning will be my first time using it, so hopefully it goes smoothly!
The other thing changing is my newsletter. I'm going to be completely transparent right now.
My newsletter is boring AF. I don't even want to look at it. I'm working on revamping the design a bit and I'll be adding some new things to make it more interesting and fun to read each month. I also plan (and hopefully I can stick to it) to send it closer to the beginning of the month instead of in the middle.
I'm also going to do my best to keep this blog updated. This is one of the areas I find myself lacking, but I didn't think it was a big deal because writing books is more important! (LOL) I've got posts planned for the next couple weeks, and I'd love to hear ideas for things you'd like to see from me. Maybe a Q&A in the future? I'm open to suggestions!
I'm trying to be better, to do better. Not only for myself, but for all of you.
You deserve the absolute best of me in all aspects.