Damn, I’m a bad blogger!
I was working on the website today and realized that it had been more than a year since I had blogged about anything. So let’s talk.
2016 was a tough year publishing wise. The market got a hell of a lot tougher and it was harder to connect with our readers. A lot of books flooded the market, diluting the pond, so to speak. I think I learned a lot, but I definitely didn’t sell as many books as 2015.
All around me, I see notes and posts from authors that are being forced to go back to the EDJ- Evil Day Job. That’s so disheartening to me because this profession truly is one of love for most authors.
I’m lucky enough that that isn’t a possibility. Money wise I’m still making a better living doing this than being a cop, plus I have a much lower risk of having my ass kicked or being bitten by a dog, or being involved in a high-speed crash. The list could go on. Lol!
The challenges in the market make small business owners like me work to stay pertinent. Experts say you need to release fast, fast, fast to stay in the public’s eye, and to a certain extent, I believe that, but it will burn you out. When you released a book 4 years ago, it stayed popular for longer. Now when you release a book you have a couple of weeks of popularity, then you start to sink faster without huge advertising intervention. It’s very daunting trying to stay up on the market, as well as write the next blockbuster at the same time.
Some people can’t, so they’re forced back to the EDJs!
So, I’m changing a few things up this year.
One, I’m staying closer to home. While I love going to conferences and meeting readers and seeing author friends, that doesn’t get my books written. The planning that goes into even a small day signing is significant and very distracting. If it’s an out of town trip, the planning is even more involved with travel, hotel, reader meets, author meets, plus everything you have to plan for at home before you leave. I have kids and horses and dogs and a wandering hubby I have to keep track of. This year I have 5 definite conferences, with maybe a couple of smaller, close ones thrown in. Definites are Washington, Pa, Lexington, Louisville, Atlanta, and Huntington. Check out my appearances tab on my website!
Two, I’m diversifying! This month, after I release SEAL’s Christmas Dream, I will have 16 books out in the Lost and Found series. Holy crapola! That’s a lot! And as much as I love the guys at LNF, I need to change directions a bit. I’m spinning off a series about Chad’s ranch. He and Lora are getting married on the Blue Star ranch, and his brother Brock and sisters need to find their own love! This will definitely be more Western!
Yes, I will also be starting the Dogs of War series, toward the end of the year. You will learn why Aiden/Jaime is the way he is, and we’ll meet his fire squad. I’m excited to write them. This will definitely have a bit of a paranormal bent, similar to Christine Feehan’s Ghost Walkers.
I’ll be doing an Elle James Brotherhood Protectors Kindle world in June! So keep a look out for that! As well as a couple other secret projects in the works!
Jeez, what else….
Yes, I have a second Needful Heart book that needs let out, tentatively titled A Hopeful Soul. Everyone always asks about this. Time, time, time…
Three, I’ll be opening a store here on my website, where I might offer limited signed print runs and swag and the like. I’m pretty excited about it.
Four, I’m going to be blogging more. I want people to be able to find information about what I’m doing and who I’m working on more easily. Also, for those that are into publishing, I’m going to be blogging about doing it yourself, even in this hard market. There’s so much misinformation out there that it’s disheartening, and I want people to be able to see how I did it myself. So, stay tuned for that.
Okay, I think that’s all I wanted to convey. Any big plans for your year ahead?