A preview of coming attractions

Now that 2017 has started, it’s time to look ahead to what’s in store, both personally and on the writing front.

Discounting the release of my first novel, 2016 was not a very good year, I had to have a major operation early last year for a burst appendix; it was good for losing some weight but I’ve seen put all that weight back on, and things didn’t improve after that. I intend that 2017 will be a much better year.

I’m not really one for resolutions, in my opinion they’re made to be broken; I do intend doing something about my waistline, though, that’s an issue I struggle with and which can’t be ignored. I need to lose some weight, so I will be eating a little healthier (mostly that means fewer cakes and chocolates) and getting a little more exercise, especially when spring arrives.

More important than my waistline, is my writing; I am currently editing my next novel, Written In Blood, a serial killer thriller set in a small village, which I hope to release in April. At the same time I am doing that, I am typing up the first draft of book 2 in my detective series, An Eye For An Eye, which currently has a release date of September.

I hope to get it out sooner, and I think it’s possible, but one of my goals for the year is to reduce my stress and anxiety levels; to that end I am avoiding the urge to put too much pressure on myself by setting hard to attain goals.

I also plan on releasing another short story later in the year, part of a serialised vampire story I’m working on; I have two parts of the story written, and a rough idea of where it’s going from there, but I need to flesh it out and get to work on it.

Outside of releasing new titles, I want to read 15 books in the next 12 months and reach the point where each of the titles I have available for sale is being bought at the rate of at least 1 copy per day. To my mind, that’s the first step towards making a living from my books, which is my ultimate goal.

With all of that said, I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and New Year, and you got whatever it is you wished for, and the coming months are everything you could want.

4 thoughts on “A preview of coming attractions

    • Busy is good, makes the time pass and keeps me distracted from snacking. I’m hoping I can get 3 books out this year, they’re all on paper already, so that makes it easier, but I’m not setting that as a goal to limit the stress.
      I think I have to work this hard anyway, if I want to make writing an actual money-making career for me, though I am open to getting lucky and doing well without the hard work.
      Hope things are going well for you; how’s the London trip going?

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      • I’m back home now. But I managed to bring a cold as a souvenir from the UK lol. When are you getting your new covers? I can’t wait to see them.

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      • We don’t like you to leave without a souvenir.
        I’ve just checked, and my cover proposal for Where There’s A Will is the 14th, so I’ll have it ready sometime between then and end of the month. Should be the same for the cover for Written In Blood. I can’t wait to see them either, I’m sure they’re going to have a major impact on sales.

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